DeChambeau tops again

The Associated Press

NORTON, Mass.–Bryson DeChambeau plays golf differently from everyone else and is getting the results everyone wants.
It doesn’t take a scientist to figure that out.
For the second-straight week in the richest part of the PGA Tour season, DeChambeau took down one of the strongest fields of the year by playing his best golf over the final two rounds to win the Dell Technologies Championship–becoming only the second player to capture the opening two playoff events in the FedEx Cup.
He closed with a 4-under 67 yesterday, making three-straight birdies to close out the front nine and keeping his distance the rest of the way for a two-shot victory over Justin Rose on the TPC Boston.
“I wouldn’t have written it any better, to be honest with you,” DeChambeau said.
“I’ve been playing some great golf this whole year,” he noted. “And I knew it was a matter of time before something cool showed up.”
Vijay Singh won the opening two FedEx Cup events in 2008, when the points system was different and points were not reset before the final playoff event.
That allowed Singh to effectively wrap up the $10-million prize early.
DeChambeau, with his third victory this year, was assured of being the No. 1 seed when he gets to the Tour Championship–no matter what happens next week at the third playoff event outside Philadelphia.
And he would appear to be a shoo-in to be one of U.S. captain Jim Furyk’s three Ryder Cup picks to be announced today.
The idea is to find the hottest player to fill out the team, and no one has been close to DeChambeau over the last two weeks.
DeChambeau, who started the year at No. 99 in the world, moved to No. 7–one spot past Rory McIlroy.
He finished at 16-under 268 and made $1,620,000 for the second-straight week.
Canadian Adam Hadwin started his final round strong before settling for a one-under 70 to finish eight-under in a tie for 21st.
The Abbotsford, B.C. native birdied three of his first four holes yesterday, then reeled off 11-straight pars before back-to-back bogeys on No. 16 and No. 17 dropped him back two strokes.
Rose birdied three of his last four holes for a 68 to wind up alone in second place.
The top 70 players now advance to the BMW Championship at Aronimink.
Matt Kuchar failed to advance beyond the second playoff event for the first time in 10 years, meaning he won’t get another chance to state his case as a potential Ryder Cup pick.
Furyk makes his fourth selection after the BMW Championship.