Golf roundup: Bryson DeChambeau fires 58 for his first LIV Golf victory

LIV Golf photo by Sam Greenwood via AP / Crushers captain Bryson DeChambeau, front left, and teammate Charles Howell III celebrate on the 18th green after DeChambeau shot a 12-under-par 58 to win the LIV Golf-Greenbrier tournament Sunday in White Sulfur Springs, W.Va.

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Bryson DeChambeau sensed his game was close to delivering something special.

His performance Sunday in the LIV Golf-Greenbrier was more than he imagined.

DeChambeau became the fourth player on a top-level tour to shoot a 58, making birdies on his last four holes to finally capture his first LIV Golf League victory on the rain-softened Old White Course at Greenbrier Resort.

DeChambeau holed a 35-foot putt on the par-3 18th hole and leapt in the air with both arms extended to celebrate his lowest score ever.

"Probably the greatest moment in my golf career," said DeChambeau, a former U.S. Open champion who won for the first time since his March 2021 victory in the PGA Tour's Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Jim Furyk had a 58 in the Travelers Championship on the PGA Tour in 2016, while Ryo Ishikawa at The Crowns in 2010 and S.H. Kim at the 2021 Golf Partner Pro-Am each shot a 58 on the Japan Golf Tour.

Chattanooga's Stephan Jaeger shot a 58 on the PGA Tour's developmental circuit, currently known as the Korn Ferry Tour, when he went low in the first round on the way to a victory at the 2016 Ellie Mae Classic. The former Baylor School and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga standout from Germany currently competes on the PGA Tour.

In addition to Jaeger, two other players have shot a 58 on secondary tours: Alejandro del Rey at the 2021 Swiss Challenge on the Challenge Tour and Jason Bohn in the 2001 Bayer Championship on the Canadian Tour.

The record for professional golf is David Carey, who shot a 57 in the 2019 Cervino Open on the Alps Tour.

What made DeChambeau's round stand out was that the 29-year-old American shot a 12-under-par 58 with a bogey.

"Oh my God. Do you believe that?" DeChambeau said after his big putt as a steady rain fell.

DeChambeau finished at 23-under 187 in the 54-hole event for a six-shot victory over Chile's Mito Pereira, who had a 63, earning the $4 million payoff for the individual competition.

The Greenbrier previously hosted a PGA Tour event for nine years. In the inaugural Greenbrier Classic in 2010, Stuart Appleby shot a 59 in the fourth and final round to win.

DeChambeau had a chance at a sub-60 round on the PGA Tour two years ago in the BMW Championship until missing birdie putts from 15 feet and six feet on the last two holes for a 60.

He opened Sunday's round with six birdies in seven holes, then saved his best for the end as he ran off four straight birdies, two of them on par-3 layouts. He has said he was getting close with his equipment and his swing, and it paid off in a big way.

"It's beyond words," DeChambeau said. "I've been working so hard for a long time, and I knew something special was going to come at some point, I just didn't know when. ... Then today I just kind of felt everything clicking."

DeChambeau took only 119 shots over the weekend. He shot a 61 on Saturday to get within one shot of Matthew Wolff, then blew everyone away. Wolff closed with a 66 and tied for third with Richard Bland (65) and David Puig (66).

Torque won the team competition by three shots over the Crushers team led by DeChambeau.

  photo  AP photo by Chuck Burton / Lucas Glover putts on the ninth hole during the final round of the PGA Tour's Wyndham Championship on Sunday in Greensboro, N.C.

Glover wins Wyndham

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Lucas Glover did more than extend his PGA Tour season Sunday. The 43-year-old American won the Wyndham Championship with a 2-under 68 that sends him into the FedEx Cup playoffs with more big opportunities in front of him.

Glover managed a two-hour rain delay late in the final round and took advantage of a faltering Russell Henley to win for the first time in more than two years and earn an unlikely spot in the lucrative postseason. Glover had a 72-hole score of 20-under 260, with Henley (69) sharing second with South Korea's Byeong Hun An (67).

Billy Horschel, who shared the 54-hole lead with Glover, didn't make a birdie until the final hole, shot a 72 and finished alone in fourth.

Justin Thomas ended his season with a shot he won't soon forget. Needing a birdie on the 18th hole, his pitch from 100 feet short of the cup smacked off the base of the pin and settled inches away as Thomas fell to the ground in disbelief.

Now he has to wait three weeks to see if his worst season — this is the first time Thomas has failed to make the PGA Tour's playoffs — will cost him being picked for the U.S. Ryder Cup team next month.

Glover now has five PGA Tour wins separated by 18 years, and there might not have been another except for deciding to switch to a long putter, a move inspired by Adam Scott. He had been battling the yips, and he made every important putt at Sedgefield Country Club.

The Wyndham Championship is the final tournament before the top 70 qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs that start Thursday at the FedEx St. Jude Championship in Memphis. Glover was at No. 112, a long shot who needed nothing short of a runner-up finish.

He did one better, pulling away after the rain delay with plenty of help from Henley.

It was the second time in three years that Henley let one get away at Sedgefield. When play resumed, he took the lead with a two-putt birdie on the par-5 15th, and then everything went wrong in a bogey-bogey-bogey finish.

His mediocre tee shot on the par-3 16th came down the slope at the front of the green and took one more turn into a deep divot hole. He chopped that out to 35 feet and made bogey. He sent his tee shot on the 17th into the trees, and his next shot buried in a deep hole in thick rough. He had to scramble for another bogey.

And then on the closing hole, his approach from the fairway came up short and rolled off the green. He pitched to 18 feet and two-putted. He had gone 21 straight holes without a bogey before his run of three straight.

Two years ago, he had four bogeys over the last eight holes and missed a playoff by one shot.

"Just never got comfortable, felt a little jittery out there, just never got into a good sync with my swing," Henley said. "Just didn't do a good job of handling the restart."

Glover never liked the idea of the PGA Tour dropping the number from 125 to 70 players who advance to the playoffs. Now he's No. 49 with the victory, and if he can stay in the top 50 after next weekend, he will be eligible for all the signature $20 million events in 2024.

Jaeger (73) tied for 14th at 10 under, while fellow Baylor School graduate Harris English (66) shared 33rd place at 6 under.

It's Boutier again

IRVINE, Scotland — Celine Boutier won the Women's Scottish Open by two strokes, following up the victory at the Evian Championship a week earlier that made the 29-year-old from France a first-time major champion.

The fourth-ranked Boutier closed with a 2-under 70 to finish at 15-under-273 and clinch back-to-back wins, sending her into the upcoming British Open at Walton Heath in southern England with plenty of confidence.

"The home of golf ... it's so unexpected just because I won last week," Boutier said. "So the odds that I would win this week are pretty low, and so I'm just incredibly in shock and very grateful."

Boutier led by three shots after the third round and also had that advantage heading down the stretch Sunday before making bogeys on the 14th and 16th holes. When South Korea's Hyo Joo Kim of South Korea closed with a birdie to post a 65 and set a target at 13 under, Boutier's lead was down to one stroke.

However, Boutier curled in a long right-to-left putt on No. 17 and was able to walk down the par-5 18th at Dundonald Links in some comfort. She tapped in for a par and won for the third time in 2023, having also captured the title at the LPGA Drive On Championship in March.

"I didn't manage to play as well as the past three days, but I feel like that's going to happen," Boutier said. "It's a long tournament, and I just tried to stay patient and stick to my game and stick to my game plan."

Kim was second, while China's Ruoning Yin (66) was a shot further behind, alone in third.