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Bryson DeChambeau cruised to victory in The Northern Trust at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, New Jersey.
DeChambeau finished the tournament at 18 under, four shots better than Tony Finau. Billy Horschel and Cameron Smith tied for third at 13 under.
Here’s a look at the top 10 finishers, with the full leaderboard available on the PGA Tour’s official site:
The Northern Trust Leaderboard
1. Bryson DeChambeau (-18)
2. Tony Finau (-14)
T3. Billy Horschel (-13)
T3. Cameron Smith (-13)
T5. Ryan Palmer (-12)
T5. Aaron Wise (-12)
T5. Adam Scott (-12)
T8. Justin Thomas (-11)
T8. Brooks Koepka (-11)
T8. Patrick Cantlay (-11)
The Northern Trust was the first leg of the four-tournament FedEx Cup playoffs. The Dell Technologies Championship is next up, with the tournament teeing off Friday at TPC Boston in Norton, Massachusetts.
The top 100 golfers from the FedEx standings will be eligible to compete in the event, with the field trimmed to 70 by the time all is said and done in Norton.
DeChambeau climbs to the top spot in the FedEx Cup standings with Sunday’s win. While the 24-year-old has plenty of work ahead to remain there, banking those points early gives him an edge on the competition.
Speaking with CBS Sports’ Amanda Balionis after the tournament, DeChambeau highlighted consistency as his top priority over the remainder of the playoffs, via GOLFonCBS:
“If I can keep playing the way I am, I think I can do some great things.”
@Amanda_Balionis joins Bryson DeChambeau after his win at @TheNTgolf https://t.co/nroLpSeFxs
Entering the final round, DeChambeau held a four-stroke lead over Keegan Bradley. That buffer meant he wouldn’t need to go above and beyond to collect his second PGA Tour win of the season.
He opened the round with birdies on his first two holes before falling back to even par with bogeys on Nos. 3 and 9. Back-to-back birdies on the 12th and 13th holes provided DeChambeau with additional breathing room:
PGA TOUR @PGATOUR
Back-to-back birdies for @B_DeChambeau.
His lead is back to 4 @TheNTGolf.
According to the PGA Tour’s official site, DeChambeau missed just two greens in regulation Sunday, which was a trend for him throughout the tournament. He reached 81.9 percent of the greens in regulation, tied for first place.
DeChambeau’s eight-under 63 in the third round helped him climb into first place, but he was excellent from start to finish at Ridgewood. He had just six total bogeys over the four days.
Beyond just the boost DeChambeau receives in the FedEx Cup standings, winning The Northern Trust could be huge in terms of securing a spot on the United States’ Ryder Cup team. U.S. captain Jim Furyk can’t overlook him now:
trey wingo @wingoz
Pretty sure Bryson DeChambeau just locked up a Ryder Cup spot with a very convincing win. Assuming Furyk takes Tiger and Phil (he will) we’re really down to one spot: Kisner? Finau? Schauffle? Kuchar?
Jason Sobel @JasonSobelTAN
In the past month, Bryson DeChambeau has…
—Been criticized for quick-handshaking a winner, later issuing an apology.
—Endured a club-throwing, frustrated range session, captured by TV cameras.
—Won a playoff event with ease.
—Potentially locked up his first Ryder Cup berth.
It would be a stretch to say Sunday’s victory was a star-making moment for DeChambeau because his star was already on the rise. PGA Tour Digital’s Sean Martin put his career in perspective, though, illustrating how few golfers can match his achievements to date:
Sean Martin @PGATOURSMartin
The only players to win an NCAA Championship, U.S. Amateur and at least three PGA TOUR events before their 25th birthday:
Thursday was the three-year anniversary of DeChambeau’s U.S. Amateur victory.
Making a run at the FedEx Cup title and representing the United States at the Ryder Cup would provide DeChambeau with a nice springboard to what could be a massive 2019 season.