8. BRYSON CAPTURES MEMORIAL IN OT
Date: Jun. 3, 2018
Event: the Memorial Tournament
Where: Muirfield Village GC (Dublin, OH)
Winner: Bryson DeChambeau -15 (playoff) | Runner-up: Kyle Stanley, Byeong Hun An -15
Recap: Well, DeChambeau did not win with his driver; that’s for sure. A man who usually displays above average driving accuracy (85th on Tour) hit only five fairways on a rushed final day. Still, he did not card his first bogey of the day until the 14th hole.
Tee times were pushed well ahead due to the threat of storms in Central Ohio, with the field going out in threesomes and opposite tees, but DeChambeau looked more than comfortable holding a one-stroke 54-hole lead.
He looked solid on the outward nine, with eight pars to one birdie to reach 15 under, but by the turn, he had been passed by playing partner Patrick Cantlay, who played the same nine in 4-under 32.
Just as it looked like Cantlay might pull away, reaching 17 under with seven holes to go, a slow-play warning appeared to shake him, and he added bogeys on 12, 14, and 17 to fade from the top of the leaderboard.
DeChambeau, meanwhile, birdied 11 and 12, but also fell victim to the difficult closing stretch, adding bogeys on 14 and 18 to fall into the playoff with Stanley and An.
Stanley eliminated himself with a bogey on the first extra hole, setting the stage for a DeChambeau-An showdown, which lasted just one more extra period.
Playing 18 for the third straight hole, DeChambeau’s brilliant approach set up his winning putt, while An’s wayward second forced a par.
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