BLAINE, Minn. — Despite a clutch eagle on the final hole, former Clovis East golfer Bryson DeChambeau lost by one shot to 20-year-old Matthew Wolff at the 3M Open on Sunday.
It would have been Bryson’s second win on the PGA Tour this season, and third win worldwide.
DeChambeau finished at 20-under for the tournament and in a tie for second with Collin Morikawa, which earned Bryson a check for $563,200.
DeChambeau entered Sunday in a three-way tie for the lead with Wolff and Morikawa at 15-under. He had to play catch up on the back nine though, after going out in even par on the front nine, on a course that was giving up a lot of birdies. He nearly pulled it off, briefly turning a one-shot deficit into a one-shot lead on the par-5 18th hole, after putting his approach shot from just over 200 yards out to inside seven feet, and then converting the eagle putt. The eagle on 18 finished off a 5-under 31 on the back nine.
Wolff responded though, with an eagle of his own on the 18th hole, which ended DeChambeau’s chances of winning. The 20-year-old Wolff, who won the NCAA individual championship in May and then turned pro, locked up the tournament title when Morikawa missed his eagle try to tie moments later on the 18th green. Wolff was in the tournament on a sponsor’s exemption, since he had no official status on the PGA Tour entering the tournament.
The runner-up finish gets DeChambeau 245 more FedexCup points, moving him from 25th to 14th in the season-long FedexCup standings.
And remember, the top 10 in FedexCup points after the final regular-season event, the Wyndham Championship, concludes on Aug. 4th, will share a bonus pool of $10 million, with $2 million going to first-place on down to the 10th-place finisher earning $500,000.
After missing three straight cuts in in April and May, DeChambeau’s runner-up finish was his second straight top-10 result, after finishing tied for 8th in the Travelers Championship in Connecticut.
“I’m pleased. Obviously disappointed that I didn’t win,” DeChambeau said, in a story published on GolfChannel.com. “Congrats to Matt. I mean, unbelievable to make that and win for his first PGA Tour title. Hats off to him, he’s a great player and obviously a stud, so he belongs out here.”