ROLEX TESTIMONEE BRYSON DECHAMBEAU TRIUMPHS AT WINGED FOOT TO CLAIM HISTORIC FIRST U.S. OPEN TITLE
Mamaroneck, New York, United States, 21 September 2020 – Rolex Testimonee Bryson DeChambeau has claimed a memorable win at Winged Foot Golf Club after four days of impressive and powerful play saw him secure his first U.S. Open title and the maiden Major trophy of his career.
It is fitting that the American and Rolex Testimonee should win this year’s tournament. It provides the Swiss watch manufacturer with double cause for celebration, as 2020 also marks its 40th anniversary as the Official Timekeeper of this revered tournament. The partnership was born in 1980 and its longevity has been the result of a shared belief in unwavering standards, respect for history, and a pioneering spirit in the quest for perpetual excellence.
Widely regarded to be one of golf’s “toughest challenge”, this year’s tournament remained true to that tradition. Showcasing his extreme precision and accuracy, qualities that are reflected in Rolex’s watchmaking endeavours, the Californian was the only player in the field to break par on the final day of play.
DeChambeau secured his win with a six-under-par total of 274. His final round score of three-under 67 gave him a six-stroke victory, a record winning score by two shots at a revered venue where only two players had finished in red figures in five previous U.S. Opens. It was the lowest score ever carded at Winged Foot.
In lifting the coveted U.S. Open trophy, the 27-year-old joins an esteemed group of Rolex Testimonees to have claimed the oldest of the United States’ three Major tournaments, including legends of the game Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Tom Watson, as well as today’s champions Martin Kaymer, Brooks Koepka and Jordan Spieth. He also becomes just the third man in the sport’s history, following in the footsteps of fellow Rolex Testimonees Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, to claim the US NCAA individual title, U.S. Amateur Championship and U.S. Open.
Following his victory, DeChambeau, said: “It’s just an honour. I don’t know what else to say. It’s been a lot of hard work. I’d also be remiss not to talk about my sponsors and the people who have affected me to make this all possible. They’ve all been there supporting me through tough times and the good times, they’ve been incredible for me.”
DeChambeau will seek to defend his title in 2021 at Torrey Pines, California. The last U.S. Open winner at the San Diego course was Rolex Testimonee Tiger Woods, who claimed an extraordinary 14th Major title there in 2008 despite carrying a heavy knee injury.
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2020 U.S. OPEN TOURNAMENT RESULTS
1. Bryson DeChambeau (-6) 2. Matthew Wolff (E) 3. Louis Oosthuizen (+2) 4. Harris English (+3) 5. Xander Schauffele (+4)
*Names in bold denote Rolex Testimonees
ROLEX TESTIMONEE U.S OPEN CHAMPIONS
Arnold Palmer (1960)
Jack Nicklaus (1962, 1967, 1972, 1980)
Gary Player (1965)
Tom Watson (1982)
Curtis Strange (1988, 1989)
Tiger Woods (2000, 2002, 2008)
Retief Goosen (2001, 2004)
Martin Kaymer (2014)
Jordan Spieth (2015)
Brooks Koepka (2017, 2018)
Bryson DeChambeau (2020)
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