CLOVIS, Calif. (KFSN) -- Clovis East grad Bryson DeChambeau walks on to a golf course with a list of credentials that rival some of the best to ever play the game.
"It's surreal, the U.S. Amateur (trophy) is 120 years, never been here, trophy has never sat on a table in the Fresno area, next to that the NCAA trophy that's never happened," says Mike Schy, Bryson's Golf Coach.
Over the summer, DeChambeau became just the fifth golfer in history to win both the NCAA crown and the U.S. Amateur title joining Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and Ryan Moore, "I can't explain, everyday I wake up I completed the amateur grand slam, gaining that experience I think I will be ready for the tour coming out next year after I play in the Masters, have those seven starts and I think I will do a good job of being ready."
Bryson averages 8-9 hours a day on the course displaying a tireless work ethic his father has seen from a young age and a special story he will never forget.
"We got in the car and we were driving home and he said to me dad you know I think I can change the game. I smirked at him a bit and laughed and said, 'You know what son if you can that would be awesome wouldn't it?' And then during the US Amateur Greg Norman made statement on TV as Bryson hit a certain shot and he looked there and said you know what this kid might change the game and my heart just melted at that point because I hadn't heard anybody else say something like that about Bryson," said father Jon DeChambeau.
Bryson added, "I want to do good for the game of golf in the end. I want to be a great ambassador, be a gentleman and show respect and class towards everybody and help grow the game and if I can do that, that's all that matters."
Earlier this month DeChambeau announced he would be leaving the SMU golf program after the NCAA issued sanctions for alleged violations under former head coach Josh Gregory. Those penalties would have prohibited DeChambeau from defending his NCAA title this coming season. DeChambeau plans to retain his amateur status through next year. The U.S. Amateur title earned him exemptions into the year's first 3 majors, beginning with The Masters in April.
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