DECHAMBEAU WINS THE 115TH US AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP

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What they play for, The U.S. Amateur Trophy, the Havemeyer. The Gog Blog by Rory Spears, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy. At Olympia Fields Country Club, site of the 115th U.S. Amateur.

It took a little longer than planned because of a 47 minute weather delay, and during that time .47 of an inch of rain fell, but when it was over, Bryson DeChambeau defeated Derek Bard by a 7 & 6 score.

By winning the U.S. Amateur in the same year he won the NCAA Championship, DeChambeau joins a small club of four other players to accomplish the feat.

That list is Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and Ryan Moore who was last to complete the feat in 2004.

DeChambeau from California, and a member of the Texas based Southern Methodist University golf team had his day end, much like the way it started by winning holes. But along the way Derek Bard from New York, and a member of the University of Virginia golf team made it tough on the eventual winner for a good part of the 30 holes.

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Olympia Fields host of the 2015 U.S. Amateur.

DeChambeau came right out of the blocks with birdies on holes 1 and 2, to quickly go 2UP. But Bard came right back by winning the third hole and closed the gap to one.

Then after the fourth hole was halved, Bard turned it up a notch and won the next three holes in a row to hold a 2UP lead himself. But Dechambeau chipped in on the 8th hole to close the gap back to only 1 DN.

DeChambeau won the 10th hole with a par to bring the match back to All-Square, where it stayed through the 13th hole. On 14 DeChambeau took the lead for good with a birdie. DeChambeau’s lead went to 3 UP when Bard made bogeys on 15 and 16. DeChambeau had a chance to go 4 UP on 18, but left his approach long and in the deep rough, and first chip he left short of the green. Bard won the hole with a bogey and was 2 DN at the break.

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The Par 4, 12th hole for championship week at Olympia Fields, rated one of the best 4 par holes in America. Bryson DeChambeau closed out the championship on this hole.

Then at the break, DeChambeau’s caddie had to quit with a foot problem, that was diagnosed as Plantar Fasciitis and a new caddie his assistant coach at SMU took over on the bag.

Heading out to 19 with a 2 UP lead, Dechambeau pulled his tee shot into the bushes left of the first fairway. For a moment some thought the ball was lost on the adjoining railroad tracks, but just as the search was about to end, the ball was found and after climbing through the bushes, he hit a punch shot back to the fairway. The effort was not quite enough as bard won the hole and was only 1 DN after 19 holes.

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Bryson DeChambeau during his championship winner’s press conference.

But things changed at that point. The misfortune on 19, only seemed to make Dehcambeau mad, and he fueled his fire and turned things around quickly starting on the 20th hole with a short birdie putt to go 2 UP. But the run didn’t stop there, DeChambeau then won holes 21, 22, 24, 26, 27, 28 to go 8 UP and Dormie.

Bard didn’t quit, he made par on the 29th hole to extend the match when DeChambeau missed his par putt. The 30th hole saw both player reach the par 4 green in two shot after hitting approaches from the rough. But when both players missed birdie putts and settled for par, the match was over.

DeChambeau will compete as part of the Walker Cup Team in England next month at Royal Lytham & St. Anne’s. The USGA announced the final five members of the Walker Cup Team, and they were Scott Harvey, Denny McCarthy, Mike McCoy, Jordan Niebrugge and Robbie Shelton. They join DeChambeau, Beau Hossler, Maverick McNealy, Lee McCoy and Hunter Stewart who were previously named.

Click here to hear interviews with US Amateur Champion Bryson DeChambeau and runner up Derek Bard.

The 116th U.S. Amateur will be played at the Oakland Hills Country Club in Michigan. For more online information visit USGA.org.

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Rory spent over 8 years growing up working at Rob Roy Golf Club in Prospect Hts.IL, then two years at Chevy Chase in Wheeling. He has covered golf in Chicago since 1986. Rory was one of the initial members of WSCR all-sports radio Chicago and covered golf there for 5 seasons, before moving on to work for ESPN/Sportsticker and ESPN Radio. In addition to hosting Golfers on Golf Radio on WNDZ Am 750 Chicago, he writes for both Chicagoland Golf and the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine. Rory has played over 460 courses in 37 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, in the golf industry.