The most interesting thing to happen in the golf world overnight is the fact that Bryson DeChambeau, the amateur, leads the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship. He is one shot better than Henrik Stenson, two ahead of Rory McIlroy, and four ahead of world No. 1 Jordan Spieth.
I realize that this is only the first round, but not only has he won both the U.S. Amateur and the NCAA Championship, but he came just short of becoming the first amateur to win the Australian Masters.
The most interesting thing is that he said he was struggling on the range when he was warming up.
“I didn’t have my best on the range, but I was able to score which was huge.”
I also loved his response when asked being at the top of the leader board with a star studded field.
“Why be nervous, if I hit a bad shot it’s just a chance to show my grace and my character.”
He seems to be a cross between a scientist and a creative shot making genius. He majored in physics at SMU, and it definitely has an influence in his game. His method of reading greens is known as Vector Putting. It uses a combination of factors such as length of putt, percentage of slope and green speed. His intelligence also helps him with his course management skills.
He refers to himself as a pro golf “intern,” and has taken the opportunity to play with Jordan Spieth, “Just for the chance to watch how he prepares.”
He has to remain an amateur until after the 2016 Masters, but I don’t think he is going to have any trouble finding sponsor’s exemptions to play the tour on a regular basis.