BRADENTON, Fla – Bryson Dechambeau wins the NCAA Division I National Championship, shooting a final round 71 to finish 8-under.
Finishing runner-up, Chen-Tsung Pan, an individual contender from Washington, who’s 4th round low score – 67 (5-under par) – moved him from 7th to 2nd and into contention for the title. Vanderbilt’s Hunter Stewert also made an attempt to catch Bryson, shooting 68 and finishing in a tie for 3rd with Illinois’s Thomas Detry at 6-under par.
What does the victory mean for the SMU senior with the funny last name?
Bryson Dechambeau hopes to earn a spot on the prestigious Walker Cup team. “Captain Miller is a great guy and I look forward to talking to him soon, and hopefully I’ll get my chance,” Bryson said, after his victory today. “I’m so honored to be named the national champion, the first national champion for SMU. I can’t say anything else…There’s nothing better to feel.”
Dechambeau exudes confidence – and it’s not just youthful bravado, it’s calculated and precise. At the beginning of the week, he genuinely believed that he was playing good enough to win – and why not? On a golf course perfectly suitable for a major championship, he backed up his confidence…It begins with the outfit, and continues with a strange and unconventional array of golf clubs. Bryson’s irons are all the same length – 37.5 inches – equivalent to a seven iron, magnifying finesse and elevating accuracy.
But most importantly, “it’s about trust,” he said, “putts are going to fall my way and I’m going to hit good shots. It’s just about being in the moment, trusting yourself, and being able to execute that shot when the time comes.”
For Dechambeau, the national championship ends on a high note, since SMU did not make the top eight, they will return to Texas with their first individual title in school history.
Only Eight teams will advance into tomorrow’s stroke play:
1. Illinois (+3)
2. Vanderbilt (+5)
3. Georgia (+6)
4. Texas (+6)
5. Southern California (+9)
6. South Florida (+16)
7. LSU (+17)
8. UCLA (+20)