Bryson DeChambeau will be making his first start since his US Open triumph at this week’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open – a start that will serve as a Winged Foot rematch of sorts.
DeChambeau, who won the Shriners two years ago, will be paired with Matthew Wolff and Cameron Champ for the first two rounds at TPC Summerlin.
The featured group is as close to a fireworks display as you’ll see on the PGA Tour. DeChambeau led the tour in driving distance last season with a 294.5-metre (322.1-yard) average, narrowly edging Champ (294.4 metres/322.0 yards) for the distance title. Wolff wasn’t too far behind at a 284.9-metre (311.6-yard) clip, good for ninth longest on the circuit.
Of greater note, DeChambeau and Wolff were paired together in the final round at the US Open. Despite beginning the day two shots behind Wolff, DeChambeau turned in the only under-par round that Sunday to clip Wolff by six shots to win his first Major championship. Champ (73-78) failed to make the weekend proceedings in Mamaroneck, New York.
The tour announced three other featured groups for the Shriners’ first two rounds: Jason Day, Hideki Matsuyama and Sergio Garcia; Kevin Na, Patrick Cantlay and Rickie Fowler; Webb Simpson, Collin Morikawa, Joaquin Niemann.
The Shriners begins late on Thursday night, Australian time. Na is the defending champion.