POWELL, Ohio - Bryson DeChambeau qualified for the 2016 U.S. Open for a second time. This time it was a little bit easier.
The reigning U.S. Amateur champion gave up his spot at Oakmont when he turned professional, but he earned it back Monday with a blistering 7-under 63 at Wedgewood Golf and Country Club. He shot a 2-under 70 earlier in the morning at nearby Kinsale.
“I told my caddie I have to play really well here,” said DeChambeau after making eight birdies and one bogey in the afternoon. “Kept the pedal to the metal.”
In April, DeChambeau briefly contended at the Masters and earned low amateur honors. The following week, he made his pro debut at the RBC Heritage and finished T-4. But then he missed four straight cuts before breaking the streak last week at the Memorial (T-38).
“It’s just about having things go my way,” DeChambeau said. “And that’s what’s been happening the last four weeks. I’ve been practicing my butt off and nothing’s been happening. It’s just a factor of time, and that’s really, honestly, all it is.”
He also earned an extra bonus for qualifying. DeChambeau gets another chance to earn FedEx Cup points as he chases his PGA Tour card. Currently, he has 152 points and needs to clear two hurdles.
DeChambeau needs 361 points to earn special temporary membership. That would allow him to receive unlimited sponsor invites.
If he reaches 458 points or more, he will secure his PGA Tour card for the 2016-17 season.
DeChambeau still has four of his seven sponsor exemptions remaining. He got into the Memorial and the upcoming Quicken Loans National off his U.S. Am win, and his “champions choice” exemption into Colonial did not count against his seven invites.
“You just got to do your best, and I’ve been doing my best,” he said. “I just haven’t been getting some good breaks.”