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The days of Tiger Woods as a New York contender are over … SIX things we learned from the US Open

Lee Westwood is still ready for the fight, Tiger Woods’ days as a contender are over, and Patrick Reed can’t escape flak … SIX things we learned from the US Open

  • Byson DeChameau triumphed in the US Open in New York on Sunday
  • The American beat rookie Matt Wolff with six shots after a brilliant final round
  • There was plenty to take away from the tournament, as we chose six topics to be discussed

Bryson DeChameau has been crowned the 2020 US Open Champion and has finally had the chance to silence his doubters.

The 27-year-old distanced American debutant Matt Wolff on Sunday by six points, with Louis Oosthuizen eight shots back in third place.

There was plenty to think about from New York Sportsmails Derek Lawrenson takes a look at the six things we learned from the tournament.

Bryson DeChameau was crowned US Open champion for 2020 in New York on Sunday

Bryson DeChameau was crowned US Open champion for 2020 in New York on Sunday

Reed is still controlling the anti-aircraft guns

Only Patrick Reed could barrack at an event where no fans were allowed.

That didn’t stop some homeowners from setting up platforms in backyards overlooking some of the holes – and they gave the controversial Reed both barrels.

If ever there was one player who was secretly excited about the absence of 40,000 bloodthirsty New Yorkers, it was him.

Even without hustle and bustle along the track, Patrick Reed couldn't escape his controversial reputation

Even without hustle and bustle along the track, Patrick Reed couldn't escape his controversial reputation

Even without hustle and bustle along the track, Patrick Reed couldn’t escape his controversial reputation

It’s not for Tiger

Even during the darkest days, when he couldn’t get out of bed because of his back pain, the mantra was always the same: Write off Tiger Woods at your own risk.

But here it goes. When it comes to the US Open, his days as a contender are over.

The only majors he can win now are the next two or three editions of the Masters and the 2022 Open at St Andrews.

Watch out for Westwood

A snappy social media reference about how few fairways Matt Wolff hit the first 54 holes showed that Lee Westwood is still in the fray.

Now that he’s 47, he probably would have made a record 11th Ryder Cup appearance this week.

Maybe he’ll make it next year. And he’s a good intermediate for the Masters in November.

Lee Westwood, the 47-year-old veteran, showed that he still has a fighting spirit at Mamaroneck

Lee Westwood, the 47-year-old veteran, showed that he still has a fighting spirit at Mamaroneck

Lee Westwood, the 47-year-old veteran, showed that he still has a fighting spirit at Mamaroneck

Spieth’s support

A well-respected coach tried people out at Jordan Spieth last week – but who does the boot with regard to the Texan?

I don’t know of any person in the wave who is unwilling to navigate their current mental maze and recapture its form.

Watch out for big hitters

After sluggers Matt Wolff and Bryson DeChambeau did what you shouldn’t be able to do at a US Open after three rounds, and scoring well from the rough, the next step in the remote insight project promised by the game’s governing bodies should be an interesting lecture in March.

A prediction: blood is coming.

Bryson DeChambeau continued to upset the traditionalists with his performances

Bryson DeChambeau continued to upset the traditionalists with his performances

Bryson DeChambeau continued to upset the traditionalists with his performances

This must be difficult

It’s not often I disagree with Ewen Murray on Sky Sports, but I’ll happily challenge his preference for the birdie fest on day one over the spills on day two.

If you see 20 sub-par scores at a US Open, it means that the setup is a betrayal of what the event should represent.

It makes it indistinguishable from a top PGA Tour event.

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