Bryson DeChambeau wows with persimmon in surprise showing at U.S. Amateur

bryson dechambeau at u.s. amateur

Bryson DeChambeau made a surprise appearance at this week's U.S. Amateur Championship at Cherry Hills Country Club and wowed the crowd.


Bryson DeChambeau, now a LIV Golf member, wasn’t at this week’s BMW Championship outside of Chicago, but he was in Colorado, making an appearance at this week’s U.S. Amateur Championship at Cherry Hills Country Club.

Oh, and he’s also apparently got a great Arnold Palmer impression.

DeChambeau flashed on the Golf Channel broadcast on Thursday night — which was also a surprise to the broadcast team — and was shown live talking to a group on the 1st tee. Wearing shorts and a T-shirt, DeChambeau tossed a ball and teed it up with a persimmon wood in hand. According to reports from on-site, DeChambeau hit several shots hoping to reach the green.

He then took a mighty cut and rolled it through and over the right side of the green, his ball coming to rest barely off the green in the thick rough.

If DeChambeau’s bouncy finish — look at the knees! — looks familiar, it’s something you might have seen from Palmer. This was likely an intended hat tip to The King, who famously drove this green during the final round of the 1960 U.S. Open en route to a victory. DeChambeau hit it from the same spot on Thursday, which is just under 350 yards away.

DeChambeau is no stranger to the U.S. Amateur. In 2015 he won it with a lopsided 7-and-6 victory in the 36-hole final, becoming just the fifth player to win the U.S. Am and NCAA individual championship in the same year.

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