Bryson DeChambeau completed the first stage of his mission by winning The Northern Trust in Paramus, New Jersey. The next one is up to Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk.
Staked to a four-shot lead, DeChambeau never let anyone closer than two shots Sunday, ended the threat with consecutive birdies and closed with a 2-under 69 for a four-shot victory over Tony Finau in the FedEx Cup opener at Ridgewood Country Club.
DeChambeau won for the second time this year, both times against some of the strongest fields. He moved to the top of the FedEx Cup standings and was all but assured of being one of the top five seeds at the Tour Championship who have a clear shot at the $10 million bonus.
Also on his mind is playing for no money at all at the Ryder Cup.
DeChambeau narrowly missed earning one of the eight automatic spots for the U.S. team when he missed the cut at the PGA Championship. Furyk makes three of his four captain’s picks a week from Tuesday, and it will be tough to ignore a 24-year-old Californian with victories at the Memorial and a FedEx Cup playoff event. He moves to No. 12 in the world.
DeChambeau finished at 18-under 266.
Finau closed with a 68. He cracked the top 20 in the world for the first time in his career.
Billy Horschel (68) and Cameron Smith (69) tied for third.
Brooke Henderson became the first Canadian to win the country’s national championship in 45 years, closing with a 7-under 65 for a four-stroke victory in the CP Women’s Open at chilly and rainy Wascana Country Club in Regina, Saskatchewan.
The 20-year-old Henderson, from Smiths Falls, Ontario, finished at 21-under 267, capping the emotional victory in front of a large, adoring gallery with a short birdie putt on the par-4 18th.
Jocelyne Bourassa is the only other Canadian to win the national championship, accomplishing the feat in 1973 at Montreal Municipal in the inaugural La Canadienne – the event that became the major du Maurier Classic, then the current non-major in 2001.
Henderson won the LOTTE Championship in Hawaii in April and has seven LPGA Tour titles, one short of Sandra Post’s record for Canadians.
Angel Yin was second after a 68.
Scott Parel won the Boeing Classic on Sunday for his first PGA Tour Champions title, birdieing the final six holes on the front nine in a 9-under 63.
Five strokes behind Kevin Sutherland and Ken Tanigawa entering the round, Parel beat Sutherland by three strokes at The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge in Snoqualmie, Washington.
Parel opened with a birdie on the par-4 first, parred the next two and birdied the final six holes on the front nine. He rebounded from a streak-ending bogey on the par-4 10th with a birdie on the par-4 11th. He also birdied the par-4 16th, and made a curling, downhill 40-footer for another birdie on the par-3 17th.
Parel finished at 18-under 198. He was tied for the first-round lead after a 65, then dropped back Saturday with a 70.
Sutherland had a 71 – birdieing the par-5 18th after opening with 17 straight pars – a day shooting a course-record 60. In the 2014 Dick’s Sporting Goods Open, Sutherland shot a tour-record 59 in the second round, then closed with a 74 to tie for seventh.
Tanigawa also failed to follow up a low round, going 64-73 on the weekend to tie for third at 3 under with Miguel Angel Jimenez (67).
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