Bryson DeChambeau completed the first stage of his mission by winning The Northern Trust. The next one is up to Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk.
With a four-shot lead, DeChambeau didn’t let anyone get closer than two shots, ended the threat with consecutive birdies and closed with a two-under 69 for a four-shot victory over Tony Finau in the FedEx Cup opener at Ridgewood Country Club.
DeChambeau won for the second time this year, both times against some of the strongest fields. He moved to the top of the FedEx Cup standings.
DeChambeau narrowly missed earning one of the eight automatic spots for the US Ryder Cup team when he missed the cut at the PGA Championship. Furyk makes three of his four captain’s picks next Tuesday, and it will be tough to ignore a 24-year-old Californian with victories at the Memorial and a FedEx Cup playoff event. He moves to No 12 in the world.
Elsewhere, Brooke Henderson became the first Canadian to win the country’s national championship in 45 years, closing with a seven-under 65 for a four-stroke victory in the CP Women’s Open at chilly and rainy Wascana Country Club.
Jocelyne Bourassa is the only other Canadian to win the national championship, accomplishing the feat in 1973 at Montreal Municipal in the inaugural La Canadienne.