DeChambeau wins US Open that tortures Jon Rahm

The Californian (-6) won the first major of the course. Only he and Wolff (-2), who came out on top and broke in the last round, survived Winged Foot.


Never has a Spaniard won a US Open. The data will continue to be valid soon because neither Jon Rahm nor Rafa Cabrera Bello, the only two national golfers who managed to overcome the cut and survive four days of the diabolical Winged Foot, could fight yesterday for the first major on the calendar.

The Biscayan will have to wait at least until November, when the Augusta Masters will be played, perhaps the one that best suits his game, to bid again for his first major. In this US Open, the most demanding of all, also cruel, he only gave the sensation of having options on the first day, when he signed -1 and got into the lead field. An urgent meeting that night of the USGA, the American Federation, changed everything. A score of players at or below par was intolerable. The slogan from then on: let the greens of the New York (USA) track harden.

The tournament turned into a game of survival and Rahmbo was never comfortable. Neither from the tee, nor with the irons nor on the greens. The +6 of Saturday ruined his bet and the +3 of this Sunday, with five bogeys, three birdies and a devastating double bogey in the 18th, left him in 23rd place at the close of this edition. Result that also did not serve to threaten Dustin Johnson's number one, more solid with +2 in the last three laps and +5 in total for the top-10.

Cabrera Bello did not do much better, another who closed the first half of the tournament with options and ended up swallowed by the death trap of Winged Foot. The canary added a +8 to his +4 on Saturday, with two birdies, two double bogeys and six bogeys, and definitively buried his chances of being among the best.

An unsuspected duel between DeChambeau and Wolff

Those were Bryson DeChambeau and Matthew Wolff, who turned the outcome into a heads up. The scientific gunner, who squeezes each ball from the tee and plays with a unique club configuration, against one of the young talents of the circuit, with a swing that no teacher would recommend but that has put him at the gates of a big game trophy at age 21

Curious duel that in the final stretch he opted for DeChambeau's side, with a return of -3 to -6 in the accumulated and four strokes of advantage over Wolff (+5 in the day). Only they survived below par among the 142 who started the date. The 27-year-old Californian already has seven PGA victories, whose distance from the tee statistic leads on the fairway. A new diet to gain muscle and a change in his swing have made him the great puncher of the American circus. A freak that arouses admiration and suspicion alike, but with a method that pays off.

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