Bryson DeChambeau has established himself as a leading contender for automatic selection to the 2018 US Ryder Cup team following his victory in the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide last weekend.
DeChambeau birdied the second extra hole to defeat Byeong Hun An and Kyle Stanley in the tournament’s first three-way playoff to pick up his second PGA Tour title, which moved him up to eighth place in the American Ryder Cup points standings. The top eight players following the PGA Championship on August 12 gain automatic selection to the team and will be joined by four picks by captain Jim Furyk. The Americans will attempt to defend the title against Thomas Bjorn’s European side in the 42nd edition of the biennial team event at Le Golf National in Paris this September 28-30.
“Well, I’ve been on three United States teams – the World Amateur, Palmer Cup and the Walker Cup – and every single time it was the coolest experience to be able to represent your country and be at the forefront of that. So to make the Ryder Cup is obviously No. 1 on my priority, if I don’t do anything else this year. To be able to represent your country would be a tremendous honor, one that I’m highly looking forward to if I do get that opportunity,” said DeChambeau, famed for his classic, retro-style apparel and single-length irons.
DeChambeau added that the win was a validation of sorts as he struggled with consistency last season – missing eight straight cuts at one stage – despite picking up his first PGA Tour win in the John Deere Classic.
“Last year I missed 14 cuts in a row … and that was tough, that was a tough pill to swallow, because I felt like I didn’t belong out here for a little bit,” said the 24-year-old, revealing that he went back to the drawing board twice last year in an effort to to be more consistent on tour.
“It’s just taken time to be able to get through this learning phase of knowing how to be on tour consistently,” he stressed.
Sponsored by Cobra Puma Golf since he turned professional in early 2016, DeChambeau uses irons and wedges that are all 37.5 inches long.
What’s In The Bag:
Driver: Cobra King LTD Pro (8.5°) with True Temper HZRDUS T1100 75x shaft (45.5″)
Fairways: Cobra King LTD 3/4 (14.5°) with True Temper HZRDUS Black 85x shaft (43″); Cobra F8+ Baffler 5wd (17.5°) with True Temper HZRDUS Black 85x shaft (41”)
Irons: Cobra King One Length Utility (4 &5); Cobra Forged One Length (6-9, P) with True Temper X7 shafts (37.5″ for all)
Wedges: Cobra King V Grind 50°; Cobra King WideLow Grind (55° and 60°) with True Temper X7 shafts (37.5″ for all)
Putter: Sik Tour prototype
Ball: Bridgestone Tour B X