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.
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.
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.
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.