The PGA Tour and the USGA should focus on the U.S. Open winner's long rounds rather than his long drives, reader contends
All the hand-wringing about Bryson DeChambeau's U.S. Open victory at Winged Foot and the inevitable renewed distance debate are missing why he won (“2020 U.S. Open: It’s Bryson DeChambeau, by a long shot,” Sept. 21).
Sure, he hits it far, but he won because of his ability to recover, chip it close, and sink long putts. Without an outstanding short game, he'd be just another guy in long-drive competitions.
I'm not a DeChambeau fan, but to reduce his victory to discussions about his length off the tee is unfair. Simply put, he's a skillful golfer, and driving distance is only a part of his success.
Instead of the obsession with distance, I'd rather see the PGA Tour and the USGA focus on his pace of play. It's painful to watch as he goes through all of his calculations, and it’s unfair to his playing competitor(s).
I applaud him for using his physical and mental gifts as he plays the game. I only wish that he would do it faster.
Mohegan Lake, N.Y.
Park the DeChambeau criticism
As always, I enjoyed Gary Van Sickle’s astute observations on Bryson DeChambeau after his victory at the 2020 U.S. Open (“2020 U.S. Open: It’s Bryson DeChambeau, by a long shot,” Sept. 21). But I can’t quite agree with his suggestion that DeChambeau somehow was graceless in thanking his sponsors and “team" first in his post-round interview.
I doubt anyone would consider it a faux pas if Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes gushed about coach Andy Reid or tight end Travis Kelce immediately after winning a Super Bowl. And though the winner gave a few seconds to a small number of his posse, including his swing coach, what’s wrong with honoring their contribution?
I suspect a lot of people immediately replayed their recording of Sunday’s golf telecast to grab as much information as possible about the people making DeChambeau’s equipment. And if instructor Chris Como isn't splattered all over TV shows in the next few weeks, it can only mean that Golf Channel has gone out of business.
If we’re going to question DeChambeau for saying what he did Sunday about his sponsors, can we also answer this inquiry: How much money did the U.S. Golf Association pocket for having that shiny, white Lexus on full display near Winged Foot’s clubhouse for four days?
A lot more than the check that the USGA wrote to Bryson DeChambeau, would be my guess.
Grand Rapids, Mich.
DeChambeau won with much more than the long ball
So much of the commentary on Bryson DeChambeau and his win at the U.S. Open has focused on the length of his drives. In my opinion, this focus is misplaced (“2020 U.S. Open: It’s Bryson DeChambeau, by a long shot,” Sept. 21).
Some commentators have noted that he was outdriven by other players, including eventual runner-up Matthew Wolff. Thus, I believe that there were three other keys to his victory rather than just bash and go.
First, although he wasn't concerned about hitting the fairways, he did manage to put the ball in a place where he nearly always had a shot at the green. I don't think he ever found himself behind a tree or other obstacle. Was this just a coincidence, or was it by design?
Second, when he found himself in the rough, he had the strength and the skill to put the ball on the green in a favorable position.
Third, he putted like the Tiger Woods of old.
As DeChambeau said in his post-tournament interview, it was all about control, which he demonstrated thoroughly from tee to green.
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