OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. – A victory Sunday at Olympia Fields would put Bryson DeChambeau in some elite company.
DeChambeau, a 21-year-old senior at SMU, could join Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and Ryan Moore as the only players to win the NCAA Championship and U.S. Amateur in the same year.
DeChambeau won the NCAA title in June at Concession.
“To be in that group of players would be incredible,” he said after reaching the finals of the U.S. Amateur, where he will face Virginia junior Derek Bard. “I’m looking forward to the challenge, and hopefully I will rise to the challenge and do my best.”
The winner of the Amateur receives exemptions into three majors: the Masters, U.S. Open and Open Championship.
One of the country’s hottest prospects, DeChambeau admitted this week that he’s been tempted to make the jump to the pro game, especially after qualifying for the U.S. Open and playing in two other PGA Tour events.
When asked whether he would remain amateur to accept those invitations – even the runner-up receives a spot in the Masters and U.S. Open – DeChambeau didn’t hesitate.
“Absolutely,” he said.