Bryson DeChambeau sets tournament record score, wins Omega Dubai Desert Classic

By Pat Ralph Sunday, January 27, 2019

Bryson DeChambeau shot a tournament record 24-under 264 to win the Omega Dubai Desert Classic by seven strokes this weekend at Emirates Golf Club. DeChambeau, who shot an 8-under 64 during Sunday’s final round, has now won four times in his last nine starts.

Ranked No. 5 in the world, DeChambeau had shot a pair of 6-under 66’s and a 4-under 68 before Sunday’s final round. Despite sitting at 16-under 200 through 54 holes, DeChambeau’s best golf in Dubai had yet to come. His final round score of 8-under 64 consisted of seven birdies, one eagle, and one bogey.

DeChambeau opened up his final round with three consecutive birdies before settling for par on the next six holes. Then, the 25-year-old DeChambeau finished with an eagle and birdie at the 10th and 11th holes following the turn for the back nine. However, his strong play was brought to a brief halt when he bogeyed at the 12th hole. But he quickly bounced back with a pair of back-to-back birdies at 13 and 14 before scoring his seventh and final birdie of the day at 17.

“I think it’s fantastic obviously,” DeChambeau said after his final round. “It’s great that anybody can tell you that you’ve done something good. I think it’s a little bit vindicating that I’m able to come out and have success like this on multiple tours. I’m very proud and happy and thankful as well.”

The previous tournament record had been set at last year’s event by Haotong Li, who shot 23-under to win. But this was Bryson’s weekend to dominate, as he finished in the top five in Strokes Gained for driving, long game, approach play, and putting.

In his last nine starts, DeChambeau has not finished outside of the top-20. His most recent victory came this past November at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas. He now has seven professional wins after his first on the European Tour.

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How to never never miss a 4ft putt… ever

London. I’ve got something to show you.” Bernie Silver, who owned Dynaflyte, the largest mail order company in the United States in the Seventies, never called me by my first name. But “London” sounded a great deal better than my UK nickname: “The Putter Nutter”.

Bernie walked towards an aircraft hangar. I followed, expecting to see Bernie’s private jet. No jet, just row upon row of putter shafts hanging in the rafters. “Every goddam one of those putter shafts,” laughed Bernie, “you, London, will sell! Your US media tour starts in three days. Sports stores and golf clubs are waiting to meet and challenge the man who, 4ft from the hole, never misses!”

Bernie put his hand on my shoulder, adding, “Miss a plane, a hotel booking, a TV show or a golf-store booking – well, that’s fine. But, London… just don’t miss a putt.”

I hadn’t missed a putt in two years. Now was not the time to start.

My mind raced back to the time I was with my best friend in golf, Lee Trevino. “When you’re putting for a $5 bet and you’ve only got $2 in your pocket, you don’t miss.” Trevino’s words.

The golfing purists insisted history had proved Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Tom Watson and Lee Trevino holed out with the Vardon putting grip – the little finger of the right hand overlaps the left forefinger – the reason they had won so many Major championships. True, in every case bar one.

Trevino put all ten fingers on the putting shaft by sliding his right hand down the shaft a shade, the putting stroke controlled by the right hand. This prevented the left hand coming into play at the moment the putter blade struck the ball, preventing pushing or pulling the putt left of the hole. The Trevino grip was an adaption of the Trevillion pencil grip.

I have spent more than 80 years drawing the famous names in sport, always in pen and black Indian ink. The fine line created by the sharp metal tip of the pen is impossible to erase – one mistake and the drawing is finished. That’s pressure.

By comparison, holing a 4ft putt is a walk in the park.

I have for the very first time divulged the Trevino secret. Time for another secret. It’s the pencil grip secret. From 4ft the ball has to be struck firmly enough to drop into a hole 6ft away to ensure it eliminates any borrows. I always focus on an imaginary hole at 2ft. Knowing if the ball passed over the centre of the imaginary cup, it would still carry on and drop into the imaginary hole 6ft away unless the 4ft hole got in the way.

After hours of practise the 4ft hole always got in the way. It still does. Here’s how to do it…

The perfect putting method

1. The putting stance

As Sugar Ray Robinson said, the width your feet are apart with your natural walking stride is the perfect platform for your body weight. So that is your putting stance. Check it out: drop a ball on the floor and walk up to it. Stop and now bend your knees and you are as solid and as steady as a rock. No body or head movement throughout the arms and club-putting stroke.

2. The putting crouch

Tilt from the waist and ensure your shoulders are parallel to the ground. The centre or axis of the putting stroke is the top of the spine between the shoulder blades. You could ask someone to place a tray across your back and balance a drinking glass on top and the liquid in the glass would be perfectly level.

3. The soling of the putter

Keep the sole of the putter perfectly level with the ground. Start your putting stroke by lifting it slightly, to ensure you do not catch the grass on the backswing and follow-through.

4. Eyes over the ball

Keep your eyes directly over the ball. You can check this out by dropping a ball from the bridge of your nose. It should land on the ball below.

5. Alignment to the hole – The Square Method

With all short putts the ball must be hit firmly enough to eliminate any borrow along a straight line to the hole. Having decided on your line to the hole, your putter club-face and body must be positioned along this line square to the hole. This is known as “The Square Method”. Your feet, ankles, knees, hips and shoulders are in line with the hole.

6. Grip pressure

Your grip should be tight, just like you would hold a pencil… but it should never be tense. Never tense! Forget “feel” for the short putt: the ball is too close to the hole for feel to play any part.

7. The pendulum stroke

Both your arms should hang naturally from the shoulders with both palms facing each other and perfectly level with each other. Because you want to take your right palm to the hole, pendulum-fashion, take your left hand out of the stroke by placing it at the top of the grip. Using your right shoulder, take the club straight back and through.

8. The strike

As a mental image, imagine the ball is asleep. Give it a hard whack, its eyes open… it sees the hole and it dives in. The putt’s history!

9. The follow-through

A confident follow-through sinks the putt. It’s a clear indication of what went on before you struck the ball. You must take the putter-face to the hole.

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Feel the turn! This stretch will help you gain yards off the tee

Use this quick stretch to get the shoulder action you need to hit bombs.


Take your regular backswing and stop at the top. If you’ve noticed a serious lack of power in your game recently, you probably look like this (photo, below): left elbow bent, hands in close to your body. You’re all arms and no turn, and it’s costing you yards.


Try this: Using your left hand only, swing the club back until your left arm is parallel to the ground and straight. Grab the shaft with your right hand about a foot from the bottom of the grip and pull it toward your right shoulder. Keep pulling it until your left shoulder swings under your chin. That, friends, is a proper windup.


Thanks to this easy drill, you’ve learned how to combine arm swing with shoulder turn to create maximum potential energy on your backswing. Do this on the range when you’re practicing with your driver or even on the box during your round when prepping to tee off. It’s a great way to remind yourself during play to complete your turn and deliver with authority.

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