DeChambeau eager to reach Tour after hectic year

September 14, 2016

Bryson DeChambeau didn’t have much time to reflect on the first victory of his fledgling professional career.

After claiming the DAP Championship in a playoff in Beachwood, Ohio, DeChambeau quickly headed west for this week’s Alberston’s Boise Open, the second leg of the Tour Finals. Next week, he’ll turn around and head back to the Buckeye State for another event.

But after an itinerary that has included stops this year in Abu Dhabi, Qatar and Switzerland, what’s a few more miles?

DeChambeau is officially heading to the PGA Tour next month, the culmination of globetrotting campaign that has seen plenty of ups and downs. The former NCAA and U.S. Amateur champ dazzled en route to low amateur honors at the Masters and a T-4 finish the following week in his professional debut, but shortly thereafter the results began to dry up. 

DeChambeau admitted that after missing the cut at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational, his fourth in a row, he began to ask himself some tough questions.

“That fourth missed cut, it was brutal. I was just like, ‘Man, what do I have to do?'” DeChambeau said Wednesday via phone. “I thought I was playing well, I thought I was doing the right things. But I had to re-evaluate things a bit.”

DeChambeau has always taken a hands-on approach to his equipment, but in retrospect he believes that tinkering with his clubs may have hampered his progress this summer.

“I didn’t recognize the transition period maybe as well as I should have,” he said. “I definitely changed three or four different times with different things in my bag. That’s not easy to do when you’re trying to get your card and play well on the PGA Tour with the best players out there.”

DeChambeau finally settled on a new driver last week during a practice session at home in Texas following another missed cut at the Omega European Masters. He put the club in play for his next event, and four days later he left Canterbury Golf Club with his Tour card assured.

“It’s been an up-and-down season, but I’ve finally started to settle down and get used to professional golf,” he said.

DeChambeau largely relied on sponsor exemptions to create his schedule this year, and he lamented the lack of stability such an opportunity offered. He’ll play out the remaining Finals events with an eye on the overall money title, a designation that would bring with it fully-exempt status next season and a spot in the 2017 Players Championship.

In the interim, he has already penciled in starts at the Safeway Open, Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and OHL Classic at Mayakoba this fall as he looks to put his newly-acquired status to quick use.

“Now that I do have a card, it’s going to be nice to make a schedule,” he said. “I’m a guy that loves to play golf. I love to test my game against the best players in the world.”

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