Get to Know U.S. Amateur Champ Bryson DeChambeau

Monday August 24th, 2015
Bryson DeChambeau poses with the trophy after winning the 115th U.S. Amateur Championship golf match at Olympia Fields Country Club on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, in Olympia Fields, Ill. (AP Photo/Nam Y.
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Bryson DeChambeau won the U.S. Amateur in stunning fashion. Here are four things you should know about the talented youngster.

1. Bryson DeChambeau is just the fifth player to win both the U.S. Amateur and the NCAA individual title in the same year.

Jack Nicklaus (’61), Phil Mickelson (’90), Tiger Woods (’96) and Ryan Moore (’04) are the only other players to grab both titles in the same season. The 21-year-old will also make an appearance for Team USA at September's 2015 Walker Cup at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.

Bryson DeChambeau (R) reacts to chipping in on the eighth hole as Derek Bard (L) watches during the final match of the 2015 U.S. Amateur Championship.
Jeff Haynes

2. He majors in physics at SMU and applies his studies to his golf game.

According to Golf Channel, DeChambeau gives new meaning to the term student-athlete. He uses a green-reading system called Vector Putting that factors in a variety of stats, like green speed, green slope and the length of the putt; he cuts all of his irons to the same length (a 6-iron) to create a single-plane swing; and he uses a putter with torque balance to keep his stroke square.

Bryson DeChambeau studies his putt on the 17th hole during the final match of the 2015 U.S. Amateur.
Jeff Haynes

3. Known as a "cerebral golfer," he does his homework.

DeChambeau has been studying his swing since he was 15, citing Homer Kelly’s The Golfing Machine, which teachers a player to build his or her swing with 24 components and 144 variations. He also has one more year to assert his NCAA dominance as a senior at Southern Methodist University next year.

Bryson DeChambeau hits out of the sand trap on the seventh hole during the final match of the U.S. Amateur Championship.
Jeff Haynes

4. He is very, uh, deliberate about his game.

The afternoon 12 holes of Sunday’s final match between DeChambeau and finalist Derek Bard took almost three hours to complete. Such is the pace of perfection.

Bryson DeChambeau reacts to making a putt on the seventh hole during the final match of the 2015 U.S. Amateur Championship at Olympia Fields Country Club.
Jeff Haynes

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