’Mad Scientist’ Bryson DeChambeau claims 2nd straight FedEx Cup win

Bobbie Reid
September 5, 2018

DeChambeau finished ninth in the final standings and was considered a strong possibility for a pick before winning the first two FedEx Cup playoff events.

Coming off a four-shot victory last week in New Jersey, the 24-year-old physics major knows as the "Mad Scientist" pulled away with three straight birdies to close out the front nine and kept his distance the rest of the way to win the Dell Technologies Championship on Monday.

DeChambeau joined Vijay Singh as the only golfers to win the first two legs of the FedExCup Playoffs since they began in 2007.

DeChambeau's sensational form means he is nearly certain to be handed one of the three "captain's pick" slots for the Ryder Cup which will be revealed by U.S. skipper Jim Furyk on Tuesday.

He has yet to win since making his comeback but was in contention at both the Open Championship and the PGA Championship while Phil Mickelson also won his first PGA Tour event since 2013 at the WGC-Mexico Championship in May. He shot a final-round seven-under 64 to remain number one in the world with Brooks Koepka breathing down his neck.

'I'm excited about the team this year, I'm excited to be part of the team. That will be good enough for a start in this week's BMW Championship, but he'll need to be in the top 30 after that to make the Tour Championship.

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Peter Uihlein, the former U.S. Amateur champion in his first full season on the PGA Tour, birdied his last three holes for a 68.

The United States captain, Jim Furyk, also picked Byrson De Chambeau as one of his wildcards, with Tony Finau expected to be chosen as the 12th and final member of his team next week.

Mickelson has the second-worst Ryder Cup winning percentage of Team USA's top-10 all-time points scorers (47.7%, 18-20-7 overall record), edging out Tiger Woods, who has a disappointing 13-17-3 overall record (43.9%).

There were no surprises when Furyk revealed his selections in Philadelphia, as the trio had virtually picked themselves - DeChambeau for his recent form and Woods and Mickelson for their vast experience in the event. Woods closed with a 71 and tied for 24th.

With Thomas Bjorn's Ryder Cup team set to be finalised tomorrow when the Dane selects his four wildcards, fans still have the chance to watch Europe's best during Ryder Cup week at Le Golf National with limited tickets still available.

Ancer carded a closing 73 to finish five off the lead. "Not one round. But it certainly doesn't hurt".

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