When his 7-foot putt fell on the 18th, DeChambeau pushed those two powerful arms up into the air. It was validation that his idea of adding 40 pounds of mass, to produce an incredible amount of speed and power, would lead to times like this.
Two shots behind Matthew Wolff before the final round, he passed him in five holes, moved away to start the back nine and ended up winning by six shots.
Wolff, trying to become the first player since Francis Ouimet in 1913 to win the US Open in his debut, closed with a 75.
Just under a year ago, DeChambeau closed his 2019 season in Las Vegas and said, “I’m going to come back next year and look like a different person.
He lived up to his word among skeptics wondering if the smash factor would work in a major, especially the one in Winged Foot where keeping him in short grass was equivalent. DeChambeau vowed to keep hitting him as far as he could, even if that meant being in the rough.
And it worked. He only hit three fairways on Saturday, six on Sunday and 23 for the week.
Skepticism turned to admiration, with a healthy dose of disbelief.
“I don’t really know what to say because it’s the complete opposite of what you think a US Open champion does,” said Rory McIlroy. “Look, he found a way to do it. Whether that’s good or bad for the game, I don’t know, but it’s just not how I saw this golf course played or this tournament played.
Louis Oosthuizen birdied the 18th to finish third alone.
In the previous five US Open at Winged Foot, only two of 750 competitors have beaten par over 72 holes, and that was the same year in 1984 when Fuzzy Zoeller and Greg Norman finished 4 under 276.
DeChambeau finished 6 under 274, a score no one saw coming.
He left nothing to chance, staying on the driving range until 8 p.m. – the club turned on the lights for him – in cold weather as he pounded pilot after pilot, trying to find enough precision to take him On title.
The US Open was still up for grabs for a fleeting moment around the corner. DeChambeau and Wolff each got out of their position on the eighth hole and bogeyed. DeChambeau was 3 cents, one shot past Wolff. In front of them, Oosthuizen and Xander Sc Chaudele hid in a tie.
There was still the final nine to play, where so much has gone wrong at Winged Foot over the years.
Not this time.
DeChambeau and Wolff exploded records on the fairway at the ninth par-5. DeChambeau rolled into a 40 foot eagle putt with perfect rhythm. Wolff, who had a pitching corner for his second shot, tied his eagle with a 10-foot putt.
Just like that, it was a two-man race.
And then it was a one man show.
Wolff’s tee shot on the 10th par 3 rolled left into the thick neck of the bunker, a place so precarious he had to stand in the deep bunker and grab the steel shaft of his sand wedge halfway. He chipped 10 feet through the hole for a bogey to fall two hits behind.
Then the 21-year-old Californian blinked. From the fairway on the 11th, his wedge was chunky and in the rough right and he had to fight for par instead of creating a reasonable birdie chance. DeChambeau from the rough right was short, but used the putter on the green for birdie from 15 feet away.
With a three-stroke lead, DeChambeau continued to explode as if chasing, not in the lead, as he had said. He saved the normal from the deep left rough on the 14th, swallowed another protein shake on the way down on the 15th, marching to a major title that he validated his original approach to the royal and ancient game.