Bryson DeChambeau on roll as PGA Tour playoffs shift to Boston

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To his right was the silver trophy Bryson DeChambeau won Sunday at The Northern Trust, a victory that felt comfortable to everyone but him. To his left was the silver FedEx Cup trophy, a reminder of the ultimate prize in the PGA Tour season.

Missing was the gold Ryder Cup trophy.

DeChambeau took a giant step toward playing for that, too.

‘‘Like I said yesterday, I’m a man on a mission right now — two missions, actually,’’ DeChambeau said after a four-shot victory in the opening FedEx Cup playoff event. ‘‘One being the Ryder Cup and one being the FedEx Cup. I’m doing pretty well right now and just got to keep moving forward in the right direction.’’

That was the only direction his game went in a final round devoid of much drama.

Staked to a four-shot lead, DeChambeau never let anyone closer than two shots, ended the threat with consecutive birdies and closed with a 2-under-par 69 to win by four shots over Tony Finau.

Ryan Palmer also felt like a winner. He came into the FedEx Cup playoffs at No. 100 — the top 100 advance to the second stage next week at TPC Boston — and Palmer delivered a 65 on Sunday highlighted by a wedge he holed for eagle on the par-5 third hole. He tied for fifth, along with Wise (67) and Adam Scott (69), and moved all the way to No. 50.

Nick Watney was among six players who moved from outside the top 100 to advance to the Dell Technologies Championship, which starts Friday. The others were Scott Stallings, Jhonattan Vegas, Bronson Burgoon, Brian Stuard, and Danny Lee.

Tiger Woods, coming off a runner-up finish at the PGA Championship, never got anything going. He closed with a 70 and tied for 40th, 14 shots out of the lead.

‘‘I’m sure you guys are used to seeing me win five times a year or more,’’ Woods said. ‘‘It’s not that easy to win out here. What you’re seeing is that I’m close, and just one shot here, one shot there per day, flips momentum.’’

DeChambeau never felt entirely in control until he stabbed at a chip short of the 12th green — a shot he had worked on all week and used that one time — that rolled out to 4 feet for a birdie that turned back his only threat.

His only wild shot was on the 18th hole, sending his drive so far to the right that landed in the fairway of a hole that wasn’t being used at Ridgewood Country Club. He still had a good angle to the green, made par, and finished at 18-under 266.

The 24-year-old Californian won for the second time this year, both against some of the strongest fields. He moved to the top of the FedEx Cup standings and is virtually assured of being one of the top five seeds at the Tour Championship who have a clear shot at the $10 million bonus.

DeChambeau, who stayed on the practice range until it was dark Saturday night, came out firing with two straight birdies to stretch the lead to six shots. His only mistakes were a pair of three-putt bogeys on the front nine, the second one at No. 9 that reduced his lead to two shots over Aaron Wise.

But not for long.

Wise’s threat ended with a bogey on No. 16, about the time DeChambeau got up and down with that chip from just short of the reachable par-4 12th for birdie.

Billy Horschel (68) and Cameron Smith (69) tied for third.

LPGA — Brooke Henderson became the first Canadian to win the country’s national championship in 45 years, closing with a 7-under 65 for a four-stroke win in the CP Women’s Open in Regina, Saskatchewan.

The 20-year-old from Smiths Falls, Ontario, finished at 21-under 267, capping the emotional victory with a short birdie putt on the par-4 18th. She raised her arms and hugged her sister/caddie Brittany as father Dave ran onto the green and doused them with champagne.

‘‘This was like the first time ever that I’ve played my absolute best in front of the hometown crowd and on home soil,’’ Henderson said. ‘‘It’s just a great learning experience, and it has a really happy ending.’’

She finished in style on the par-4 18th, crushing a drive and hitting a 69-yard approach to 3 feet to set up a birdie.

‘‘Ten minutes from when I hit my second shot in on 18 to when I made that putt and when the celebrations all happened, those are the things that I’ll remember forever,’’ Henderson said. ‘‘To hit it to 3 feet like that and to know that I finally did it, to hear the crowd chant my name, sing ‘O Canada,’ to make that putt was awesome.’’

Jocelyne Bourassa is the only other Canadian to win the national championship, accomplishing the feat in 1973 at Montreal Municipal in the inaugural La Canadienne — the event that became the major du Maurier Classic, then the current non-major in 2001.

‘‘Winning this event, there’s tons of history,’’ Henderson said. ‘‘I was happy that I was able to break that long stretch without a Canadian winning on the LPGA Tour, and just to look at this trophy and read some of the names on it, it’s really incredible to be able to know that my name is going to be added there.’’

Henderson earned $337,500 for her second victory of the season and seventh of her LPGA Tour career, one short of Sandra Post’s record for Canadians.

Angel Yin was second after a 68. Jennifer Song (67) was six back at 15 under.

Minjee Lee (68), Amy Yang (68), Su Oh, and Austin Ernst tied for fourth at 14 under. Hataoka had a 72 to finish at 14 under with three-time champion Lydia Ko (69), top-ranked defending champion Sung Hyun Park (71), Anna Nordqvist (68), and Maria Torres (68).

US Senior Amateur — Frank Vana Jr. of Boxford shot a 2-over 74 on the second day of stroke play at Eugene (Ore.) Country Club and is tied for fourth, four shots back. Gregory Condon tied Jeff Wilson in stroke play at 5-under 139.

European — Andrea Pavan produced a strong finish in the Czech Masters with a 5-under 67 to rally for a two-stroke victory over Padraig Harrington for the Italian’s first European Tour title at Albatross Golf Resort near Prague. — Robert Streb regained full PGA Tour status with his playoff victory over Peter Malnati at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship in Columbus, Ohio in the opener of the Tour Finals.

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