Bryson DeChambeau finally won his first LIV Golf event on Sunday, and he did it with one of the most astonishing rounds in pro golf history.
DeChambeau shot a record-tying 58 in the final round Sunday at West Virginia’s historic Greenbrier Old White course, winning the LIV event by six strokes over Mito Pereira. He finished with a 23-under 187 for the event.
The 29-year-old DeChambeau becomes the fourth pro golfer to card a 58. Jim Furyk is the only golfer to turn the trick on the PGA Tour, at the Travelers Championship in 2016. Ryo Ishikawa (2010) and S.H. Kim (2021) shot 58s on the Japan Golf Tour.
DeChambeau needed birdies on the final four holes to achieve the rare score, punctuated by a 35-foot putt on No. 18.
5️⃣8️⃣ FOR THE TITLE!
A FIRST WIN FOR BRYSON, AND A FIRST ROUND UNDER 60 IN #LIVGOLF HISTORY! 😱
— LIV Golf (@livgolf_league) August 6, 2023
DeChambeau, the 2020 U.S. Open champion, had been one of the biggest names to jump from the established PGA Tour to LIV Golf last year. Amid all the criticism, golf fans had been wondering when he would finally notch an LIV win.
“It’s been a long time coming,” DeChambeau wrote in a Twitter post. “This is one of the best rounds of golf I have ever played in my life. I can’t thank my team enough and sticking with me through the process. Today may have been history, but this is just the beginning. Let’s keep it going.”
It’s been a long time coming. This is one of the best rounds of golf I have ever played in my life. I can’t thank my team enough and sticking with me through the process. Today may have been history, but this is just the beginning. Let’s keep it going 🔥 pic.twitter.com/VTNJUf5mJo
— Bryson DeChambeau (@b_dechambeau) August 6, 2023
Many golf fans have not forgiven DeChambeau and other PGA stars who bolted to LIV Golf, with some calling out the weaker competition on the upstart Saudi-backed tour. But that criticism was muted Sunday as fans reacted to DeChambeau’s historic feat.
A 58 on a course that has hosted PGA Tour events is worth celebrating for golf fans.
Seeing a lot of PGA v LIV commentary. I’m not a supporter of LIV and indifferent about Bryson…but credit required. Golf is polarised enough presently, but when someone shoots a 58 it’s special. The binary argument that you’re either PGA, or LIV, or you’re not is regressive. 🤷🏻♂️
— ☘️ Michael D McCafferty ☘️ (@Mikeyy84) August 6, 2023
Yo, 58 is insane! Legend!
— TronBonne (@itsTronBonne) August 6, 2023
Now! How does Zach Johnson leave Bryson DeChambeau out of the US Ryder Cup team?
— Gerrit Cramer (@cramer_gerrit) August 6, 2023
What a great two days of golf for Bryson DeChambeau! 119!!!!!!!!!!!
— Randi Novak (@rnovak1111) August 6, 2023
Greatest round I’ve seen played! ⛳️
— David A. Felix (@dafelixsw) August 6, 2023
That was some golf!! Me, my wife and kids sat and watched you on the range, in the rain, at the open. I just said to them that is what it takes nothing comes easy but it will be worth it! I was right well done! Unreal golf on any level or tour👏.
— colin metcalfe (@impyoursur) August 6, 2023