Pro-golfer Bryson DeChambeau is a well-decorated that started breaking barriers at an impressively young age.
Bryson DeChambeau grew up in sunny Modesto, California with his parents Jan and John DeChambeau. At age seven, DeChambeau moved with his family to nearby Clovis, California. While the two small cities may not boast as many attractions as, say, Los Angeles or San Francisco, they are both known for their host of nature trails, parks, and other outdoor activities.
With such a nature-driven culture, it comes as no surprise, then, that Bryson DeChambeau ventured into the world of golf.
His Early Years
Bryson DeChambeau was first introduced to the game of golf by his father John DeChambeau, who was a talented player in his own right.
In the late 80s and early 90s, John played at several PGA Tour events.
After his playing years were over, Bryson’s father then went on to make his living in the golf business.
He worked at golf clubs and a golf-related social media company called Verishot, as well as a minor league baseball team.
His dad’s talents and interest in the game pushed Bryson to start young.
While a student at Clovis East High School, Bryson DeChambeau won the California State Junior Championship. He was just 16 years old.
DeChambeau then moved on to become a student at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
While studying physics, DeChambeau became the first SMU student to win the NCAA individual championship.
He then went on to win the U.S. Amateur title, becoming the fifth athlete to win both titles within a 1-year span.
According to golf experts, DeChambeau’s true rise to fame came in 2018, when he won the Memorial Tournament that June.
On top of these already historic wins, DeChambeau also broke records as the third player in history to become a triple threat as the winner of an NCAA individual title, a U.S. Amateur title and a U.S. Open in 2020.
He did so behind greats Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.
He was also just the second player in history to be the sole athlete “under par” in a U.S. Open– again, only being beat to the punch by the infamous Tiger Woods.
The Mad Scientist At Work
With his combination of unique golfing strategy and scientific interests, he’s been dubbed nicknames like the ‘Golfing Scientist’ and ‘Mad Scientist’ within the golfing community.
He has always been known for his ‘eccentric’ personality, making his matches highly entertaining for fans and fellow players.
He is known for being quite investigative and methodical in his approach to the game. With his physics background, Bryson looks to test and prove the best ways of shooting a low score with the scientific method.
He has told the press that his secret is keeping his swing simple– without getting too fancy, DeChambeau is able to create a consistency to his moves, and his success rate.
The athlete has also taken an untraditional approach to his training. Within the span of just three months, he was able to bulk up an extra 20 pounds in muscle weight.
With that, DeChambeau’s methods both in the gym and at the tee are claimed to have ‘reinvented’ the game of golf.
DeChambeau has increased the distance he’s able to hit the ball to, and how fast he’s able to do it. The results have astonished the golfing world.
Hitting Some Hurdles On The Field
His thirst for success and unique approach to the game has caused a stir in a sport known for its traditionalism and stringent rule-following, however.
ESPN has made headlines detailing DeChambeau’s reactions on the field when his aim for consistency has spun out of control.
At the Masters, DeChambeau’s ball unexpectedly went off-course into a row of bushes. A search party was sent out to wade through the thick brush to retrieve the ball.
His response to this mishap made heads turn and Twitter users take to their phones, “roasting DeChambeau for the meltdown.”
With what seems to be a Type-A leaning personality, it’s no surprise that Bryson greatly values his precision on the field.
From the looks of it, he values his accuracy to the point of colossal disappointment when things do, once in a while, go awry.
Keeping The Ball Rolling
All in all, the California native is one to keep your eye on. He has wowed both spectators and golf experts alike with his sheer talent and unconventional approach to the game.