DeChambeau Goes Into Tour Championship in the Driver's Seat
Bryson DeChambeau, the Clovis golfer known for his unusual approach to the game, is human after all.
DeChambeau finished in a tie for 19th place Monday in the rain-delayed BMW Championship in Newtown Square, Pennslyvania, snapping two straight victories in the prestigious season-ending Fex Ex Cup championships.
Keegan Bradley held off Justin Rose in a sudden-death playoff to win the tournament for his first PGA Tour victory in six years.
Finau Added to Ryder Cup Team
Tony Finau was named to the Ryder Cup team after the BMW Championship wrapped up Monday. He is the final pick by U.S. captain Jim Furyk.
Finau joins DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods as Furyk’s four wild-card selections. Finau has 11 top-10s this season, including three in majors.
Rose Rises to No. 1 in World Rankings
Though Rose was runner-up at the FedEx Cup playoff event at the Aronimink Golf Club, he didn’t come up short in the world ranking.
Rose hit No. 1 in the world and became the 22nd player to reach the top spot since the ranking began in 1986.
DeChambeau, who finished the event at 13-under-par, however, is No. 1 in the Fed Ex standings heading into the Tour Championship.
Victories in the first two legs of the title chase had assured DeChambeau of the top spot regardless of how he fared in the BMW event. The remainder of the Fed Ex top five: Rose, Finau, Dustin Johnson, and Justin Thomas.
Bradley’s First Win Since 2012
Bradley, who shot a final round 6-under 64 to finish at 20-under par, thrust his arms toward the gray sky and drizzle in celebration and waved his family onto the 18th hole. He tossed into the air his young son, Logan, who hadn’t even been born in 2012, the last time Bradley won on the tour.
“A lot has happened to me over these six years,” Bradley said. “I kind of fell of the radar there for a little while. It’s tough to go from being on Ryder Cup teams, being on Presidents Cup teams to being outside the top 100 in the world.”
Rose could have won in regulation but lipped out on the last hole to force the playoff.
Spieth Will Miss Tour Championship
Jordan Spieth, who has won three majors, finished 31st in the Fed Ex standings and missed the cut to play in the Tour Championship.
He hadn’t finished worse than 15th in the final standings in each of the previous five years. Spieth won the FedEx Cup in 2015.
“I was in control of my own destiny and didn’t have it this week,” said Spieth, who shot 73 Monday to tie for 54th.
This is a link to the Fed Ex standings.
You can see the results of the BMW Championships here.
More Ryder Cup Information
The matches are Sept. 28-30 outside Paris.
The eight Americans who qualified on their own were Brooks Koepka, Johnson, Spieth, Thomas, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson, and Patrick Reed. Throw in Woods and Mickelson, and that gives the U.S. team a lineup that has combined for 31 majors.
That doesn’t mean as much in foursomes and fourballs, on a European course before the singing and chanting of Europeans fans.
European captain Thomas Bjorn went with veterans for his four captain’s picks, adding Henrik Stenson, Ian Poulter, Paul Casey, and Sergio Garcia to a team that had five rookies qualify on points.
Europe’s qualifiers were Rory McIlroy, Francesco Molinari, Rose, Thorbjorn Olesen, Jon Rahm, Tyrrell Hatton, Tommy Fleetwood, and Alex Noren.