DeChambeau Holds Fed Ex Cup Playoff Lead with Second Consecutive Win

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Bryson DeChambeau won his second tournament in a row, and second consecutive Fed Ex Cup Tournament of 2018.  He’s on an unprecedented run as he hammers up the list of the best players in the game.   The win moves Bryson to seventh in the world and has a nice lead in Fed Ex Cup Points moving into the third leg of the playoff race.

It was the first time since 2008 and Vijay Singh that someone won the first two tournaments of the Fed Ex Cup Playoffs.  He is the 6th player to win back to back in the Playoffs and the first player to win consecutive tour events since Justin Thomas. It was an impressive win but could not have happened without that 63 on Sunday.  Hitting 16 of 17 greens and putting himself in position to make birdies on Sunday while playing with Tiger Woods was the driving force for the win this week.

When you listen to his post game presser, or the way he talks on the course with his caddie one would question if he was playing golf  or landing a plane.  He talks about air flow and his mechanics, and he  uses numbers in way no one else does right now.  It’s strange, but impressive and most importantly for Bryson… it’s working.

Final Leaderboard

  • Bryson DeChambeau 70-68-63-67—268 (-16)
  • Justin Rose 65-67-70-68—270 (-14)
  • Cameron Smith 69-66-67-69—271 (-13)
  • Hideki Matsuyama 71-69-67-65—272 (-12)
  • C.T. Pan 69-68-69-66—272 (-12)
  • Tony Finau 69-68-67-68—272 (-12)

Notables

One of my favorites coming into the tournament was Tony Finau and he had an opportunity on Sunday to close in on Bryson but could not take advantage of the birdie holes down the stretch.

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Cameron Smith was just two strokes back heading into the final par five and had an opportunity to put a scare into DeChambeau.   But he would put a 201 yard seven iron into the hazard in front of the green, resulting in a drop and an eventual bogey on that final hole.

Justin Rose continues to play really consistent golf round after round and his consistency would give him a second place finish.

Tiger Woods would fade down the stretch and finish at 7-under as he played the final 5 holes at 3+over including a double bogey at the par three 16th hole.

Phil Mickelson shot the round of the day with a 63 making nine birdies and just one bogey.   The 8-under round would propel him to 10-under overall.  It was the round he needed coming into the BMW Championship.

Speaking of the BMW Championship, he is the only player in the history of the Fed EX Cup Playoffs to move on to the BMW Championship every season.

 

Author: Jhavelka