Though countless pros will tee it up at the Masters next week, one amateur will definitely get plenty of attention.
Bryson Dechambeau, 2015 NCAA Champion and U.S. Amateur Champion will play his final event as an amateur at the 2016 Masters. DeChambeau played multiple events on the European tour earlier this season and recently played to a T27 finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.
Directly after the Masters, he’ll play the RBC Heritage Classic in his first professional event. What can we expect from the 22-year-old? The top 100 teachers hold lofty expectations for him.
38% of the teachers polled said Dechambeau would have a top 5 finish in 2016. The same number expect a top 10 finish, and 11% voted they expect him to win. We’ll have to wait to find out.
As many players on Tour are playing this week at the Shell Houston Open, many others are taking a break. There is no positive trend on Tour, but for the average amateur, the top 100 teachers think playing in a tournament directly prior to a bigger event is a good thing.
With staying sharp in mind, 64% of teachers think playing a tournament would be the best idea. “Play the week before and stay sharp,” says Glenn Deck from Pelican Hill. “Focus on playing the game instead of the mechanics.”
The top 100 teachers offered another tip for the average amateur. When faced with a decent lie from the rough just off the green, it seems there’s only one club a bogey-golfer should have in mind: the 56-degree wedge. 60% of the top 100 teachers polled think that would be the best club to hit. 17% agree that pitching wedge would be a better option.
“Sidehill or downhill to the pin,” says Carol Preisinger from Kiawah Island. “Use 56 for more spin and control.”