DeChambeau to play Euro Tour's Dubai Desert Classic


Amateur Bryson DeChambeau will play the European Tour's Dubai Desert Classic on a sponsor exemption, it was announced Tuesday.

It will be the fourth pro start in the past few months for DeChambeau, who left SMU this fall after his team was banned from postseason play because of violations under former head coach Josh Gregory. 

Exempt into the year’s first three majors by virtue of his U.S. Amateur victory, DeChambeau, 22, is expected to turn pro after the Masters. He is the fifth player in history to win the U.S. Am and NCAA individual title in the same year. 

The Dubai event is Feb. 4-7, which gives DeChambeau two full months to prepare for Augusta. He also made starts at the Argentina Open (MC), Australian Masters (T-2) and Australian Open (T-30) this fall.

“It will be my first visit to Dubai,” he said in a release, “but I have heard many good things about the city from fellow players and know the tournament attracts a very strong field each year.”

Rory McIlroy is the defending champion.