DeChambeau Wins the Northern Trust, Effectively Locks Up Ryder Cup Spot

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After a tough stretch of golf, Bryson DeChambeau won the Northern Trust and climbed into the first position in the FedEx Cup Standings. (photo via PGA Tour)

After a third round 63 that propelled him to the top of the leaderboard on Saturday, Bryson DeChambeau decided to go back out to the range to solidify his swing until the sun set on Paramus, New Jersey.

“Always trying to improve. Always trying to get better somehow and figure things out,” Dechambeau went on to say after the range session.

Less than 24 hours later, playing in one of the strongest fields of the 2018 season, Bryson DeChambeau walked off the 18th green victorious on Sunday evening at the Northern Trust. In doing so, he has climbed to the top of the FedEx Cup standings heading into the Dell Technologies Championship.

It certainly looks like he has things figured out.

DeChambeau was able to capture the first leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs by wearing down the field from tee to green (fifth in SG: T2G) and finishing within the top 5 in strokes gained putting.

Coming in to this week, however, picking DeChambeau as a winner was anything but a safe bet. Despite entering the playoffs with a win under his belt at the Memorial and sitting in the 9th position in the FedEx Cup standings, he was starting to lose some of the form that made him a fixture on the top of leaderboards throughout the early part of the season.

DeChambeau is coming off his weakest stretch of golf of the season where he withdrew from the John Deere Classic, melted down on the range at the Open Championship, and lipped out a putt within five feet on the 36th hole to miss the cut at the PGA Championship.

Just a month ago, it was fair to question whether DeChambeau was ready for the spotlight that comes with playing on one of the biggest stages in golf at the Ryder Cup.  After looking like he would come away with a win in the Porsche European Open, he let his lead slip away and handled himself poorly when it was all said and done.

But after his second win of the season against two loaded fields, it is clear that it was simply a mid-summer slump.

On an endless and orthodox pursuit of perfection, it’s actually no surprise to see that DeChambeau was able to muster together his form after a difficult stretch just a few weeks before Jim Furyk makes three of his four picks for the Ryder Cup team. He is a fixture on the range long after his rounds wrap up and his work ethic has undoubtedly propelled him into this position entering the final stretch of the 2017-2018 season.

It now seems like a sure thing that we will see DeChambeau tee it up at Le Golf National in Paris next month. It would also be no surprise to see him partner up with fellow Bridgestone ambassador and frequent practice round partner Tiger Woods in a few of the sessions against Team Europe next month.

At 24 years old, the former US Amateur and NCAA individual champion is finally rounding into the player that we were expecting to see when he burst onto the scene in 2016. It took him a little while – and a very unfortunate side saddle putting stroke – to get there, but DeChambeau’s game is now world class and it should make him a fixture on the U.S. side for Ryder Cups and Presidents Cups for years to come.

Jim Furyk will be set to make his selections on Tuesday, September 4th but it already appears that Bryson DeChambeau’s compass is heading east. He has effectively punched his ticket to Paris.

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