Dublin - Bryson DeChambeau birdied the second extra hole to
beat South Korea's An Byeong-hun and capture the biggest title of his career on
Sunday at the Memorial.
DeChambeau, 24, thrust his arms skyward in no less than
seven double fist-pumps after rolling in his winning 12-foot putt at the 18th
hole at Muirfield Village.
DeChambeau, An and Kyle Stanley had ended regulation play
tied on 15-under par, but only after the two Americans each bogeyed the 72nd
Stanley, 30 was eliminated with another bogey on the first
playoff hole - the 18th.
An and DeChambeau returned to the 18th tee for the second
playoff hole, with An's second shot coming to rest against a spectator's
After a free drop he found the green but DeChambeau settled
things with his birdie effort, saying his second career US PGA Tour title was
even more special coming in the Jack Nicklaus-hosted event.
"I can't even describe it. Just to win his event is an honour,"
said DeChambeau, who carded a final-round 71. "He's the greatest to play.
I'm speechless, honestly."
He recalled playing the Memorial two years ago, when his
game "wasn't nearly good enough to win".
"So it has taken me a couple of years to get to this
calibre and I was fortunate enough to come out victorious on Jack's course.
"This is most important win of my entire career because
it happened here at Jack's course and also it is also kind of validity me being
out here on tour, as well."
An, who burst onto the world stage in capturing the 2015
European Tour's BMW PGA Championship, was gracious in defeat.
"I couldn't do any better with the third shot at the
second extra hole but then Bryson had a good birdie look," said the South
Korean, who posted a final-round 69.
"I knew he would make the birdie putt and that is why I
tried to chip mine in, but then he hit a good putt, so I couldn't do
Tiger Woods' much-anticipated final round charge never
materialized as the 14-time major champion struggled with three bogeys coming
Much of his trouble came on the greens, but he also went out
of bounds at 13 en route to an even par 72 for a share of 23rd place on
"Well, I had some chances to shoot some good rounds
this week," Woods said after his last tune-up before the US Open begins at
Shinnecock Hills on June 14.
"Overall my game is where it needs to be heading into
the US Open and that's something that's very positive," Woods said.
Chilean 19-year-old Joaquin Niemann who went into the final
round just one shot off the lead, carded a closing 73 to share sixth place with
Justin Rose (79) on 12-under par.
The finish was enough for Niemann, playing just his fifth event
since turning pro after the Masters in April, to secure special temporary
membership status on the US PGA Tour, which allows him unlimited starts for the
remainder of the season.
Leading final-round scores on Sunday in the US PGA Tour's Memorial Tournament (x-won at 2nd playoff hole. USA unless noted, par 72):
273 - x-Bryson DeChambeau 69-67-66-71, An Byeong-hun (KOR) 68-67-69-69, Kyle Stanley 67-66-70-70
274 - Patrick Cantlay 68-69-66-71
275 - Peter Uihlein 69-70-70-66
276 - Joaquin Niemann (CHI) 65-68-70-73, Justin Rose (ENG) 71-66-69-70
277 - Dustin Johnson 72-66-72-67, Justin Thomas 72-69-68-68, Patrick Rodgers 68-73-68-68, Rickie Fowler 72-69-68-68, Rory McIlroy (NIR) 74-70-64-69
278 - Matt Kuchar 71-68-72-67, Tony Finau 71-68-72-67, Phil Mickelson 74-66-70-68, Henrik Stenson (SWE) 71-66-72-69, Louis Oosthuizen (RSA) 70-69-74-65, Tom Hoge 71-67-70-70, Ryan Moore 71-69-68-70, Kiradech Aphibarnrat (THA) 71-68-69-70, Hideki Matsuyama (JPN) 65-71-71-71, JB Holmes 70-66-71-71
279 - Ryan Armour 68-70-72-69, Martin Laird (SCO) 72-66-72-69, Gary Woodland 69-68-75-67, Emiliano Grillo (ARG) 72-69-68-70, Keegan Bradley 68-70-70-71, Tiger Woods 72-67-68-72