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DeChambeau wins Shriners by 1

Monday, November 5, 2018

Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

Las Vegas, Nevada




One start. One win.

Last five starts. Three wins.

Last 12 starts. Four wins.

Last 34 starts. Five wins.



It took Bryson DeChambeau 40 starts to win his first PGA TOUR title, so if my math is correct, that’s five wins in his last 34 starts (14.7%), four in his last 12, and three in his last five. He’s hummin’.




Playing out of the final threesome and making his season debut, the overnight co-leader and World No. 6 hung up a 5-under-par 33-33=66 in Sunday’s final round at TPC Summerlin for a 72-hole aggregate of 21-under 263, good for a one-shot victory over runner-up and defending champ Patrick Cantlay, who shot 65 out of the penultimate threesome, two better than Sam Ryder, who finished solo 3rd after a career-low 62 out of the fifth-to-last threesome.





Final Leaderboard (pre-tourney odds outright):



1- (-21, 263) Bryson DeChambeau (14/1)

2- (-20, 264) Patrick Cantlay (18/1)

3- (-19, 265) Sam Ryder (66/1)

4- (-17, 267) Rickie Fowler (12/1)

4- (-17, 267) Abraham Ancer (66/1)

4- (-17, 267) Robert Streb (125/1)





The 25-year-old, a pre-tourney 14/1 outright, bags his fifth TOUR title in 73 events (68 pro), first since the 2018 Dell Technologies Championship three starts ago, and improves to 3-for-3 when leading/co-leading at the three-quarter pole. #Closer




Question: Just how prodigious is DeChambeau’s career so far?



Answer: With his win at the above-mentioned Dell Tech, he won for the fourth time in 70 starts. The last instance of a player winning four times in 70 or fewer starts was Rory McIlroy in 2012, whose win at the PGA Championship that year was his fourth in 50 starts. DeChambeau was also the U.S. Amateur champion and the NCAA Individual champion while at SMU.



This was the California native's third Shriners and second top 10, supplanting a T7 last year, where he opened and closed with 67s.



With a Strength of Field rating of 211 (up from 137 last year), he banks 40 world-ranking points and nudges one spot to a career-high 5th in the Official World Golf Ranking.



OWGR rank after each win:


5th (2019 Shriners)




81st (2017 John Deere)



Don’t forget, in calendar-year 2018, DeChambeau cracked the OWGR Top 50 (for the first time) and the Top 10 in the same year, which is a meteoric rise.


In all, he won three times last season in 26 starts and recorded nine overall top 10s, seven of those top 5s.



After kicking off the postseason with consecutive wins, DeChambeau was the FedExCup leader entering the TOUR Championship but finished 19th for a second straight event (BMW Championship) to end a career-best 3rd in the FEC standings.


Then, a disappointing 0-3-0 record in his first Ryder Cup, joining fellow captain’s picks Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson with goose eggs on the week. That included a 5-and-4 drubbing in Saturday afternoon Foursomes (with Woods) to Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood, and a 1 UP loss to Alex Noren in the 12th (and final) Sunday Single’s match, one of four matches that had to be completed even though the Euros had already won back the Cup.



Then, after being on the losing end in Paris, he takes a month off, and reemerges in Vegas in a BIG WAY.



Form: 1-19-19-1-1



Weekend rounds in these last five events: 66-65-67-66-67-64-67-63-69-63




FUN FACT: DeChambeau preceded this current run of form with a MC at the PGA, finishing 9th in the U.S. Ryder Cup team standings with the Top 8 automatically qualifying post-Bellerive. He responded with back-to-back wins at THE NORTHERN TRUST and the Dell Tech.



FUN FACT: Then, DeChambeau follows an “ofer” at the Ryder Cup with a win at the Shriners. Translation: Roster him after a disappointment takes place.





After kicking off in 66-66-65, he co-led with Peter Uihlein, who was the 18- and 36-hole leader, and hit 10 (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, gaining 2.204 strokes approaching and 3.767 strokes tee-to-green.


The Dallas resident squared a lone bogey-4 at hole 8, outflanked by four birdies at 1, 4, 9 and 10, culminating with eagle-3 at 16 from off the green 57'7" away using the flat stick.



He went out in 2-under (3 birdies, 1 bogey), including a 17-footer for birdie-4 at 9, now tied for the lead with playing competitor Lucas Glover who turned in 3-under (3 birdies, no bogeys).


DeChambeau quickly regained the top spot on 19-under, going back-to-back with birdie-3 at 10 after stuffing his approach from 121 yards to 36 inches.


One group ahead, defender Cantlay circled 11, his fifth birdie in his last seven holes, to get within one, and DeChambeau would maintain that margin with a 6’5” par-saver at 11 after an errant tee shot.


Glover bogeyed 11 and Cantlay bogeyed 12, and eight groups ahead, Rickie Fowler, also making his season debut, two-putted the par-4 18th for bogey-free 63 and the clubhouse lead on 17-under. At the time, Fowler was T2, two back, but would end up T4, four adrift.


Ryder birdied the drivable par-4 15th, his eighth circle of the round, now solo 2nd and one back, but then from the fairway at the par-5 16th (196 yards out), he dunked his second short into the water but managed to save par from 12’1”.  


Cantlay birdied 13, now T2 with Ryder and one back, and Glover joined that T2 with birdie-4 at 13 as well. Two holes later, Glover would turn a birdie try at 15 (from 4’6”) into a 3-jack bogey, yipping a 2’3” come-backer, and later, penalty dropped two separate times at 18 en route to triple bogey-7 and T7 after even-par 71.


Cantlay drove the green at 15, two-putted for birdie-3, tying DeChambeau for the lead on 19-under.    


Ryder, in his high-waters, birdied 18 from 15’0” to tie the lead on 19-under. Overall, the Stetson alum played his final 33 holes in blemish-free 15-under.


Cantlay canned a 14’11” birdie-4 at 16, now the outright leader by one (over DeChambeau and Ryder), but bunkered his tee ball at the par-3 17th and duffed his second, barely getting out of the greenside bunker.


At the same time, back at 16, DeChambeau, who just whiffed birdie at 15 from 6’1”, rammed home the eagle (putt) from just inside of 58 feet, followed by a huge fist-pump.


Back at 17, Cantlay, hearing the roar and from the rough 42’9” away, missed par with the flat stick to complete the 3-shot swing in favor of DeChambeau, who now led by two with two to play.


DeChambeau would two-putt the 17th for par while Cantlay would bounce back with a closing birdie-3 at 18 from 8’0”, forcing DeChambeau to make par for the win, which he did. Fairway. Green. 2-putt from 30’6”. He recorded 1.600 putts per GIR and -0.916 SG: Putting with 28 total putts.



For the week, DeChambeau, who was the top-ranked OWGRer in the field, tallied one eagle and 22 birdies against just three bogeys and ranked No. 1 in Par-4 Scoring, Birdie to Bogey Ratio, SG: Tee-to-Green and the All-Around, and was T1 in Total Bogeys. See his full stats at the bottom.





Leaders in Strokes Gained Stats:



SG: Off-the-Tee


1. Cameron Champ (7.601)

2. Patrick Cantlay (4.759)

3. Jhonattan Vegas (4.573)

4. Aaron Wise (4.415)

5. Joaquin Niemann (4.165)


6. Bryson DeChambeau (4.012)



SG: Approach-the-Green


1. J.J. Spaun (8.426)

2. Davis Love III (7.690)

3. Bryson DeChambeau (7.011)

4. Chris Stroud (5.216)

5. Matt Kuchar (4.710)



SG: Around-the-Green


1. Beau Hossler (4.210)

2. Robert Streb (3.566)

3. Tony Finau (3.205)

4. Kevin Streelman (2.657)

5. Bud Cauley (2.635)


7. Bryson DeChambeau (2.526)



SG: Putting


1. Si Woo Kim (9.818)

2. Abraham Ancer (6.768)

3. Cameron Davis (6.443)

4. Jose de Jesus Rodriguez (5.080)

5. Whee Kim (4.656)


45. Bryson DeChambeau (0.346)



SG: Tee-to-Green


1. Bryson DeChambeau (13.552)

2. Patrick Cantlay (9.916)

3. Sam Ryder (8.872)

4. Joaquin Niemann (8.648)

5. Robert Streb (7.948)





DeChambeau’s Career:



Starts: 73 (68 pro)

Cuts Made: 45 (61.6%)

WDs: 3


Top 25s: 22 (30.1%)

Top 10s: 13 (17.8%)

Top 3s: 8 (10.9%)

Wins: 5 (6.8%)




5 wins




2019: Shriners (co-leader)

Shot: 5-under 66

Winning Margin: 1 shot

Career Start: 73 (68 pro)

Event Type: FULL FIELD



2018: Dell Technologies Championship (come from behind, 1-shot deficit)

Shot: 4-under 67

Winning Margin: 2 shots

Career Start: 70 (65 pro)




2018: THE NORTHERN TRUST (leader by 4)

Shot: 2-under 69

Winning Margin: 4 shots

Career Start: 69 (64 pro)




2018: the Memorial Tournament (leader by 1)

Shot: 1-under 71

Winning Margin: PLAYOFF

Career Start: 62 (57 pro)

Event Type: FULL FIELD



2017: John Deere Classic (come from behind, 4-shot deficit)

Shot: 6-under 65

Winning Margin: 1 shot

Career Start: 40 (35 pro)

Event Type: FULL FIELD




FUN FACT: Three of DeChambeau’s five wins, two straight, were on TPC’s (Summerlin, Boston, Deere Run).




Wins by Season:



2019: 1

2018: 3

2017: 1 (John Deere Classic as first-time member, not rookie)

2016: 0 (12 non-member starts)








A total of 74 pros from a field of 132 pros made the 36-hole cut of 3-under 139:



41 (of 66) EARLY/late

33 (of 66) LATE/early



14 players finished in the top 10:



EARLY/late (8):


Bryson DeChambeau (Won); Patrick Cantlay (2nd); Robert Streb (T4); Ryan Palmer (T7); Chesson Hadley (T7); Lucas Glover (T7); Brandon Harkins (T10); Scott Piercy (T10)



LATE/early (6):


Sam Ryder (3rd); Rickie Fowler (T4); Abraham Ancer (T4); Bud Cauley (T10); Joaquin Niemann (T10); Gary Woodland (T10)







3 tourneys this season with a traditional draw:






EARLY/late: 2 (DeChambeau)


LATE/early: 1





Field Scoring Average:



This was the 36th playing of the Shriners, 11th straight with TPC Summerlin as the sole venue:



Scorecard Yardage: 7,255

Par: 71 (35-36)



Cumulative scoring averages:



R1: 70.35 (contested over two days)

R2: 69.13 (contested over two days)

R3: 68.57

R4: 68.85


Total: 69.37



DeChambeau: 66-66-65-66 for 13.896 SG: Total



FUN FACT: Four of DeChambeau’s five wins were on par-71 courses (72: 2017 John Deere). R4 scoring average in those five wins: 67.60




DeChambeau’s Position by Round:



R1: T5 (3 back)

R2: T4 (3 back)

R3: T1




Leader/co-leaders by Round:



R1: Peter Uihlein (finished T23): 0-for-1 as 18-hole leader/co-leader


R2: Peter Uihlein (T23): 0-for-1 as 36-hole leader/co-leader


R3: Peter Uihlein (T23): 0-for-1 as 54-hole leader/co-leader

R3: Bryson DeChambeau (Won): 3-for-3



NOT SO FUN FACT: Playing out of the final threesome, overnight co-leader and World No. 73 Peter Uihlein labored to a 4-over-par 37-38=75 in the final round, tumbling 22 spots to T23 on 12-under 272 (63-66-68-75), a distant nine in arrears.


The 29-year-old was chasing his first TOUR title in 60 events (54 pro) and endured a forgettable Sunday, ending with two birdies against four bogeys and double bogey-5. On five (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, he lost 5.644 strokes tee-to-green and 0.505 on-the-green.





Low Rounds:



R1: 63: Peter Uihlein


R2: 65: Whee Kim, Cameron Champ, Jhonattan Vegas, Denny McCarthy, Harris English, Ryan Palmer, Troy Merritt, Sungjae Im, Anders Albertson, Ryan Moore, Brian Gay


R3: 61: Lucas Glover


R4: 62: Sam Ryder*


*career low




Bogey-free Rounds:



R1: (4): Seth Reeves (64); Bryson DeChambeau (66); Lucas Glover (67); Kevin Tway (67)


R2: (7): Whee Kim (65); Sungjae Im (65); Brian Gay (65); Robert Streb (66); Chris Kirk (66); Harold Varner III (67); Sangmoon Bae (68-MC)


R3: (6): Patrick Cantlay (63); Chesson Hadley (65); Bryson DeChambeau (65); Cameron Champ (66); Bud Cauley (67); Kelly Kraft (67)


R4: (5): Sam Ryder (62); Rickie Fowler (63); Brandon Harkins (64); Joaquin Niemann (66); Alex Prugh (69)



Multiple Bogey-free Rounds:


DeChambeau (x2)





Odds Favorite(s) Outright:



Dating to the beginning of the 2016-17 season (147 events), the pre-tourney fave/co-fave has won 10 times.



Last Season:



47 (non-team) tournaments

4 pre-tourney fave/co-faves won:



Dustin Johnson: 11/2 (Canadian Open)

Dustin Johnson: 6/1 (St. Jude)


Jon Rahm: 8/1 (CareerBuilder)

Justin Thomas: 15/2 (CJ CUP)




Tony Finau: Arriving off a P2 in China, his fourth top 10 in his last five starts dating to a solo 2nd at The NT, the pre-tourney 11/1 fave outright finished T36 on 10-under 274 (69-68-69-68). That’s his worst finish since T42 at the 2018 PGA seven starts ago and ends a streak of five straight top 25s. For the week, the World No. 15 ranked 3rd in SG: Around (3.205) but it couldn’t overcome a 63rd in SG: Approach (-1.511) or 53rd in SG: Putting (-0.671).








The last 11 winners on TOUR (reverse order): Brandt Snedeker (Wyndham); Bryson DeChambeau (The NT); Bryson DeChambeau (Dell Tech); Keegan Bradley (BMW); Tiger Woods (TOUR Championship); Kevin Tway (Safeway); Marc Leishman (CIMB); Brooks Koepka (CJ CUP); Xander Schauffele (WGC-HSBC); Cameron Champ (Sanderson Farms); Bryson DeChambeau (Shriners)








Through 6 non-team events this season:



4 winners were in their 20s (DeChambeau: age 25)

2 were in their 30s

0 were in their 40s




Last Season:


20s: 17

30s: 24

40s: 6





DeChambeau’s Weekly Stats (ranking of 74 players):



Eagles: 1 (T9)

Birdies: 22 (T10)

Bogeys: 3 (T1)


Birdie or Better: 31.94% (T8)

Birdie to Bogey Ratio: 7.67 (1st)



Par-3 Scoring: 2.88 (T15)

Par-4 Scoring: 3.73 (1st)

Par-5 Scoring: 4.42 (T22)



Driving Distance (all drives): 302.0 yards (23rd)

Driving Accuracy: 44/56 (4th) at 78.57%

GIR: 60/72 (T4) at 83.33%

Proximity to Hole: 32’2” (10th)

Putts per GIR: 1.667 (T13)

Total Putts: 115 (T15)

Putts by Round: 30-28-29-28

Scrambling: 9/12 (T3) at 75.00%

All Around: 1st      




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