NCAA champ DeChambeau prepares for first major, second professional event at U.S. Open

Bryson DeChambeau called the past few weeks magical.

In that span, the 21-year-old golfer from Clovis, California, won the NCAA individual championship, played in his first professional event and qualified for the U.S. Open.

He said his golf game is the best it’s ever been and that he could be a factor at Chambers Bay. At last week’s FedEx St. Jude Classic, his pro debut, he shot even-par 280 and played in Sunday’s final round in Memphis, Tennessee.

“I played great last week,” DeChambeau said. “If it weren’t for a couple of holes, I’d be right up there.

“I have to manage my game out there.”

Tuesday was DeChambeau’s second practice session at Chambers Bay. He arrived late Sunday and played the course for the first time Monday.

He compared Chambers Bay to Erin Hills Golf Course in Erin, Wisconsin, although that’s not a link-style like Chambers. In October, he won a season-opening tournament at Erin Hills (214).

“I’m excited to play this style of golf,” he said. “I’m very blessed to do this and play in my first major championship here.”

DeChambeau, who became SMU’s first NCAA individual champion, qualified for the U.S. Open with an 11-under 133 in the sectional in Columbus, Ohio.