SAN FRANCISCO — Bryson DeChambeau made the best run of his career at a major championship, but still fell short despite shooting a final-round 66 to finish 10-under for the week and in a tie for fourth.
“There [were] a few moments where I kind of got a spur of momentum,’’ he said. “It was bunched and somebody had to pull away.’’
Collin Morikawa was that somebody.
“I played great golf this whole week, and finally was able to finish in the top 10, top five in a major, and that’s an awesome accolade,’’ DeChambeau said. “The next step is to win. I feel like my game is good enough. I’m just proud of the way I handled myself, and that I was able to still keep executing when times got tough, and kept my head up high.’’
DeChambeau called his performance this week “super validating’’ of the changes he’s made to his body and swing.
“[I’m] very excited for the future for me,’’ he said. “My driving I think is only going to get stronger and farther, golf-course-dependent, obviously. I hope in due time there’s going to be an advantage that’s out there. Hopefully it gives me a really distinct advantage that helps me win a lot out here.’’
Rory McIlroy took notice of — and some offense at — Brooks Koepka on Saturday throwing shade at 54-hole leader Dustin Johnson, whom he tweaked for having only one career major compared to the four Koepka has won.
“I heard the interview and was just sort of taken aback a little bit by sort of what he said and whether he was trying to play mind games or not,’’ McIlroy said after his round Sunday. “If he’s trying to play mind games, he’s trying to do it to the wrong person. I don’t think DJ really gives much of a concern [about] that.
“I certainly try to respect everyone out here. Everyone is a great player. If you’ve won a major championship, you’re a hell of a player. Doesn’t mean you’ve only won one. You’ve won one, and you’ve had to do a lot of good things to do that. I mean, sort of hard to knock a guy [Johnson] that’s got 21 wins on the PGA Tour, which is three times what Brooks has.’’
Johnson closed with a 2-under 68 but finished tied for second, two shots behind Morikawa.
Phil Mickelson closed out the PGA Championship with a final-round 73 to finish 4-over for the tournament.
But the talk about Mickelson since Saturday has been about his performance as a guest commentator in the CBS-TV booth after his third round, which had Twitter buzzing with his expert analysis and zingers.
Mickelson downplayed his potential stardom in the broadcasting world should he opt for that after his playing career, saying, “For somebody like myself that’s never done that, having a guy like Jim Nantz kind of set things up and kind of stage what to talk about made it easy, because it’s not like I prepared for anything.
“He just sets things up well, and then obviously to have a wonderful target like Nick [Faldo], that made it nice, too.’’
Mickelson had some fun with Faldo in the booth with a few good-natured barbs.
“I’ve always had a good rapport with Nick Faldo going back to when I played with him as an amateur in the Masters and he was really kind to me, and I’ve always enjoyed his kind of wit and British humor,’’ Mickelson said. “So, we’ve always had some good banter at the [Masters] champions’ dinners. It was just an easy environment to spend an hour or so.’’
Based on their respective finishes, Matthew Wolff, who tied for fourth, and Cameron Champ, who tied for 10th, qualified for the U.S. Open at Winged Foot. … In his first tournament since taking over the No. 1 ranking, Justin Thomas finished 1-under for the week after shooting 70 Sunday. … Jordan Spieth, after shooting 76 on Saturday, rallied for a 67 on Sunday. He’ll have to wait until 2021 to try again to win a PGA and complete the career grand slam.