Lucas Herbert – in action today. Photo courtesy of Darren Carroll USGA.
Lucas Herbert, playing in his second US Open Championship, has emerged the best of the battle scarred Australians at Winged Foot, a solid final round of 72 on the brutal layout leaving him in 31st position at the completion of 72 holes.
Herbert made the turn in an impressive 1 under today and remained on that score until missed fairways at the 15th, 16th and 17th led to bogeys. He would, though, produce a nice par save after missing the green at the last to finish two ahead of fellow Australians, Adam Scott, Jason Day and Cameron Smith.
Herbert’s rise in world rankings in the last nine months from outside the top 200 to somewhere close to the top 75 highlights an exceptional talent who will be even better for the experience he had gained from surviving one of the toughest tests in the game.
Day and Smith also recorded final rounds of 72 while Scott recorded a roller coaster round of 75 which included four birdies, five bogeys and two double bogeys.
Scott’s stat of 14 birdies for the week was one of the best in the field, bettered only by Justin Thomas who had 15, although the winner, Bryson DeChambeau had 13 along with two eagles.
The only other down under player in the weekend field, New Zealander Danny Lee, had also made the cut but after six-putting the 18th on Saturday he withdrew from the event.
This year’s champion, DeChambeau, began the final day two behind leader, Matthew Wolff but by the 4th the pair was tied and on reaching the turn DeChambeau had moved one ahead after both players had remarkably eagled the 9th.
When DeChambeau birdied the 11th the gap was becoming significant and would become even more so when Wolff double bogeyed the 16th to fall six behind.
DeChambeau would win his first major title by six over Wolff with Louis Oosthuizen two further back and alone in 3rd position.
“I think I’m definitely changing the way people think about the game,” said DeChambeau. “Now, whether you can do it, that’s a whole different situation. There’s a lot of people that are going to be hitting it far. Matthew [Wolff] was hitting it plenty far today.
“A couple of putts just didn’t go in for him today and kept the momentum on my side. So he’s definitely got the firepower and the strength to do it. You’ve got to be looking out for him in the future. There’s a lot of young guns that are unbelievable players, and I think the next generation that’s coming up into golf hopefully will see this and go, hey, I can do that too.”
Bryson DeChambeau – relieved and ecstatic after the final putt drops. Photo courtesy of Chris Keane USGA