Bryson DeChambeau hasn’t played Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, New Jersey, before but that doesn’t mean the 25-year-old golfer isn’t prepared for The Northern Trust.
DeChambeau hadn’t played Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, New Jersey, but that didn’t prevent him from winning the first event that comprises the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup playoffs in 2018.
The Northern Trust will be held from August 7-11, 2019, as DeChambeau looks to retain his crown and take a stronghold on the FedEx Cup standings.
“I’ve seen it on TV with the (2017) Presidents Cup,” DeChambeau said. “I never saw Ridgewood before and I went in and won there. It’s just about what I can do at that moment in time; if I’m able to execute and repeat my motion better than everyone else. If I can do that, hopefully it’s game over.
“It takes you playing really well, executing well, having the right strategy and getting a little lucky. That’s the game.”
DeChambeau has seen his fair share of ups and downs this season whether via luck or execution. He started out 2018/19 by winning the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas in November and added three top-10 finishes over the next five events.
The following 10 tournaments were defined by a different narrative though. DeChambeau finished outside the top-20 in each event, including missing the cut in three consecutive: RBC Heritage, PGA Championship and Charles Schwab Challenge.
“You learn about what works and what makes you tick,” he said. “That’s the cool part. I’ve gone through that little bit of a failure phase—it hasn’t been terrible, but it hasn’t been great. As time goes on, I’ll learn even more about myself, my golf game, the repeatability I can have, the consistency that comes about with that and multiple other facets.
“Your career is never going to be fully up-and-up; it’s just a part of the process. At this point and time I am where I am and I’ll look to keep improving.”
DeChambeau finished T-10 at the Travelers Championship this past weekend, moving up to 25th in the FedEx Cup rankings. The Southern Methodist University graduate hopes to keep building momentum heading into the playoffs; positive results at The Open Championship (July 18-21) and the Wyndham Championship (Aug. 1-4), especially, would go a long way toward that.
Knowing the FedEx Cup now consists of three events (The Northern Trust, BMW Championship and Tour Championship) and with just 70 players moving on from the first event, DeChambeau stressed the importance of a strong, quality finish at The Northern Trust.
“It’s going to be different,” he said. “I don’t know exactly what’s going to happen. I can’t predict the future, but it’s going to put everyone in a little bit of a more stressful situation if they want to make it to the next event. I think (it’s a good thing). It weeds out the best from the worst, I think.”