This article is part of our Weekly Recap series.
Remember when they announced golfers could leave the flagstick in while putting? Bryson DeChambeau was the first guy to say he was doing it. Of course he was. After all, he was the weird guy who arrived on the scene with every club the same length. Oh, and he wore that funny hat.
Clearly, DeChambeau figured out modern golf and golf technology in relation to what the human body is capable of before everybody else.
He transformed his body, he transformed his swing. And on one shining Sunday afternoon just north of New York City, all the planning and hard work finally paid off – just like he believed it would.
DeChambeau put on remarkable display of brute force to not only beat the best golfers in the world into submission but indomitable Winged Foot as well. He captured the 120th U.S. Open by six strokes over a gallant Matthew Wolff to win his first major title, one that perhaps signals a turning point in the sport.
We have known that distance off the tee is paramount for some time now, but never to the degree that DeChambeau proved with his 5.5-degree driver, taking mighty lash after mighty lash, agronomy be damned.
The storyline entering the week was big, bad Winged Foot. You heard it all: the Massacre, 1974, Hale Irwin, 7-over, 2006, Geoff Ogilvy, 5-over, etc., etc. The golfers would have to kneel down and respect the course or suffer the consequences. DeChambeau was having none