SMU's DeChambeau to determine future this week


SMU senior Bryson DeChambeau is expected to determine his immediate playing future later this week.

The 22-year-old’s senior season was turned upside down last week when the NCAA sanctioned the SMU men’s golf program for multiple recruiting and ethical violations under former coach Josh Gregory. Included in those penalties was a postseason ban for this season and scholarship reductions for the next three years. SMU is still deciding whether to appeal the sanctions. 

DeChambeau, who two months ago became only the fifth player to win the NCAA Championship and U.S. Amateur in the same season, is meeting with his advisers Saturday in Dallas.

“Bryson will decide this weekend his course of action for the next few months,” SMU coach Jason Enloe said Tuesday. “Right now he is allowing other team members to play in his spot to gain experience.”

With DeChambeau unable to defend his title next spring in Eugene, Ore., it seems likely that he has played his final event for the Mustangs. Enloe said DeChambeau hopes to play as a non-counting individual in SMU’s fall finale, the Oct. 26-27 Royal Oaks Intercollegiate in Dallas.

DeChambeau is exempt into the first three majors next year by virtue of his victory at the U.S. Amateur. He will likely turn pro after the Masters and receive the seven sponsor exemptions that are allowed to non-PGA Tour members.  

DeChambeau, who tied for 13th in his only college start this season, is not in the lineup this week at the Erin Hills Intercollegiate. SMU leads by four shots after two rounds against a field that includes Oklahoma State and UCLA.