The American slowed down seven-seven on Sunday to finish with three shots off compatriot Matthew Wolff and record a seventh consecutive top-10 final on the Tour.
“It’s a little emotional for me because I did something a little different; I changed my body, I changed my mindset in the game and I was able to get a win while playing a completely different style of golf,” DeChambeau told journalists.
“It’s pretty amazing to see it and I hope it’s an inspiration to a lot of people who, if they think about it, can get it.”
Outside the game, DeChambeau’s play was scored by long, powerful impulses, averaging more than 350 yards per two measured holes.
He advanced by three shots ahead of the fourth round, but closing 65 – the lowest of the weekend – saw him jump to Wolff on the final day.
The event at the Detroit Golf Club was held behind closed doors for the fourth time since the PGA Tour resumed in June.
DeChambeau’s victory was marked by a warm exchange of words with a chamberlain on Saturday as he played a wrong shot from the bunker into the seventh hole.
After the round, DeChambeau wondered why the chambermaid “was literally looking all the way up” until the next exit, which he said “hurt (his) image.”
On Sunday, he said of the incident: “Respect everyone, I think people took the wrong path and I’m sorry they did.
“I just want to offer the best entertainment here. I just found it a little weird a minute for them to make me video. But we talked about it and there were no problems, no problems.”
The victory in Detroit was DeChambeau’s first since 2018.
Time will tell if this renewed game will get rewards for seniors, where its best result so far is a 15th-place tie at the 2016 U.S. Open.
While the Open was canceled amid the coronavirus outbreak, the first big one of the year is scheduled to be the postponed PGA Championship in San Francisco on August 6th.