A new year has brought some clarity to Bryson DeChambeau’s immediate plans.
The 22-year-old phenom, who last year became only the fifth player to win the NCAAs and U.S. Amateur in the same year, has signed with The Legacy Agency for representation. Per the USGA’s amateur status rules, DeChambeau is allowed to sign with an agent but cannot accept money from an agency, equipment company or tournament until he turns pro, which is likely after the Masters. DeChambeau is meeting with TaylorMade, Callaway and Cobra Puma next week in Southern California.
As for his upcoming schedule, DeChambeau will play at least two events during the European Tour’s desert swing (Jan. 21-24 in Abu Dhabi and Feb. 4-7 in Dubai), and his team is hoping to secure a third start, in Qatar (Jan. 27-30), as well.
Adding Qatar would give DeChambeau upwards of 12 starts this year – the European Tour appearances and the maximum seven sponsor exemptions allowed to non-members on the PGA Tour, plus invitations into the Memorial and Quicken Loans National by virtue of his victory at the U.S. Amateur.
DeChambeau left SMU last fall after his team was banned from postseason play because of recruiting and ethical violations under former coach Josh Gregory, and his situation is unique for a top amateur. Consider the case of No. 1-ranked amateur Jon Rahm of Arizona State, who is expected to turn pro after the U.S. Open and will have to play six events in nine weeks to try and gain status for 2017.
“It’s the best of all worlds right now to get his PGA Tour card,” said The Legacy Agency's Brett Falkoff, who is leading the team that is working with DeChambeau. “Bryson can pick and choose where he wants to play.”