The biggest star in SMU golf since Payne Stewart will be making waves again this weekend.
Paired alongside arguably the brightest star in the PGA, Jordan Spieth, NCAA Individual Naional Champion and last year’s U.S. Amateur champion Bryson DeChambeau is preparing to take on The Masters in Augusta, Georgia.
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AUGUSTA, Ga. – Former SMU men’s golfer Bryson DeChambeau will play in The Masters, April 7-10, at the historic Augusta National Golf Club. DeChambeau, the No. 3-ranked amateur in the world, becomes the fifth SMU alumnus to drive down Magnolia Lane and play in the prestigious tournament.
The Clovis, Calif., native received his invitation after winning the U.S. Amateur in August 2015. DeChambeau is one of six amateurs to compete in this year’s event.
DeChambeau joined an elite class when he became only the fifth player ever to win both the NCAA title and the U.S. Amateur in the same year. With a 7-and-6 decision over Virginia’s Derek Bard, he joined Jack Nicklaus (1961), Phil Mickelson (1990), Tiger Woods (1996) and Ryan Moore (2004) as the only players in history to accomplish the feat.
DeChambeau will be the fifth Mustang to play at Augusta, joining SMU greats Payne Stewart (1983-90, 92-96, 1999), DeWitt Weaver (1972-73), Hank Kuehne (1999) and Kelly Kraft (2012).
In the season he dubs “The Internship”, DeChambeau has competed in five events in preparation for The Masters. The season has been highlighted by two top-20 finishes, including a tie for second at the Australian Masters.
During his three-year tenure at SMU, DeChambeau played in 35 events and garnered three victories. To close out his junior year, DeChambeau became the first NCAA individual champion in SMU men’s golf history. The junior bettered Washington’s Cheng-Tsung Pan by one stroke to become the first SMU individual champion in any sport since women’s swimmer Flavia Rigamonti won the 1,650-freestyle national title in 2005.
After his junior year, DeChambeau received first-team All-America and American Athletic Conference Golfer of the Year accolades, while also being named the Arnold Palmer Award winner and earning spots on the All-Nicklaus and All-American Athletic Conference teams. He was also named to the Walker Cup, where he finished 2-0-1 as a member of the U.S. team. DeChambeau was the only American to not lose a match in the prestigious amateur tournament.
His sophomore year was highlighted by second-team All-America and first-team All-AAC Team honors, and he was named first-team All-Conference USA and the Conference USA Freshman of the Year during his first collegiate season. He was named to the All-Region team in each of his three seasons.
The former Mustang will be paired with Jordan Spieth and Paul Casey in the opening rounds of the 80th Masters and will tee off at 9:48 a.m. ET/8:48 CT. Viewers can watch the event on CBS or CBSSports, while finding live scores, updates and videos on Masters.com.