WINNER: Bryson DeChambeau is a PGA Tour winner again.
DeChambeau failed to hole his 8-footer for par to win the Memorial in regulation, but he wasn’t fazed.
He fell into a three-way playoff with Byeong Hun An and Kyle Stanley. A bogey at the opening playoff hole (No. 18), eliminated Stanley. The second extra hole (No. 18 again) saw An hit an incredible flop to 3 feet for a potentially huge par save.
But DeChambeau had a 10-footer for birdie and ended it all by draining the putt. The 54-hole leader struggled all day to find fairways, only hitting five of 14 in regulation Sunday, yet still found a way to play his first 17 holes in 2 under.
He was 16 under for the tournament as he played the final hole of regulation and was tied with Kyle Stanley, who made four straight birdies from Nos. 14-17, for the lead.
Stanley missed his 15-foot par effort to open the door for DeChambeau, who failed to close. Two holes later, DeChambeau indeed finished things off.
DeChambeau, 24, has been a name of renown ever since he captured the NCAA Championship and the U.S. Amateur in the same year (2015). He proved his talent when he finished T-4 in his pro debut at the 2016 RBC Heritage and then earned his opening PGA Tour victory at last year’s John Deere Classic.
Earlier this year, DeChambeau was in position to win an event where a golfing legend served as a longtime host (the Arnold Palmer Invitational) before Rory McIlroy went on a late run of birdies to run away from the field. DeChambeau finished second that week.
But now he has a first at the tournament hosted by Jack Nicklaus. A pretty nice run for the 24-year-old.