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Bryson DeChambeau

DeChambeau justifies unconventional methods with US Open glory

Bryson DeChambeau stuck by all his theories - no matter how out there - to make the step up from regular PGA Tour winner. Now he's a major champion
 

On Thursday, 21 players shot under par at the US Open. On Friday, that number was down to three as Winged Foot bit back.

A good day for…

Bryson DeChambeau

The only player to shoot under par on both days. Bryson, who started on the 10th, was level par through 17 after an erratic round that yielded five birdies and five bogeys. Then, on the 557-yard par-5 9th, his 18th, he ripped a 379-yard drive to the middle of the fairway before stiffing his approach.

It’s the first time DeChambeau has opened a major with two rounds in the 60s.

“I want it to play as hard as possible,” DeChambeau explained. “I feel like there’s so many holes out here that I can take advantage of that some people can’t.”

Is it his time to get over the line in a major?

Patrick Reed

No aces today but Reed did roll in a five-foot birdie putt at the 9th – his 18th – to secure an even-par round of 70 and head into the weekend with a one-shot lead.

“I love the grind,” Reed said. “I love getting in there. I love when it’s hard, when you have to be creative on all different golf shots.”

Who are you rooting for if your choice is between Reed and DeChambeau? Tough one, isn’t it?

It’s worth noting that Reed led the US Open at the halfway point at Chambers Bay five years ago before going on to finish T14. He has won a Masters since then though…

Robert MacIntyre

The young Scot may not have got over the line on the European Tour just yet but he has made all three cuts in his fledgling major career.

MacIntyre told NCG recently that he relishes playing on the biggest stage and the toughest courses and he’s proved it at Winged Foot, grinding to rounds of 74 and 72 to make the weekend on the number.

He also told us he struck up an unlikely friendship with Reed, so at least we know who he wants to win…

A bad day for…

Gary Woodland

Woodland’s rounds of 74-74 meant he becomes the first defending champion since Dustin Johnson in 2017 to miss the cut.

Tiger Woods

It just never really got going for the 15-time major champion, who finished 10-over-par after a second-round 77. Don’t worry, Tiger, next year’s US Open is at Torrey Pines…

Tommy Fleetwood

There aren’t many people who think Fleetwood won’t win a major. But it’s not going to be this week, thanks to successive rounds of 74.

That eight-footer at Shinnecock Hills to shoot the first ever 62 in a major and force a play-off with eventual champion Brooks Koepka feels like a million years ago, doesn’t it?

Shot of the day

They were all messing around doing stuff like this in the practice rounds, but only Hideki Matsuyama had the stones to do it in the real thing.

And with a wedge, too.

And a shout out to JT Poston, because who doesn’t love a well-executed backwards chip?

Stat of the day

Each of the last 30 major champions has been with six strokes of the lead through 36 holes, explains 15th Club’s Justin Ray.

At the US Open, though, it has been even tougher for chasers, with 22 of the last 25 US Open winners at or within two of the lead after two rounds.

So your winner is one of Reed, DeChambeau, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Harris English, or Justin Thomas.

See you at Torrey.

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Alex Perry

Alex Perry

Alex has been the editor of National Club Golfer since 2017. A Devonian who enjoys wittering on about his south west roots, Alex moved north to join NCG after more than a decade in London, the last five of which were with ESPN. Away from golf, Alex follows Torquay United and spends too much time playing his PlayStation or his guitar and not enough time practising his short game.

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