Bryson DeChambeau Wins 2018 Memorial Tournament

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DUBLIN, Ohio — What a thrilling finish to an amazing week at Muirfield Village!

Bryson DeChambeau captured the 2018 Memorial Tournament with a victory on the second hole of a playoff between himself, Kyle Stanley and Byeong Hun An to claim his second PGA Tour victory of his very young pro career.

DeChambeau was nearly immaculate all week as he posted a -3 in the first round on Thursday, a -5 in the second round on Friday, a -6 in the third round on Saturday, and then managed to get the job done through some rough situations in the fourth and final round on Sunday by posting a -1 and finishing the tournament with a -15 overall.

It was a thrilling finish on Sunday as Bryson DeChambeau and Kyle Stanley (both in the same threesome) went into the final hole on 18 both with -16 overall, accompanied by the third in their group, Patrick Cantlay, holding close with a -14.

Stanley had been on fire heading into No. 18 as he had birdied holes 14 through 17 to find himself tied for the lead heading into the final hole.

DeChambeau, however, had been struggling throughout the entire final round as he only managed to hit five fairways on the day but still found himself tied with Stanley for the lead heading into No. 18.

DeChambeau and Stanley both bogeyed on 18 to head into a three-way playoff including An at -15 overall.  Cantlay managed to hit par on the 18th hole but fell just one shot short of joining the playoff as three bogeys on the back nine of the final round ended up costing him the tournament and finished the week with a -14.

So, into the playoff DeChambeau, Stanley and An went.

The playoff was structured that the players would play holes 18, 18, 10 and 14 in that order and would then head back to 18 if necessary.

DeChambeau and An both parred on the first playoff hole but Stanley failed to advance after hitting his tee shot in the rough and then shanked his second shot only about 30 yards.

An and DeChambeau both had solid tee shots but then An failed to make the green on his second shot while DeChambeau did.

However, An nearly birdied for the win on a beautiful chip shot but both ended up hitting par to move onto the second playoff hole.

DeChambeau ended up winning the tournament on the second playoff hole with an impressive putt for birdie and then celebrated in tremendous fashion.

The victory catapulted DeChambeau all the way from No. 22 to No. 4 in the FedEx Cup standings, only trailing Justin Thomas, Justin Rose and Jason Day.

DeChambeau had quite the reaction when he found out about the huge jump he had made in the standings.

Thomas, Rose and Day all competed in the Memorial Tournament as well.  Jason Day finished the week at -4 while Justin Thomas and Justin Rose were right in the thick of competition till the very end as Thomas posted a -11 overall and Rose posted a -12 overall.

Tiger Woods also had a pretty solid week as he continues to fight back from his history of back injuries to the competitive forefront as he was only a few shots back from the leader heading into Sunday after barely making par in the first round of the tournament.

It was a rough day on the greens of the final round for Tiger though as numerous two-putts and missed opportunities led to a par day on Sunday for the five-time Memorial Tournament champion and a -9 overall on the week.  The tournament did move Woods up a few spots in the FedEx Cup standings from No. 54 to No. 50 after only competing in nine events so far this season.

“I had some chances to shoot some good rounds this week,” said Woods after finishing his final round.  “Overall, I feel my game is where it needs to be heading into the U.S. Open.  I just need to hit better putts.”

The U.S. Open is just two weeks away and it will mark the ten-year anniversary of the last time that Woods won the event.  His 2008 U.S. Open victory is also the last major championship Woods has won and he would certainly like to win his first major in ten years come June 17th.

It was certainly a lovely week at Muirfield Village in the Columbus suburb of Dublin for another great Memorial Tournament and locals are most certainly already looking forward to it again next summer.

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