Dublin, Ohio – After 72 holes of regulation play at the house that Jack built (The Memorial), the leaderboard at Muirfield Village was knotted up at 15 under par. Although the biggest names in the game today, Woods, Rose, Rickie, Mickelson, J.T and DJ were all lurking, it came down to 3 other competitors in a sudden death playoff at the Memorial Tournament. Kyle Stanley, Byeong Hun An and Bryson DeChambeau, who three-putted the last to fall into the tie.
On the first playoff hole, Stanley and An both badly missed the fairway wide right while DeChambeau was in perfect position. All three players missed the green, but while An and DeChameau chipped close for easy pars, Stanley needed to hole out his attempt to stay alive. He chipped it into the hole only to have the ball rejected by the side of the flagstick. Kyle Stanley was eliminated after making bogey. On the next hole (which was the third spin on the 18th hole Sunday), both players found the shortgrass. An went long on his approach, while DeChambeau flushed his 9 iron to 12 feet. An hit an amazing flop shot from the heavy rough to within a few feet forcing Bryson to make his for the win. Bryson answered the call and buried the rock into the jar for the biggest win of his young career. An emotional celebration ensued for the kid from Clovis, California who’s been called the mad scientist for his analytical perspective, unorthodox swing and radical equipment choices. Answering all of his critics as he’s done at every competitive level, he’s well on his way to a very successful professional career.
“People always kind of scrutinize me saying I’m too technical and what- not,” DeChambeau said. “It’s all just to aid my feel. I am a guy that goes off of feel still, to everybody’s surprise probably.”
Patrick Cantlay finished solo third at 14 under par after a final round 71 at this years Memorial.