WATCH: Bryson DeChambeau’s priceless reaction to Wolff’s walk-off eagle
Bryson DeChambeau finished his Sunday round at TPC Twin Cities with a bang. But his tournament chances ended 10 minutes later — and just as dramatically.
DeChambeau entered the 3M Open’s final round in the penultimate pairing, but his round stalled out midway through, and he made the turn at even par for the day. That’s when DeChambeau got going, making birdies at 10, 13 and 16 to climb near the lead. He was one shot back standing on the 18th tee, piped a perfect drive and stuffed a 6-iron in tight at the par-5 finisher.
Clearly, DeChambeau was fired up. He gave a jaw-clenched fist pump as the ball landed near the flag, knowing he’d just sealed a solid chance at the title. That was only capped by the fist pump he let out when his eagle putt went in, claiming the clubhouse lead.
DeChambeau signed his card and awaited his fate as the final pairing of Matthew Wolff and Collin Morikawa came up No. 18 behind him. If both made par, he’d win outright. Birdie would mean a playoff. But what he wasn’t counting on was Wolff’s particular brand of wizardry. After the 20-year-old’s approach shot found the fairway some 26 feet from the pin, DeChambeau figured it was time for a playoff.
“Shoot, it was frustrating, you know, especially coming up — walking up 18, signing the scorecard and going, all right, there’s going to be a playoff, especially seeing where they were,” DeChambeau said. “I had no idea they would make that putt.”
Make that putt is, of course, exactly what Wolff did. The eagle finish cemented a back-nine 31, a final-round 65 and a first PGA Tour victory in just his third pro start. Not half bad.
As the final putt dropped, word reached DeChambeau live on camera — and caught him stunned. The man with all the answers seemed confused by the news that his tournament was suddenly over, and in the process the cameras captured a priceless reaction that soon led to a mess of fun on social media.
But in the end, it was fair play to Wolff’s virtuoso performance and to DeChambeau, too, for quickly handling the news with grace. Immediately thereafter, he headed to the autograph line to sign for fans. And when Wolff came off the 18th green, DeChambeau was there to offer in-person congratulations.
“Hats off to him,” DeChambeau said afterwards. “He’s a great player and obviously a stud, so he belongs out here. So hats off to him.”