Name:Bryson James Aldrich DeChambeau
Born:Sept 16, 1993 in Modesto, California.
Original/Home Club:Clovis East H.S.
MAJORS (1): US Open (2020). US Amateur champion (2015). Ryder Cup player (2018, '21). Presidents Cup player (2019). Walker Cup player (2015). Multiple PGA Tour winner.
It's perhaps no surprise to discover that DeChambeau majored in physics at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. His thorough and "scientific" analysis of the golf swing resulted in some "revolutionary" thinking about the mechanics of his swing ... much of which is now applied to his own game ... with very few other professionals following his lead. Clubs all cut to the same length, and all with the same lie and bounce, is one hallmark of the DeChambeau approach to golf. Another is not cocking his wrists, but keeping every swing on the same plane throughout the swing. And another is the use of super-Jumbo grips, which allows him to keep the grip in his palm rather than fingers.
All this "appliance of science", and plenty of natural ability, allowed DeChambeau to win the top prize in US men's collegiate golf in 2015 (the NCAA indvidual championship) and in the same year the coveted US Amateur Championship ... both these titles in the same year had only previously been achieved by Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and Ryan Moore.
Turning professional in April 2016, DeChambeau tied for fourth place in his first ever professional event (the PGA Tour's Heritage tournament at Harbour Town) and pocketed £259,000 for his efforts. Later that year he gained his full 2017 PGA Tour card with a win on the second-tier Web.com Tour. One PGA Tour win in 2017 (John Deere Classic) was followed by three huge wins in 2018, prior to taking his place on the USA Ryder Cup team ... just over two years after turning pro!
De Chambeau enjoyed notable victories on the PGA Tour (8) and European Tour (2) before being enticed onto Greg Norman's "rebel" LIV Golf series in 2022 (aged 28). He joined the breakaway "tour" alongside several well-known but mainly "ageing" golf stars, and an abundance of lower-ranked "unknowns". (LIV Golf is a Saudi Arabian-bankrolled breakaway rival to the main international tours. It is based on limited-field 54-hole events, with massive prize funds, guaranteed payouts and, for some, eye-watering signing-on bonuses).
Played as the inaugural LIV Golf Greenbrier (Aug 4-6; 54-hole 48-player no-cut individual event, and accompanying 4-player team event). [Old White TPC course, Greenbrier GC, White Sulphur Springs, WV]. Individual event: Second-placed Mito Pereira (Chile) finished 6 shots behind Bryson DeChambeau (USA), who pocketed the $4 million first prize. On the par-70 Old White TPC course, DeChambeau shot 61 (-9) in his second round and 58 (-12) in the third.
Team event: second-placed Crushers team (Bryson DeChambeau, Anirban Lahiri, Paul Casey & Charles Howell III) finished 1 shot behind the Torque team (Joaquín Niemann, Sebastián Muñoz, Mito Pereira & David Puig), who shared the $3 million team first prize.
Note: the tenth of fourteen 2023 LIV Golf League events run by Greg Norman's Saudi Arabian-bankrolled LIV Golf company.
Played as LIV Golf Chicago (Sept 22-24; 54-hole 48-player no-cut individual event, and accompanying 4-player team event). [Rich Harvest Farms, Sugar Grove, nr Chicago, Illinois].
Individual event: second-placed Marc Leishman (Aus) and Anirban Lahiri (India) finished 1 shot behind Bryson DeChambeau (USA), who took away the $4 million first prize.
Team event: second-placed Fireballs team (-30; Sergio Garcia, Abraham Ancer, Eugenio Chacarra & Carlos Ortiz) finished 3 shots behind the Crushers team (-33; Bryson DeChambeau, Anirban Lahiri, Paul Casey & Charles Howell III), who shared the $3 million team first prize.
Note: the twelth of fourteen 2023 LIV Golf League events run by Greg Norman's Saudi Arabian-bankrolled LIV Golf company.
Played as the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard (March 4-7). Second-placed Lee Westwood (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Bryson DeChambeau (USA). [Bay Hill Club, Orlando, FL].
The US Open (120th) (Sept 17-20; postponed from June 18-21 due to world coronavirus pandemic). Second-placed Matthew Wolff (USA), playing in his first major championship, finished 6 shots behind 27-year-old Bryson DeChambeau (USA), who recorded his first major championship win. DeChambeau was the only player to finish under par. [West course, Winged Foot GC, Mamaroneck, NY].
Played as the Rocket Mortgage Classic (Jul 2-5; postponed from May 28-31 due to world coronavirus pandemic). Second-placed Matthew Wolff (USA) finished 3 shots behind Bryson DeChambeau (USA). [Detriot GC, Detroit, Mich.].
Played as the Omega Dubai Desert Classic (Jan 24-27; European Tour event). Second-placed Matt Wallace (Eng) finished 7 shots behind 25-year-old Bryson DeChambeau (USA), who recorded his first European Tour win with a tournament record 264 (-24). [Majlis course, Emirates GC, Dubai, UAE].
Played as the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open (Nov 1-4; PGA Tour 2018/19 season). Second-placed and defending champion Patrick Cantlay (USA) finished 1 shot behind DeChambeau (USA), who recorded his fourth win in his last 12 starts on the PGA Tour. [TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas, Nev.].
Played as The Northern Trust (Aug 23-26; first of four FedExCup playoff events). Second-placed Tony Finau (USA) finished 4 shots behind DeChambeau (USA), who recorded his second PGA Tour win of 2018. [Ridgewood CC, Paramus, New Jersey].
Played as the Dell Technologies Championship (Aug 31-Sept 3; second of four FedExCup playoff events). Second-placed Justin Rose (Eng) finished 2 shots behind Bryson DeChambeau (USA), who recorded back-to-back wins in the season's first two FedEx Cup playoff events. [TPC Boston, Norton, Mass.].
Played as The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide (May 31-Jun 3). DeChambeau (USA) beat An Byeong-hun (S Kor) with a birdie at the second playoff hole (par-4 18th) to win his second PGA Tour title. Kyle Stanley (USA) was eliminated at the first playoff hole. [Muirfield Village GC, Dublin, nr Columbus, OH].
Played as the John Deere Classic (July 13-16). Second-placed Patrick Rodgers (USA) finished 1 shot behind 23-year-old DeChambeau (USA), who recorded his first PGA Tour win. [TPC Deere Run, Silvis, IL].
The US Amateur Championship (115th) (Aug 17-23). Bryson DeChambeau (USA, Calif) beat Derek Bard (USA, NY) by 7 and 6 in the 36-hole final, to claim victory and the Havemeyer Trophy. DeChambeau also won the 2015 NCAA title. [North course, Olympia Fields CC, nr Chicago, IL].
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