DeChambeau pips Rose to second FedEx Cup Play-Off success
American Bryson DeChambeau made it two from two in the FedEx Cup play-offs with victory at the Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston on Monday.
The 24-year-old held off the challenge of Brit Justin Rose, second at The Open earlier this summer, with a final round of 67 to win by two shots.
The American becomes just the second player to win the opening two legs of the FedEx Cup play-offs after Vijay Singh achieved the feat ten years ago.
DeChambeau’s four-under-par final round saw him finish the weekend at -16 with Rose two shots behind in second and Australia’s Cameron Smith (-13) in third.
DeChambeau on a roll
The young American is in the form of his career to date and could move up to seventh in the world following his victories at Northern Trust and in Massachusetts.
His success will also boost his chances of earning a wildcard pick for the Ryder Cup which starts later this month and his confidence is sky high.
"If I keep doing my game it’s going to be tough to beat,” he said.
“It's such an honour to be able to do it so early in my career. That's something I've been working on doing for a long time and hopefully I can get closer to that number one spot.”
Open Champions narrowly miss top ten
Rose continues to show the strong form that saw him finish second at The Open at Carnoustie earlier this year as he narrowly missed out in victory.
Tony Finau, ninth at this year’s Open Championship, was in a three-way tie for fourth on Monday as he concluded his final round on 12-under-par.
World number one Dustin Johnson (-11) was tied seventh alongside Bubba Watson and Rafael Cabrera Bello while US Open and PGA Championship winner Brooks Koepka was a further shot back.
Started like a 🐌 finished like 🚂!!! Very happy to finish 2nd (-14) pic.twitter.com/T8xR6gqODb— Justin Rose 🎗 (@JustinRose99) September 3, 2018
Koepka was joined on ten-under-par by 2017 Champion Golfer of the Year Jordan Spieth, 2013 Open Champion Phil Mickelson and 2014 Champion Rory McIlroy in a tie for 12th.
An even par final round saw three-time Champion Golfer of the Year Tiger Woods slip down the final standings to tied 24th on seven-under-par.
Olesen secures Ryder Cup spot
Thorbjorn Olesen has joined Rose, McIlroy, 2018 Champion Golfer of the Year Francesco Molinari, Tyrrell Hatton, Tommy Fleetwood, Jon Rahm and Alex Noren in Europe’s Ryder Cup team.
The Dane, who tied 20th, was already in line for selection to be at Le Golf National but saw his place confirmed when Eddie Pepperell and Matt Fitzpatrick failed to win at the Made In Denmark.
“It feels pretty good. It has been a pretty tough week and a different kind of pressure to what you normally play under,” said Olesen, who finished tied 12th at Carnoustie in July.
“I've watched the Ryder Cup since I was six or seven years old and it just looks special. I think it's going to be a great team and hopefully we can get the trophy back to Europe.”
Matt Wallace was the overall victor at the Made In Denmark as he triumphed in a four-way play-off against Lee Westwood, Jonathan Thomson and Steve Brown.
Pars for Westwood and Thomson at the first extra hole saw them eliminated with Wallace then sinking a five-foot putt for a birdie to claim his third European Tour win of the season.
Europe’s Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn will announce his four wildcard picks on Wednesday with Wallace hopeful he could get make the shortlist.
"I think I have given Thomas something to think about. That was the plan,” he said.
"I put myself under pressure, the last couple of days, as well, by saying I want to give him a headache. I've stepped up to the mark and I've shown him exactly what I'm about.
"If he doesn't pick me then that's absolutely fine, but I've shown him everything that I'm about. If he doesn't, then so be it, but if he does, he knows he's going to get exactly that in his team."
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