As a golfer, you will have definitely stumbled upon the name Bryson DeChambeau in recent years. Known for his Puma flat cap and his one length irons, DeChambeau, often referred to as The Scientist or The Mad Scientist, is renowned for his analytical and scientific approach to the game. He has one of the most unorthodox swings. It is not very pleasing to watch but man he can really drive the ball far.

The Beginning 

Young Bryson DeChambeau The Zealot
Source: Golf Digest

Bryson James Aldrich DeChambeau was born in Modesto, California on 16 September, 1993. At age 16, he won the California State Junior Championship. DeChambeau graduated in 2012 and accepted a scholarship to Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, majoring in Physics. 

In June 2015, DeChambeau won the NCAA individual championship by one stroke and became the first SMU Mustang to win it. Later in August, he also won the U.S. Amateur title. He is the fifth player to win both the NCAA and U.S. Amateur titles in the same year alongside greats like Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, and Ryan Moore. 

Bryson DeChambeau’s Career

Amateur Career

2016 Abu Dhabi Hot Start Bryson DeChambeau
Source: Pro Golf Now

In June 2015 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, The Scientist made his PGA Tour debut as an amateur and finished 45th at the event. Furthermore, he played his first major championship in the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, unfortunately missing the cut by four strokes. DeChambeau decided to forgo his senior season to play in a number of events before turning professional. At the 2015 Australian Masters in November, he was runner up with two shots behind the winner. Dechambeau was the low amateur at the Masters in 2016 and he tied for 21st place. 

Professional Career

Puma Golf Red Bull Bryson DeChambeau
Source: RedBull

DeChambeau immediately turned professional after the Masters in 2016. He signed a long-term agreement with CobraPuma Golf. Only a couple days later, he made his pro debut at the RBC Heritage in South Carolina where he tied for fourth. Despite the strong start DeChambeau had, he did not earn enough non-member FedEx Cup points that season to qualify for a 2017 PGA Tour card. He however, did qualify for the Tour Finals. Fortunately, DeChambeau was successful at earning his card through the Finals, thanks to a win at the DAP Championship. 

In July 2017, DeChambeau managed to earn his first PGA Tour victory at the John Deere Classic by the slightest margins at one stroke over Patrick Rodgers. The win helped DeChambeau achieve a place in the 2017 Open Championship. However, he missed the cut after 2 rounds where he was 13 over par. 

John Deere Classic Winner 2017
Source: Pro Golf Now

DeChambeau had a great year in 2018. He had a few victories during the year and following his win at the Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston, he was top of the FedEx Cup rankings with 2000 points ahead of second place player Dustin Johnson. This secured him top seeding at The Tour Championship. At the Tour Championship, DeChambeau finished 19th out of the 30 participants. As a result, he dropped in the FedEx Cup rankings to 3rd, winning $2 million. 

The same year, The Scientist was named as a captain’s pick by Jim Furyk for the United States team in the 2018 Ryder Cup. Unfortunately, the Europe team bested them. DeChambeau went 0-3-0. He lost his singles match against Alex Norén. In late 2018, DeChambeau won the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas where he won $1,260,000 in prize money. This win soared DeChambeau to number five in the Official World Golf Rankings. Early in 2019, in January, DeChambeau won the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in Dubai and claimed his first European Tour title. 

The Transformation To The Modern, Bulky Bryson DeChambeau 

Bryson DeChambeau Bulking
Source: Business Wire

In late 2019, The Scientist set out to add muscle mass in order to increase his swing speed to hit the ball farther. He added 20 pounds before the tour’s break due to the Covid-19 pandemic and another 20 pounds during the break. When the tour resumed, he quickly moved to the lead in driving distance. 

First Major Championship

2020 U.S. Open Winner
Source: Times Of India

Up till 2020, DeChambeau has proven that he was amongst the elite golfers with multiple wins and in August 2020, Dechambeau briefly held a share of the lead during the final round of the PGA Championship however fell short and went on to finish in a tie for fourth. This was his first top-10 finish in a major championship. 

Six weeks later, at the 120th U.S. Open at Winged Foot, DeChambeau secured his first ever major championship. He won with a convincing six stroke victory over Matthew Wolff. DeChambeau was the only player who went under par in the final round, with a three under par. Furthermore, he was also the only player to finish under par for the tournament. With the win in the U.S. Open, DeChambeau became the third player in history, after Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, to win the NCAA Individual Championship, The U.S. Amateur and the U.S. Open during a career. In addition to the win, DeChambeau moved to number five in the Official World Golf Ranking, matching his previous best. 

Bryson DeChambeau Career Wins

2021 Arnold Palmer Invitational Winner
Source: CBS Sport

Bryson DeChambeau’s career is only at its beginning. So far he has already bagged 10 professional wins with 8 on the PGA Tour and 2 on the European Tour.

Amateur Wins

Major Championship Wins

PGA Tour Wins

European Tour Wins Tour Wins 

Bryson DeChambeau The Scientist

Bryson DeChambeau swing
Source: Golf Digest

DeChambeau is one of the most unique golfers on the planet. His unorthodox swing is known also as the one plane swing. He focuses on keeping the factors constant. This way there are not many elements in the swing that can cause errors. This is how he manages to be consistent in his swing. His swing hasn’t changed much but he has been bulking in order for him to increase his swing speed. 

The importance of strength and fitness training is crucial for DeChambeau. He isn’t just bulking up, he is bulking up with flexibility. Increased strength and flexibility equal more stability, which leads to better striking. Finally if you are hitting the ball more squarely, distance will improve via a better ‘smash factor’.

Another unique thing about Bryson is the set of irons he uses. DeChambeau’s irons are all the same length. This way there will be less changes when he switches from a 4 iron to a 9 iron, only the loft is different. Moreover, he uses jumbo max grips which are much thicker than standard grips.

Bryson DeChambeau Arm Lock Putting
Source: National Club Golfer

Moreover, his putter is longer than most golfers as he uses the arm lock method while putting. Although the arm lock method is not the newest idea, it is one that has turned decent putters into great putters. A proven method used by DeChambeau, Webb Simpson, Matt Kuchar and Keegan Bradley. It works by resting the elongated putter shaft against the lead arm and thus securing the lead wrist. Players will control the putter’s arc with the bigger muscles. DeChambeau has been improving on Tour in Strokes Gained and he was 10th last season and is currently placed 5th. 

Summary Of Bryson Dechambeau

The Scientist Bryson DeChambeau will no doubt continue to innovate and educate the world about his knowledge in golf. The unorthodox methods do make sense and he is proving that it works perfectly well for him. His career is only beginning and there is definitely much to look forward to for DeChambeau. 

Another talented young player to look out for is Jordan Spieth. He is playing phenomenally this year and is making a comeback to the top. Read more about Jordan Spieth here. 

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