Bryson DeChambeau overtook Dustin Johnson at the top of the FedEx Cup Rankings with his second victory of the year at The Northern Trust
Bryson DeChambeau boosted his Ryder Cup chances once more as he cruised to his second victory of the year at The Northern Trust in New Jersey and moved to the top of the FedEx Cup standings.
The 24-year-old posted a final-round two-under 69 to win the first play-off event by four shots over fellow Ryder Cup hopeful Tony Finau.
"It's amazing," DeChambeau said. "This one was different. I had to grind out a couple shots at the end. Wasn't expecting a couple of the shots I hit; a little nerves here and there."
"Not really knowing what to do under the gun like that with that tremendous of a lead, I'm kind of trying to protect a little bit. It was a big learning experience for me."
"I'm super stoked to be No. 1 right now, and see what next week and the weeks after hold."
DeChambeau's third round 63 propelled him to the top of the leaderboard with a four shot advantage, and back to back birdies on his opening two holes of the final round gave him a cushion it looked unlikely any player could threaten.
Two dropped shots on the third and ninth holes pushed him back to 16-under-par, and it was then Aaron Wise made the biggest move - getting to within two shots after four birdies from the 10th to 14th holes.
But while Wise went on to bogey both the 15th and 16th, DeChambeau once more extended his lead with back to back birdies from the 12th, before parring his way in to claim his third PGA Tour title.
Afterward, DeChambeau was asked if he felt he had sent a message to Ryder Cup Captain Jim Furyk.
He responded; "I said I was a man on a mission yesterday, and hopefully he can see that I've got some grit and grind, and that even when I don't execute certain shots, I can get it done."
Tony Finau finished with a three-under 68 to claim solo second, with Billy Horschel and Cameron Smith a shot further back on 13-under. Ryan Palmer, Aaron Wise and Adam Scott shared 5th place, while Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka and Patrick Cantlay rounded out the rest of the top 10 on 11-under-par.
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