Eagle Lifts DeChambeau to Victory in Vegas

Bryson DeChambeau hit the jackpot on the 16th hole in Las Vegas.

The 25-year-old DeChambeau, from Clovis in Central California, sank a 58-foot eagle putt from the fringe at No. 16 that carried him to a one-stroke victory over defending champion Patrick Cantlay in the Shriners Hospitals for Childrens Open at TPC Summerlin https://tpc.com/summerlin.

“I was just trying to get it close,” DeChambeau said of his eagle putt, which was followed by a Tiger Woods-like uppercut fist pump. “I was just trying to get it close and it actually just dripped in.

“ … I came out there (this week) and was just trying to get the rust off, but was able to play some great golf, and I’m proud to win. It’s a result of all the great work I’ve done with my team and I’m happy I was able to get it done.”

DeChambeau, who claimed his third PGA Tour victory in his last five starts and the fifth of his career, closed with a 5-under-par 66 to finish with a 72-hole score of 21-under 263. He will rise to fifth in the World Golf Rankings this week.

Cantlay, who held a one-stroke lead before DeChambeau’s eagle, made a bogey on the 17th hole and a birdie at the last to wind up with a 65 that included nine birdies, including four in a row through the eighth hole.

“I played really well today and made a bunch of birdies, but just came up a little short,” said Cantlay, from Los Alamitos and UCLA.

Sam Ryder carded a bogey-free 62 and was two strokes back in third, while ninth-ranked Rickie Fowler of Murrieta had six birdies on the back nine in a 63 and was four back in a tie for fourth with Abraham Ancer of Mexico, who totaled 66, and Robert Streb, who wound up at 68.

Lucas Glover, the 2009 U.S. Open champion, three-putted for a bogey on the 15th hole with a chance to tie for the lead and then made a triple-bogey 7 on the last for a 71 to finish six strokes behind in a tie for seventh with Ryan Palmer and Chesson Hadley, who both had 68s.

Gary Woodland shot 63 and wound up seven back in a tie for 10th with Brandon Harkins (64), Bud Cauley (65), Scott Piercy (65) and Joaquin Niemann (66) of Chile.

Peter Uihlein, who held at least a share of the lead after each of the first three rounds, struggled to a 75 and skidded to a tie for 23rd, and Jordan Spieth, down to No. 13 in the world after being No. 1 two years ago, shot 72 and tied for 55th.

For complete results, visit https://www.pgatour.com/competition/2019/shriners-hospitals-for-children-open/leaderboard.html

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