McIlroy expressed surprise at DeChambeau's level of success at Winged Foot
Rory McIlroy says he's struggling to understand how Bryson DeChambeau's power play translated into an impressive win at the US Open at Winged Foot.
DeChambeau was the only player to break through on the last day. a closing 67 gave him a profit margin of six shots.
The 27-year-old hit just 23 of the 56 fairways in the regulation during the week, the least of all champions since 1981.
"I don't know what to say. That's the exact opposite of what you think a US Open champion does," said McIlroy.
"Look, he found a way to do it. Whether that's good or bad for the game, I don't know, but it's not the way I saw that this golf course was played or this tournament was played.
"It's kind of hard to really beat my head," added the Northern Irishman, who will try to keep his six-year-old wait for a fifth major triumph at The Masters to end in November – the only major he has yet to win.
DeChambeau has been putting on 40 pounds of muscle over the past year to complete a of the game's greatest hitters, calculating that a lack of accuracy can be counteracted by being closer to the green.
"I thought I'd take it a week- in and week-out PGA Tour lineups that are a bit more benign, ”added McIlroy nada t a disappointing final lap of 75 left him tied for eighth.
"I played with him back out at Colonial the first week, but I said a little, okay, just wait until he gets to a real golf course, he'll have to rein him in again
"This is as correct as they come, and see what happened. Yep, he totally believes in what he's doing, and it's pretty impressive. "
& # 39; Distance is not decisive factor & # 39; – Lowry
After finishing joint 43rd on 15th over, 2019 Open Champion Shane Lowry added his contribution to debate DeChambeau & # 39; s tactics, saying he did not believe that distance is key in golf.
"As long as the golf course is set up correctly, I don't think distance plays such a big part in the game, "said Lowry.
" Bryson clearly did what he did, but he did it (played well) for a month, and the past few weeks he hasn't been incredible, he hasn't competed at the top of events.
"Dustin (Johnson) gets a long way, but Dustin controls the ball really well and people need to realize, even though they are probably some of the tallest hitters in the world, they still are the best golfers.
"You still need to be able to control your ball, you still need to be able to chip and put. When it came to hitting the ball long, the tall drivers would be playing here in these big championships and they aren't.
"I don't like to talk about the distance debate because I think golf is perfect the way it is, and I think it's a great game, and I think the best golfers have the are the best golfers in the world because they are the best golfers. "