Bryson DeChambeau wins fifth PGA Tour title at Shriners


Bryson DeChambeau claimed his fourth PGA Tour title in just 12 starts with a one shot victory at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas

A spectacular 16th hole eagle from just under 60 feet moved DeChambeau back in to the lead, while defending champion Patrick Cantlay was left to rue a poor bunker shot on the penultimate hole. 

Cantlay was able to get one back on the final hole but would come up one shot shy of DeChambeau, whose first win of the season comes just a few weeks after he won back-to-back titles at the Northern Trust and Dell Technologies Championship. 

“When I hit it it’s like, all right, it’s pretty solid speed off the start,” DeChambeau said of the putt. “Then I saw it about halfway down there and I was like, ooh, that might be a little fast.

“For whatever reason the slope gradually declined and went to about like a two percent slope and the ball started just rolling perfectly to the right just like I had envisioned.

“It just held straight that last little bit and was able to trickle in. I haven’t given a reaction like that in a while. That was pretty cool.”

DeChambeau had shared the overnight lead but birdied two of his first four holes to move ahead, bouncing back from a bogey on the eighth with another birdie from just under 20 feet on nine to move back to 18-under. 

Meanwhile, Cantlay recovered from a bogey on the 3rd with four straight birdies from the 5th to get to 17-under, before adding another on the 11th. By the 16th, three birdies in four holes put him in to the outright lead, but it was then that a costly mistake from the bunker on 17 that swung the tournament in DeChambeau’s favour. 

DeChambeau parred his final two holes to guarantee a one-shot victory over Cantlay and a win for the third straight season, and fifth time overall on the PGA TOUR.

“I was just coming out here to try and kick rust off and was able to play some good golf,” DeChambeau said. “Didn’t putt my best, but was still able to get it done.

“I knew going into today I was hitting it really well. Started off awesome. Hit a great shot in there. You know, it’s always nice to start off with a solid four-footer going in in the hole.

“Then felt like I played really well all day. Couple errant shots, a little bit of nerves, you know, trying to shake the rust off, I guess. As it came down to it, I was able to breathe and control the situation each time it came up. Whether it was difficult or good I was able to control myself and get myself back down to a controlled state.

“That’s really what led me to claim victory this week. I really believe that.”

Elsewhere, Sam Ryder recorded the round of the day with a 9-under 62 to finish in solo third place at 19-under, while Rickie Fowler’s 8-under 63 left him in a share of 4th place with Abraham Ancer and Robert Streb. 

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