Southern Methodist University rising senior Bryson DeChambeau, the 2015 NCAA champion, will meet Derek Bard, a University of Virginia junior who won the Sunnehanna Amateur, in the 36-hole final match of the U.S. Amateur Championship at Olympia Fields Country Club.
DeChambeau, 21, of Clovis, Calif., a 2015 United States Walker Cup Team member, defeated Sean Crocker, a University of Southern California sophomore, 4 and 3, in Saturday’s semifinals.
“To be here with the best players in the world that have played here and won here, is pretty incredible: Bobby Jones, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and a couple others, it's incredible,” said DeChambeau.
Bard, 20, of New Hartford, N.Y., beat Kenta Konishi, a Japanese national team member, 3 and 2, in the other semifinal.
Holding a 1-up lead through 11 holes, DeChambeau, a first-team All-American, won holes 12, 13 and 14, with birdies on 12 and 14, to take a 4-up lead. He closed out the match with a halving par on the par-3 15th.
“On 12, that was a huge second shot to stuff it in there to 6 feet,” said DeChambeau, who plays in a Ben Hogan-style cap. “I knew that he was most likely going to get up and down, even though it was a ridiculously hard shot, and he did hit a great shot to a foot and I gave it to him. I had a 6-footer, and I threw it right in the heart.”