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Bryson DeChambeau: the season so far

by Dave Tindall
Updated On: April 24, 2020, 5:02 pm ET

Age: 26

 

World ranking (current/end of year)

Current: 13th
2019: 14th
2018: 5th
2017: 99th
2016: 120th

 

Current 2020 Stats

FedEx Cup Rank: 16th
Events: 7
Wins: 0
Top 10: 4
Top 25: 5
Made Cut: 6
Money: $2,362,266

 

Strokes Gained

Off-The-Tee: 3rd (2019: 24th, 2018: 12th, 2017: 35th)
Approach: 66th (2019: 54th, 2018: 12th, 2017: 114th)
Around The Green: 75th (2019: 115th, 2018: 78th, 2017: 109th)
Putting: 22nd (2019: 28th, 2018: 32nd, 2017: 145th)
Tee-To-Green: 10th (2019: 37th, 2018: 11th, 2017: 65th)
Total: 4th (2019: 18th, 2018: 6th, 2017: 78th)

 

Analysis

DeChambeau's masterplan to bulk up and smash it far has certainly paid off. He leads the tour in Driving Distance and is 3rd for SG: Off-The-Tee. His Approach figures aren't quite as strong as 2018 when he enjoyed a three-win season and rose to No. 5 in the OWGR but the rest of his current numbers are very much on a par with those from two campaigns ago. Hitting it long and putting well is a great recipe for so many PGA TOUR courses and he was on a great run (T5th Genesis, 2nd WGC-Mexico and 4th Bay Hill) before play was halted.

Grade so far: B 

 

Bryson DeChambeau

2020 quotes

Shriners Hospitals for Children Open (after finishing T4 in defense of his title): "I always play well in dry, non-humid conditions. Seems to work better for me for some reason, and my body always feels pretty good coming here. Comfortable with the golf course. Love the shots off the tee. Then I love the scoring opportunities out here on the par-5s. If I take care of those, do what I can there, I'm usually doing pretty good here." 

Dubai Desert Classic (after finishing T8 in defense of his title): "I love this city. I think it's an incredible place, and desert golf has always suited my style of play." 

Arnold Palmer Invitational (after finishing solo fourth in tough conditions with -1): “This definitely tested every aspect of your game and you had to be driving it well. I think I drove it pretty well this week (1st SG: Off-the-Tee so, yes!), besides a couple holes out here today. And for me that's a true testament of how hard I've been working on my driving to get it right, and then iron play is getting slowly better, and putting, I'm still not there with (29th SG: Putting for the week). I had two 3-putts today and that really was the deciding factor for the total round of shooting a deep one out there today."

Arnold Palmer Invitational (hinting at a putting revolution): “Doing something pretty unique with the putter next week (TPC Sawgrass). Hopefully it will come in and we'll have it ready and that will get me up to another level (We'll have to wait a little longer to see the full results. DeChambeau shot a 2-under 70 in R1 of THE PLAYERS before it was canceled).

 

THE MAJORS (most recent result on the left)

The Masters: 29-38-21

Although solid, his Masters record doesn't look anything special yet with no top 20s in three starts. However, he was T8 at halfway as an amateur on debut in 2016 and shot a 66 (his only round in the 60s in 12 laps) to lead after the first round last year. And there was a little extra magic: DeChambeau made a hole-in-one at the 16th in round four, the first ace of his pro career.  

PGA Championship: 33-MC-MC

A tied 33rd on debut at Quail Hollow was a marker but since then he's missed cuts at Bellerive and Bethpage. In eight rounds in this championship, he's yet to break 70. So what of TPC Harding Park in August? Both Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka say it favors longer hitters and he's posted 5-13-35-15 in his last four starts in California. However, if he likes non-humid conditions, August is the most humid month in San Francisco.

U.S. Open: 35-25-MC-15-MC

DeChambeau gave up his amateur status after T21 in the 2016 Masters so this was his first major as a pro. He performed strongly with T15 at Oakmont but here we are in 2020 and it's still his best finish in a major. He's added T25 at Shinnecock and T35 at Pebble Beach the last two years but gamers/bettors want more. Winged Foot is this year's venue and his victory at the 2018 Northern Trust in New Jersey shows he can perform well in among the boisterous crowds. 

Open Championship: MC-51-MC

Add in his poor record in the Open Championship and DeChambeau is clearly underperforming in the majors to this point. Overall: 8-for-14 with no top tens and just a single top 20. There seems to be more logic in his Open results where random bounces probably don't sit well with 'The Scientist'. Those links vagaries are particularly present at Royal St. George's so, at this stage, the 2021 venue may not be the best fit.

Dave Tindall
Dave Tindall is former golf editor at Sky Sports.com in the UK and has been writing betting previews for the European Tour since 1997. He can be reached via e-mail on tindall_david@hotmail.com and on Twitter @davetindallgolf.