SMU senior Bryson DeChambeau is closing in on history. On Saturday, DeChambeau was able to secure his spot in the U.S. Amateur final where he will take on Virginia junior Derek Bard.
DeChambeau and Bard each have earned spots in next year’s Masters and U.S. Open, but Sunday’s winner will also get a spot in the British Open. There sure is a lot at stake.
On top of the berth in another major championship, DeChambeau has an opportunity to join a very exclusive and impressive group with a win.
DeChambeau, the reigning NCAA champion in golf, would become only the fifth player to win the tournament and NCAA individual title in the same year.
The previous four players to do so? You may have heard their names before: Jack Nicklaus (1961), Phil Mickelson (1990), Tiger Woods (1996) and Ryan Moore (2004).
“To be in that group of players would be incredible, but I still have work to do,” DeChambeau said, via the Associated Press. “I’m just going to play my game.”
While DeChambeau is the favorite heading into the final, Bard appears to be up for the challenge.
“I’m the underdog,” Bard said about the title match. “Bryson has had an incredible career so far. It’s going to be tough. It really is. I told my dad, ‘I’m going to have to play my best golf to have a chance.'”
Regardless of how everything goes, it is going to be fun to watch.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to BRADENTON HERALD