U.S. Open 2020: Bryson DeChambeau, Matthew Wolff both hit driver-pitching wedge into 9, both make eagle
Much was made about the bomb-and-gouge fest that was the third round of the 2020 U.S. Open at Winged Foot, including right here on this site. The two leaders, Matthew Wolff and Bryson DeChambeau, combined to hit five of 28 fairways. Their combined score? Five under. So much for the theory that driving accuracy wins the U.S. Open.
Sunday has been more of the same, and the most shocking moment came at the par-5 ninth, where DeChambeau and Wolff actually both found the short stuff off the tee. DeChambeau went first, pummleing one 374 yards down the right side. Wolff proceeded to wallop one past him, his drive totaling 388 yards. They each hit pitching wedge into the green.
Not surprisingly, having pitching wedge in hand on your second shot into a par 5 improves your score. DeChambeau hit his to 37 feet, which actually was probably disappointing given the whole wedge in the hand thing. Wolff followed by sticking his to 10 feet. Chaos ensued:
DeChambeau's eagle gave him a front-nine 33, which put him at five under for the championship. Wolff's eagle stopped some serious bleeding, as he had bogeyed three of his previous six holes. He turned in 36, putting him at four under for the tournament, one back of DeChambeau. There were some takes about how the duo absolutely picked apart the lone par 5 on Winged Foot's front nine:
However you feel about how these two are attacking the iconic U.S. Open venue, this was a highly entertaining moment in the final round. Unfortunately for Wolff, the momentum was short-lived. He made bogey at the 10th and par at the 11th, while DeChambeau went par-birdie to extend his lead to three.