10 To Close the Memorial: DeChambeau Wins, Tiger Struggles, JT Stays No. 1

Bryson DeChambeau won the 2018 Memorial Tournament with a clutch putt on the second playoff hole. It was PGA Tour career win No. 2 for the young American star, which moves him into the top 5 in the season-long points race.

Meanwhile, Tiger Woods struggled on Sunday, while Justin Thomas closed strong to keep hold of the world No. 1 ranking.

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Here are the 10 things to know following the conclusion of the 2018 Memorial Tournament.

10 QUICK HITS

  1. MOVING UP: With his second career PGA Tour title, DeChambeau moves up to No. 4 in the FedExCup standings, behind only Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, and Jason Day.
  2. YOUNG GUN: DeChambeau becomes the fourth youngest winner in the Memorial Tournament history at 24 years, 8 months and 18 days.
  3. JT STAYS ATOP: World No. 1 Thomas opened with a 72, but finished with three sub-70 rounds (69, 68 and 68) to finish at 11 under and T8. The strong close allowed him to keep hold of the top spot in the Official World Golf Rankings.
  4. SIZZLING CLOSE: Thomas closed his final round: eagle-birdie-par-birdie to sign for a 4-under 68.
  5. TIGER STRUGGLES: Due to three back-nine bogeys, Tiger Woods finished with a disappointing even-par 72 on Sunday. He dropped from the top 10 (T7 to start) to outside the top 20 (T23).
  6. NEW MEMBER: 19-year old Chilean Joaquin Niemann secured PGA Tour Special Temporary Membership with a T6 finish that earned him 95 non-member FedExCup points.
  7. PHIL’S STREAK: With a final-day 68, Phil Mickelson moved up to T13. The Memorial Tournament is one of just eight events on the PGA Tour where Mickelson has made at least 10 starts without a win.
  8. TALE OF TWO NINES: Patrick Cantlay opened with birdies on four of his first eight holes to take the lead but played his last 10 holes in 3-over-par to finish one shot out of the playoff. It was Cantlay’s fifth top-10 of the season and third in his last five starts.
  9. RYDER CUP WATCH: DeChambeau is expected to move into the all-important top 8 of the U.S. Ryder Cup standings after this win.
  10. LOW ROUND: Louis Oosthuizen followed up a 74 with a low-round 7-under 65 to finish T13. The South African signed for a card with eight birdies against one bogey.

Jeff Smith

Jeff is a writer and content producer for Pro Golf Weekly. He is working on a book, documenting the 2017 and 2018 seasons on the major golf tours.

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