DUBLIN, Ohio – Bryson DeChambeau was one of about two dozen players who were fitted for a U.S. Ryder Cup team uniform this week at the Memorial, which is typical for potential players.
Thanks to his overtime victory over Byeong Hun An and Kyle Stanley on Sunday at Muirfield Village, DeChambeau took a giant step toward assuring himself a locker full of Team USA gear later this year in Paris.
“A little motivation,” said DeChambeau when asked about this week’s fitting. “Going in there and seeing all the clothes on you going, man, this could happen, let's go get it done.”
DeChambeau’s victory moved him from 13th to eighth on the U.S. points list, just ahead of Phil Mickelson.
Although he’s never played on a U.S. team as a professional, DeChambeau did represent the red, white and blue in the Walker Cup and Palmer Cup as an amateur.
“Every single time it was the coolest experience to be able to go represent your country and be at the forefront of that,” DeChambeau said. “To make the Ryder Cup is obviously No. 1 on my priority, if I don't do anything else this year. This is obviously pretty solid too, but I will say that to be able to represent your country would be a tremendous honor.”
Although DeChambeau’s victory moved him into the top 8 automatic qualifiers, the teams won’t be finalized until Aug. 12 and there are still three major championships remaining, which will create plenty of volatility before the teams are set.