'That’s class': Bryson DeChambeau delivers sporting gesture in defeat

Bryson DeChambeau stood on the range at Valhalla Golf Club, hands on his hips, and watched his fate unfold on a jumbotron. But as soon as Xander Schauffele rolled in a birdie putt from 6 feet, 2 inches on the 72nd hole, DeChambeau’s day was officially over.

Schauffele closed the 2024 PGA Championship with a six-under 65, good for a 21-under total and a one-stroke win over DeChambeau, who finished two pairings ahead of Schauffele and then went to the range to stay loose for a potential playoff.

Schauffele and Collin Morikawa held the 54-hole lead, but late in the day it was a three-horse race between Schauffele, DeChambeau and his playing partner, Viktor Hovland. DeChambeau and Hovland were 19 under, one back of Schauffele, and faced similar-length birdie putts on the 18th green. Hovland missed, but DeChambeau didn’t. He drained his putt from 11 feet to get to 20 under, tying Schauffele.

Suddenly, after a key up-and-down par save on 17, Schauffele needed to birdie the 18th to win the first major of his career — and first tournament since July 2022 — or make par and force a playoff.

DeChambeau hit balls and watched from the range, but as soon as Schauffele rolled in the birdie putt, he stopped, showed little expression and marched back to the 18th green.

The telecast showed Schauffele hugging and high-fiving friends and family as he exited the green, and it wasn’t long until he got to another familiar face: DeChambeau.

It was a quick conversation — an embrace and a “Congrats” and both were on the their way.

“That’s class,” Jim Nantz said on the CBS broadcast. “DeChambeau comes over to give him a nod, a congratulatory handshake.”