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Bryson James Aldrich DeChambeau (born September 16, 1993) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour. In 2015, he became the fifth player in history to win both the NCAA Division I championship and the U.S. Amateur in the same year.[1]

Bryson DeChambeau
Personal information
Full nameBryson James Aldrich DeChambeau
NicknameThe Scientist
Born (1993-09-16) September 16, 1993 (age 25)
Modesto, California
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceDallas, Texas
Career
CollegeSMU
Turned professional2016
Current tour(s)PGA Tour
European Tour
Professional wins7
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour5
European Tour1
Korn Ferry Tour1
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT21: 2016
PGA ChampionshipT33: 2017
U.S. OpenT15: 2016
The Open ChampionshipT51: 2018

Contents

Amateur careerEdit

Born in Modesto, California, to John Howard Aldrich DeChambeau and Janet Louise Druffel, DeChambeau moved to Clovis, east of Fresno, at age seven. He attended Clovis East High School and won the California State Junior Championship at age 16 in 2010. DeChambeau graduated in 2012 and accepted a scholarship to Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, majoring in physics.

In June 2015, he became the first SMU Mustang to win the NCAA individual championship, recording a score of 280 (−8) to win by one stroke.[2] In August, he won the U.S. Amateur title, defeating Derek Bard 7 & 6 in the 36-hole final. He became the fifth player to win both the NCAA and U.S. Amateur titles in the same year, joining Jack Nicklaus (1961), Phil Mickelson (1990), Tiger Woods (1996), and Ryan Moore (2004).[1]

DeChambeau made his PGA Tour debut as an amateur in June 2015 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic near Memphis, Tennessee, and finished in 45th place. He played in his first major championship at the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, but missed the cut by four strokes.[3] DeChambeau was unable to defend his NCAA title in 2016 after the SMU athletic department was handed a postseason ban by the NCAA.[4] He decided to forgo his senior season to play in a number of events before turning professional.[5] At the 2015 Australian Masters in November, DeChambeau was runner-up with John Senden and Andrew Evans, two shots behind the winner Peter Senior.[6] He was the low amateur at the Masters in 2016 and tied for 21st place.[7]

Professional careerEdit

Immediately after the Masters in mid-April 2016, DeChambeau turned professional and signed a long-term agreement with Cobra-Puma Golf.[8] He made his pro debut days later at the RBC Heritage in South Carolina and tied for fourth, earning over $259,000.[9][10] The decision to turn professional meant the forfeiture of his exemptions to the U.S. Open at Oakmont and Open Championship at Royal Troon; he qualified his way into the U.S. Open, tied for fifteenth place for over $152,000,[11] and improved his world ranking to 148.

Despite the strong start, DeChambeau did not initially earn enough to qualify for a PGA Tour card, but had enough to earn entry into the Web.com Tour Finals. His first professional win was the DAP Championship which also earned him a PGA Tour Card for the 2017 PGA Tour.[12][13]

On July 16, 2017, DeChambeau earned his first PGA Tour victory by winning the John Deere Classic by a single stroke over Patrick Rodgers. He carded a round of 65 in the final round to win his maiden title in his 40th start on tour. The win coming the week before, gained DeChambeau a place in the 2017 Open Championship, where he missed the cut after rounds of 76–77 (+13).

In 2017, U.S. President Donald J. Trump gave brand-new golf clubs and a golf bag to Dechambeau.[14]

On June 3, 2018, DeChambeau won the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio, in a sudden-death playoff against Kyle Stanley and An Byeong-hun, after the three finished regulation play tied at −15. After Stanley bogeyed the first hole of sudden death, DeChambeau then proceeded to win with a birdie on the second hole, giving him his second win on the tour.[15]

On August 26, 2018, he won The Northern Trust for his first playoff victory; in the process, he established a new record for the tournament when held at the Ridgewood Country Club, with a score of 266, besting the old Ridgewood record of 270, which was set in 2014 by Hunter Mahan.[16] The following week, he won at the Dell Technologies Championship played at TPC Boston in Norton, Massachusetts, with a final score of −16, two shots clear of Justin Rose. This put him over 2000 points ahead of the second place player, Dustin Johnson, in the FedEx Cup rankings. This margin secured him top seeding at The Tour Championship, regardless of his finish at the BMW Championship. This also marked his fourth win on tour, third for the year, and second during the playoffs.[17] At the Tour Championship, DeChambeau finished 19th out of 30 participants. As a result, he fell to 3rd in the FedEx Cup, winning $2,000,000.[18]

In September 2018, DeChambeau was named as a captain's pick by Jim Furyk for the United States team participating in the 2018 Ryder Cup. Europe defeated the U.S. team by 17½ points to 10½. DeChambeau went 0–3–0. He lost his singles match against Alex Norén.[19]

On November 4, 2018, DeChambeau won the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas, Nevada. The win was worth $1,260,000.[20] The win brought him to number 5 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

On January 27, 2019, DeChambeau won the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in Dubai, UAE. DeChambeau claimed his maiden European Tour title by producing a closing 64 to win the tournament by seven shots.[21]

Unique clubsEdit

All of DeChambeau's irons and wedges[22] are cut to exactly the same length: 37.5 inches (95.3 cm). Their lie and bounce angle are also the same; only the lofts are different. In addition to the single-length concept, his clubs are unusual for their extremely upright lie angle. [23] DeChambeau keeps the club on the same plane throughout his swing and does not turn his wrists during his swing.[24] In 2011, at the suggestion of his instructor Mike Schy, DeChambeau switched to JumboMax Grips, the largest grips commercially available. The larger grips allow DeChambeau to hold the grips in his palms and not his fingers.

Amateur winsEdit

Source:[25]

Professional wins (7)Edit

PGA Tour wins (5)Edit

Legend
FedEx Cup playoff event (2)
Other PGA Tour events (3)
No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Jul 16, 2017 John Deere Classic 66-65-70-65=266 −18 1 stroke   Patrick Rodgers
2 Jun 3, 2018 Memorial Tournament 69-67-66-71=273 −15 Playoff   An Byeong-hun,   Kyle Stanley
3 Aug 26, 2018 The Northern Trust 68-66-63-69=266 −18 4 strokes   Tony Finau
4 Sep 3, 2018 Dell Technologies Championship 70-68-63-67=268 −16 2 strokes   Justin Rose
5 Nov 4, 2018 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open 66-66-65-66=263 −21 1 stroke   Patrick Cantlay

PGA Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 2018 Memorial Tournament   An Byeong-hun,   Kyle Stanley Won with birdie on second extra hole
Stanley eliminated with bogey on first hole

European Tour wins (1)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 Jan 27, 2019 Omega Dubai Desert Classic −24 (66-66-68-64=264) 7 strokes   Matt Wallace

Web.com Tour wins (1)Edit

Legend
Web.com Tour Finals event (1)
No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runners-up
1 Sep 11, 2016 DAP Championship 64-70-68-71=273 −7 Playoff   Julián Etulain,   Andres Gonzales,
  Nicholas Lindheim

Web.com Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 2016 DAP Championship   Julián Etulain,   Andres Gonzales,
  Nicholas Lindheim
Won with par on second extra hole
Etulain and Lindheim eliminated with birdie on first hole

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 2015 2016 2017 2018
Masters Tournament T21LA T38
U.S. Open CUT T15 CUT T25
The Open Championship CUT T51
PGA Championship T33 CUT
Tournament 2019
Masters Tournament T29
PGA Championship CUT
U.S. Open T35
The Open Championship CUT
  Did not play

LA = Low amateur
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied

SummaryEdit

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 3
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 3
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
Totals 0 0 0 0 0 3 14 8
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 4 (2017 PGA – 2018 Open)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 0

Results in World Golf ChampionshipsEdit

Tournament 2017 2018 2019
Mexico Championship T56
Dell Technologies Match Play T40
FedEx St. Jude Invitational T60 30 T48
HSBC Champions
  Did not play

"T" = Tied

U.S. national team appearancesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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