After creating LIV Golf history with a blistering closing of just 58 strokes could Bryson DeChambeau have earned himself a seat on the USA Ryder Cup charter flight late next month to Rome?
That is the question being asked after DeChambeau signed for a 12-under 58 to capture the LIV Golf Greenbrier at the Old White Course in White Sulfur Springs, West Virginia.
DeChambeau, 29, starting his final round from the first, grabbed 13 birdies, including six birdies over his first seven holes before a bogey at the eighth. He closed with four birdies in succession from on 15 to win at a canter by five shots from Mito Pereira on the par-70 host layout. And this was after muscling his way into contention on the back of a sizzling 61.
Prior to DeChambeau, just six players have shot 58 on a notable professional tour. Jim Furyk is the only to do so on the PGA Tour, firing 58 at the 2016 Travelers. The most recent is Alex Del Rey’s on the Challenge Tour in 2021 and Ireland’s own David Carey of course famously shot 57 on the Alps Tour in 2019 on the par-68 Cervino Golf Club.
DeChambeau had only broken 60 once, carding 59 in a pro-am at the Shriners Open. But after shooting 61 on Saturday and then opening Sunday’s final round with six birdies in his first seven holes on the former PGA Tour layout, The Old White course, DeChambeau wasn’t just thinking about 58 or 59.
“There was a point in time where I did think about the 54,” DeChambeau said, “but I kind of threw that to the wayside, like OK, just get under 60 first.
After his round, he was asked on the CW telecast about whether he thought U.S. Ryder Cup captain Zach Johnson would soon be giving him a call.
“I’ve got some equipment that’s performing quite nicely, with the driver and that’s a deadly combination with my putting. Cleary I putted well, drove it well, wedged it well. You couldn’t have written it up any better than this,” he said. “But if I do get a call, that’d be awesome. If not, I’ll be rooting them on over in Rome.”
Among those also to congratulate DeChambeau was fellow LIV star Phil Mickelson, who took to Twitter saying: “Incredible round by Bryson. 58. What a weekend and win for him. He stole my jump though. Not cool. Proud of his resolve after Cameron and I gave him a thumping Wednesday.”