Did Sunday cement Woods-DeChambeau Ryder Cup

NORTON, Mass. – Under sunny skies on a balmy New England morning, Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau shook hands and shared a smile on the small putting green that sits next to the opening tee box at TPC Boston.

Four weeks from now in Paris, the weather will likely be cooler. The crowds lining the first tee box will certainly be more numbered and far less partisan. But if Jim Furyk wants to lead the Americans to their first road Ryder Cup victory in 25 years, the pairing should stay exactly the same.

It’s hard to find two more unexpected seasons this year than those authored by Woods and DeChambeau. While much has been written about Woods’ 2018 renaissance, DeChambeau started the year barely inside the top 100 in the world rankings. But after two wins against stacked fields, he teed off this week’s Dell Technologies Championship as the FedExCup points leader.

On the surface, the relationship between the two certainly seems unexpected. As he started perhaps the biggest comeback of his career, Woods could have called upon any player on Tour to join him for a friendly practice round or two. But on multiple occasions, he opted for tee times with DeChambeau – the quirky, methodical whiz kid who many viewed as an outsider and who referred to Woods Sunday as his “childhood idol.”

In fact, when Woods launched his comeback at the Hero World Challenge in December in the Bahamas, DeChambeau was mixed in among the gallery marching through the sand at Albany.

Fast forward nine months, and DeChambeau’s win at The Northern Trust likely ensures his name will be announced along with Woods’ come Tuesday when Furyk makes the first three of his four picks. It will mean that the budding bromance between the greatest player of one generation and the most analytical of another could soon reach across the Atlantic.

“The one thing I can say is that he really cares,” DeChambeau said in May after pairing twice with Tiger for practice sessions at TPC Sawgrass. “Not just about how he’s playing, but at least for me, he cares about how the young guns are coming up and playing.”

Source : The Golf Channel

posted at 03 Sep 2018 14:50:54

 



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