It is great to be Bryson DeChambeau. On Sunday night, the SMU senior was able to beat Virginia junior Derek Bard 7 and 6 in the U.S. Amateur Final at Olympia Fields.
With his win, DeChambeau becomes only the fifth person in history to win the U.S. Amateur and NCAA individual title in the same year.
DeChambeau’s achievement includes an elite group of company, with the four others to sweep the NCAA and U.S. Amateur being a star-studded list that includes Jack Nicklaus (1961), Phil Mickelson (1990), Tiger Woods (1996) and Ryan Moore (2004).
DeChambeau was even able to accomplish history with a replacement caddie, Brooke Price, a former SMU teammate. His regular caddie, Mike Schy, was dealing with foot issues and had to be replaced.
Despite the odd circumstances that could have served as a distraction, DeChambeau showed great poise on his way to victory.
With the win, DeChambeau has now earned his spot in next year’s Masters, U.S. Open and British Open.
“I can’t believe what I just did,” DeChambeau said, via ESPN.com. “I’m in golf history. I don’t understand it yet. It’s an honor to be in that field.”
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