OLYMPIA FIELDS, ILLINOIS | Southern Methodist University senior Bryson DeChambeau won the U.S. Amateur on Sunday, becoming the fifth player to win the Amateur and the NCAA Championship in the same year with a 7-and-6 decision against University of Virginia’s Derek Bard in the scheduled 36-hole final over the North Course at Olympia Fields Country Club.
The 2015 United States Walker Cup Team member, who took NCAA individual honors at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla., in June, joins Jack Nicklaus (1961), Phil Mickelson (1990), Tiger Woods (1996) and Ryan Moore (2004) in winning the prestigious double in the same year.
“I think the turning point really is he when airmails the green on (No.) 8 and flops it in,” said Bard, 20, of New Hartford, N.Y. “You have to pull off shots like that if you want to win a championship like this. It’s one of those signature shots. He hit a perfect shot up there and it tumbled in. From that point on, he really took control.”
DeChambeau, 21, of Clovis, Calif., followed that pitch-in with a win on the 10th hole to square the match. He then took Nos. 14, 15 and 16 (14 with a birdie) for a 3-up lead. He double-bogeyed the 18th and held a 2-up lead through the lunch break.