Memorial magic for DeChambeau at Jack's place
Rising star Bryson DeChambeau held his nerve to win a play-off at the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village.
DeChambeau three-putted for bogey on the 72nd hole but recovered his composure to see off Byeong Hun An and Kyle Stanley on the extra holes.
His second career PGA Tour win moves him to fourth on the FedExCup standings behind Justin Thomas and Justin Rose, who both saw their challenge falter, and Jason Day. Rose needed a win to become world number one but a two-under 70 left him three back in joint sixth.
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“I just can’t believe it,” said DeChambeau, after being congratulated by tournament host Jack Nicklaus. “I didn’t drive that well but I relied on my short game and putting to get the job done. It’s a dream come true to win Jack’s tournament so early in my career, these are the best players in the world.”
DeChambeau – who missed 14 consecutive cuts last season, including on his Open debut at Royal Birkdale – has been threatening this performance in recent weeks, with a second-place finish behind McIlroy at the Arnold Palmer Invitational plus a third and fourth in the weeks that followed.
Woods just needs his putter to fire to get in contention
Tiger Woods will take a week off to focus on his putting ahead of the second major of the season at Shinnecock Hills.
The 14-time major winner and three-time Champion Golfer finished six shots back from the play-off positions. But the statistics certainly underline why a first win since August 2013 is surely on the horizon.
The former world number one topped the field at the Memorial for strokes gained tee to green and strokes gained on approach to the green. But he was second to last in the putting statistics, underlining that adage from four-time Open winner Bobby Locke about ‘driving for show and putting for dough’.
An old truth further reinforced by the fact winner DeChambeau hit five from 14 fairways during his final round.
“If I just putt normally, I probably would be right there with those guys and up there in the last couple of groups,” said Woods. “I just need to hit better putts. I didn't feel comfortable with my lines and my feel was a little bit off and, consequently, I missed a bunch of putts. But I hit it really good this week, so that's a positive going into Shinnecock, where ball striking is going to be a must."
Olesen back to winning ways on European Tour
Denmark’s Thorbjørn Olesen has not been enjoying a vintage season on the European Tour – but all that changed at the Italian Open.
Olesen, a four-time Tour winner before this week, has banked just one top-ten finish this season but held off home favourite Francesco Molinari to win by a single shot.
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After last week’s European PGA Championship victory at Wentworth, Molinari was looking to win his home event for the third time and drained a 30-foot putt on the final green to put himself right in contention.
Olesen needed a par at the last to maintain his lead and held his nerve with an up and down from a greenside bunker to complete a final-round 64 for a 22-under-par total.
“It’s been a tough time this year, so this feels unbelievable,” said Olesen. “This is the first time I’ve come from behind to win so that feels really special. I never had that final putt to win feeling and that's why this one feels so amazing. I knew from the start it was going to be tight but I just kept focused. After a tough few weeks this is exactly what I needed.”
Ryder Cup vice captains Lee Westwood and Graeme McDowell were among the pick of the final-round scorers with a 63 and 64 respectively to share fifth place.