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Bryson DeChambeau Helps Golf Analyst Johnson Wagner Recreate Epic US Open Bunker Shot

Bryson DeChambeau Helps Golf Analyst Johnson Wagner Recreate Epic US Open Bunker Shot

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June 16, 2024 - Fresh off his dramatic victory at the US Open, Bryson DeChambeau took time to help Golf Channel analyst Johnson Wagner recreate the legendary bunker shot that sealed the win.

 

Wagner, known for his comedy golf clips that sometimes go viral, went to the 18th hole at Pinehurst No. 2 to attempt reshooting DeChambeau's miraculous 55-yard sand save from Sunday. As Wagner struggled on his first few tries, landing too long and worrying about hitting the clubhouse, DeChambeau happened to wander by with his trophy in hand.

 

 

The reigning US Open champion greeted Wagner warmly and offered to provide some coaching. "Let's try one more," DeChambeau told the analyst, laughing. "I want to see you hit one. You got this."

 

DeChambeau then broke down his mindset and technique on the momentous final shot. He explained how he played for explosion and run due to the fast green, avoiding a roll back into the bunker. With the pro's guidance, Wagner nailed his next attempt, landing it within a foot of the cup.

 

 

“I thought about hitting the clubhouse on the second shot,” DeChambeau said. “If I hit it too hard and it ran inside I think I could have rolled it through. But not here because I played a huge explosion chunk and run, so if anything I was going to leave it short.”

 

“We’ll clean it out and hold the sand. That sand is from this bunker shot [on the 18th hole] and I’ll forever have that sand in my house,” DeChambeau said.

 

The duo celebrated together on the green. DeChambeau even allowed Wagner a brief possession of the trophy. "I guess I'm never going to win the U.S. Open since I touched it," joked the analyst.

 

 

In a heartwarming interaction, Wagner also praised DeChambeau for his improved maturity and graciousness. Other caddies had told Wagner what a "great dude" the formerly polarizing star had become. Their feel-good moment was a nice coda to DeChambeau's career-defining victory.

 

“I’m so impressed by everything you did on the green,” Wagner said. “I was standing out here watching. You came over here and graciously shook my hand… and as a person that liked you but just didn’t know what was going on I’m so happy.

 

“I talked to a bunch of caddies coming from… and I said, ‘I think I’m going to do a walk and talk with Bryson,’ and they said, ‘Dude, you wouldn’t believe he is like the greatest dude now.’ So it’s good to see it happening, man.”

 

After battling Rory McIlroy down the stretch, DeChambeau’s one-shot triumph concluded a US Open week he and the golf world will never forget. And thanks to some magic from the champion himself, Johnson Wagner got to experience a piece of that history firsthand.

 

Bryson DeChambeau celebrates with the trophy after winning the U.S. Open golf tournament in North Carolina on June 16, 2024.

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How did the audience react to DeChambeau's unexpected appearance during the live segment

 

The crowd was totally surprised and pumped when Bryson DeChambeau showed up out of nowhere on Johnson Wagner's live TV segment. Wagner, who's infamous for his online golf fails, was having a real hard time copying Bryson's legendary 55-yard bunker shot from the last hole at Pinehurst. That's when Bryson strolled over, freshly minted trophy in hand. You could tell how happy Wagner was to see him - they shared a big hug right then and there. The audience loved it, what a feel-good moment between the guys. It wasn't planned at all but really made an impression on the viewers. Their impromptu meet-up during the post-tournament coverage ended up being one of the most memorable things from the whole tournament.

 

 

 

References: https://nypost.com/2024/06/17/sports/bryson-dechambeau-coaches-golf-analyst-in-recreating-epic-us-open-shot/ 

 


 

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With a background in digital media and a passion for golf culture, Emily scours the internet and PGA/LPGA tour circuits for the most entertaining, shocking, and bizarre stories about professional golfers. She is skilled at curating viral golf content, from Instagram antics to tournament controversies, and turning them into shareable, humorous articles. Her readers appreciate her ability to find the fun and humor in the world of elite golf.

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