Quiz: How well do you know defending U.S. Open champion Bryson DeChambeau?

How well do you know Bryson DeChambeau, the defending champ at this week’s U.S. Open at Torrey Pines? Take our quiz and put your knowledge to the test.

1. Derived from the Old French, “DeChambeau” means:

a. “the raven”
b. “of the fields”
c. “wearing a hat”
d. “with a cherry”

2. Bryson’s nickname is:

a. The Scientist
b. The Hulk
c. The Professor
d. Gilligan

3. Which instruction book had the most impact on Bryson growing up?

a. The Golfing Machine, by Homer Kelley
b. Swing Easy, Hit Hard, by Julius Boros
c. Swing Hard, Hit Hard, by Guy Boros
d. Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson

4. What has Bryson been known to do left-handed to develop fine-motor skills?

a. Peel bananas
b. Write cursive
c. Brush his teeth
d. Zip zippers

5. What was Bryson’s major at Southern Methodist University?

a. Biochemistry
b. Mechanical engineering
c. Physics
d. Beer pong

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6. Who was the last player before Bryson to win the NCAA individual championship and U.S. Amateur in the same year?

a. Ryan Armour
b. Ryan Palmer
c. Ryan Moore
d. Ryan Seacrest

7. Bryson is known to consider which of the following before hitting a shot?

a. Barometric pressure
b. Fermat’s theorem
c. The law of quadratic reciprocity
d. All of the above

8. On GOLF’s “Subpar” podcast, fellow PGA Tour pro Adam Long said Bryson is…

a. “an inspiration”
b. “the future of golf”
c. “probably the most dedicated athlete in any sport”
d. “intimidating

9. …while fellow Tour pro Eddie Pepperell has called Bryson a…

a. “single-minded twit”
b. “slow-playing tosser”
c. “burly bore”
d. “professorial poseur”

10. Which player has not won the U.S. Open, the U.S. Amateur and the NCAA championship?

a. Bryson DeChambeau
b. Tiger Woods
c. Jack Nicklaus
d. Eddie Pepperell

11. Bryson’s irons and wedges are famously all the same length, which is:

a. 35.5 inches
b. 36.5 inches
c. 37.5 inches
d. The square root of pi times pi minus the Earth’s circumference

12. At the 2020 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, Bryson was involved in a rules kerfuffle that centered on:

a. Murder hornets
b. Rattlesnakes
c. Alligators
d. Fire ants

13. In his 2020 U.S. Open victory at Winged Foot, Bryson was:

a. The only player to finish the championship under par
b. The only player to shoot under par in the final round
c. The only player not to shoot an over-par round
d. All of the above

14. “Bryson DeChambeau” was the correct answer — or would have been, had any of the contestants known it — to a question on which TV quiz show?

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a. Jeopardy!
b. To Tell the Truth
c. Celebrity Family Feud
d. Match Game

15. Bryson was present and filming, but not swinging, when which bomber hit a 302-yard 8-iron on an indoor simulator?

a. Jamie Sadlowski
b. Kyle Berkshire
c. Phil Mickelson
d. Applied physics says it is not humanly possible to hit a 302-yard 8-iron

16. Designated beneficiary of the Bryson DeChambeau Foundation?

a. St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital
b. National Kidney Foundation
c. The Pythagorean Theorem Club
d. Northern California Golf Association

17. Bryson has an endorsement deal with which automotive company?

a. Land Rover
b. Jeep
c. Bentley
d. Mini Cooper

18. Bryson’s social-media feud with Brooks Koepka last year involved a discussion of which muscles?

a. Lats
b. Abs
c. Traps
d. Glutes

19. Greg Roskopf is Bryson’s:

a. Agent
b. Social-media director
c. Muscle activation specialist
d. Analytics consultant

20. In a GOLF.com interview, Bryson said that his decisions on when to leave the flagstick in while putting would pertain to…

a. Whether the putt was uphill, downhill or sidehill
b. The flagstick’s coefficient of restitution
c. Air temperature and humidity
d. Just, you know, his general vibe in the moment, dude


1. b; 2. a; 3. a; 4. b; 5. c; 6. c; 7. a (Those versed in numbers theory, and probably Bryson, know that Fermat’s theorem gives a necessary but not sufficient test for primality, while the law of quadratic reciprocity is a theorem about modular arithmetic related to the solvability of quadratic equations); 8. c; 9. a; 10. d (but he’s still a great follow on Twitter); 11. c (the length of his standard 7-iron); 12. d; 13. d; 14. a (In Jeopardy!’s backward logic, “Who is Bryson DeChambeau?” was the question to this answer: “The unconventional methods of this long-hitting U.S. Open champ include using a protractor on the putting green”); 15. b (though golfers can be forgiven for thinking d); 16. c; 17. c; 18. b (Google it — it’s too silly to get into here); 19. c; 20. b.


1–6 CORRECT: What are you, a hater?
7–12 CORRECT: Time to hit the Bryson books a bit harder
13–18 CORRECT: Good, but not 200 mph ball speed good
19–20 CORRECT: Welcome to The Pythagorean Theorem Club!

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A former executive editor of GOLF Maga­zine, Rothman is now a remote contract freelancer. His primary role centers around custom publishing, which en­tails writing, editing and procuring client approval on travel advertorial sections. Since 2016, he has also written, pseudonymously, the popular “Rules Guy” monthly column, and often pens the recurring “How It Works” page. Rothman’s freelance work for both GOLF and GOLF.com runs the gamut from equipment, instruc­tion, travel and feature-writing, to editing major-championship previews and service packages.