The plan is working.
Bryson DeChambeau closed with a 65 Sunday to win the Rocket Mortgage Classic by three strokes in Detroit.
With jaw-dropping drives and some clutch putts, DeChambeau won the Rocket Mortgage Classic by three strokes Sunday for his first victory of the season and sixth overall. He became the first PGA Tour player since 2004 to lead a tournament in driving distance, along with shots gained off the tee and putting.
“This is a little emotional for me because I did do something a little different,” the 26-year-old DeChambeau said. “I changed my body, changed my mindset in the game and I was able to accomplish a win while playing a completely different style of golf. And, it’s pretty amazing to see that. I hope it’s an inspiration to a lot of people.”
He made a 30-foot birdie putt at No. 16, which he said was his shot of the day. He also had a short putt for birdie on the next hole. And finally, he uncorked a 367-yard drive to set up another short putt at 18.
DeChambeau came into the week with six straight top-eight finishes and was the only player with top 10s in the first three events after the restart from the coronavirus pandemic. He won for the first time since the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in November 2018.
DeChambeau’s power was on full display in the Motor City with drives that went 351 yards on average after looking like he might swing out of his spikes.
“No, I’ve never done that,” he acknowledged. “I really could have gotten there.”
Matthew Wolff hits from the fringe on the first hole. Wolff, who entered Sunday with a three-shot lead, carded five bogeys on his first 10 holes.
As his body and power becomes a fixation for those who follow golf, more eyes are on him and it bothered him during the third round.
On Saturday, DeChambeau had a testy exchange with a TV cameraman after a bogey on the sixth hole. After the third round, he bristled that it isn’t right showing a potential vulnerability and hurting someone’s image.
During the final round, he was also briefly distracted by a commotion outside the course.
“I know there’s a lot of strife and trouble going on right now,” he said. “I love that everybody’s voicing their opinion and I think that they deserve to do so.
“We’re golfers here trying to provide the best entertainment. I think that’s the most important thing that we can do.”