US amateur DeChambeau to make debut at Qatar Masters

 20 Jan 2016 - 1:29

US amateur DeChambeau to make debut at Qatar Masters
US amateur sensation Bryson DeChambeau will make his Commercial Bank Qatar Masters debut later this month.


Doha: Amateur sensation Bryson DeChambeau will make his Commercial Bank Qatar Masters debut later this month when the 6-foot 1-inch American competes in the 19th edition of The European Tour event at Doha Golf Club.
DeChambeau, 22, made history last year when he became only the fifth player to win the US Amateur Championship and NCAA Division I individual title in one season, joining Jack Nicklaus (1961), Phil Mickelson (1990), Tiger Woods (1996) and Ryan Moore (2004).
DeChambeau’s US Amateur victory earned him starts in this year’s first three Majors – the Masters Tournament, US Open and Open Championship – and two more PGA Tour events in June.
However, the Californian is currently focused on his visit to the Middle East, where the $2.5m Commercial Bank Qatar Masters from 27 – 30 January sits at the heart of The European Tour’s three-week ‘Desert Swing’.
“I’m really looking forward to my debut at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters. The list of champions has a lot of big names like Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Adam Scott, Henrik Stenson and Sergio Garcia, so I’m excited to play there and compete with top European Tour players,” said DeChambeau, who usually wears a flat cap while playing.
“It was so special to follow the NCAA win with the US Amateur title. Later, I was able to compete in tournaments all around the world and now I’m starting 2016 by continuing to travel to new countries. It’s a very exciting period of my life and my career, so I’m looking forward to every new experience and making the most of it.” Last June, DeChambeau became the first golfer from South Methodist University to win the NCAA men’s title when he beat Pan Cheng-tsung of Taiwan by one stroke at the Concession Club in Bradenton, Florida.

The Peninsula