DeChambeau rolls to 4-stroke win at Northern Trust
PARAMUS, N.J.—Bryson DeChambeau carded a stress-free, final-round 69 on Sunday, Aug. 26, to post a four-stroke win at The Northern Trust at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J., in the first of the PGA Tour's four FedEx Cup Playoff events.
DeChambeau finished at 18-under 268 after 72 holes to move from ninth place to first in the playoff standings after a four-birdie, two-bogey round on Sunday.
Tony Finau, vying with DeChambeau for one of the four captain's picks for the United States Ryder Cup team, fired a 68 in the final round and ended up in second at 14 under.
Billy Horschel (who shot a bogey-free 68) and Canada's Cameron Smith (70) tied for third another shot back of DeChambeau. Ryan Palmer shot a 65 on Sunday to move up 21 spots into a tie for fifth at 12 under along with Aaron Wise (67) and Australia's Adam Scott (71).
The win was the second of the season for the 24-year-old DeChambeau—he won the Memorial Tournament on June 3—and the third victory of his PGA Tour career. He has recorded eight top-10 finishes this year on the PGA Tour, including a second, third, fourth, fifth and seventh.
DeChambeau, who ended up in ninth place in the U.S. Ryder Cup standings and the best player not guaranteed a spot on the team, likely locked up his invitation from captain Jim Fuyrk, who will choose the final four players for his squad following the next two tournaments.
It was the ninth win this season on the PGA Tour by players 25 years old or under.
Justin Thomas (who had a 68 in the final round), reigning U.S. Open and PGA Championship winner Brooks Koepka (69) and Patrick Cantlay (69) shared eighth place at 11 under.
Four players tied for 11th at 10 under, including Bronson Burgoon (66), World No. 1 Dustin Johnson (68), Nick Watney (69), and Canada's Adam Hadwin (70).
Phil Mickelson managed only an even-par round on Sunday and finished tied for 15th, while Tyrrell Hatton of England (a round-low 64) and Jason Day of Australia (71) finished in a group tied for 20th.
Keegan Bradley, who played with DeChambeau in the final group Sunday after beginning the day in second place and four shots off the lead, ballooned to a 78 in the final round, 16 shots worse than his course record-tying 62 on Saturday, Aug. 25.
Tiger Woods also mostly struggled over his final 18 holes, finishing at 4 under after a 70 on Sunday. A day after recording his first bogey-free round since 2013, Woods had two birdies and a bogey and never made a run.
The top 100 players in the FedEx Cup points standings will advance to next week's Dell Technologies Championship outside Boston.
Among those players who moved up the standings to inside the top 100 from this week's event were Burgoon, who moved from 111th to 73rd, Jhonattan Vegas of Venezuela (from 123rd to 87th), Watney (from 102nd to 67th), Scott Stallings (107th to 94th) and Danny Lee of Australia (103rd to 98th).
Those players falling out of the top 100 included Charl Schwartzel of South Africa (96th to 105th) and Rory Sabbatini of South Africa (97th to 109th), both of whom missed the cut this week.