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#CapItLikeBryson <<<< That was trending on Twitter this week. Dechambeau, however, has been trending for months…even longer when you consider his stellar year capturing – okay we should know this by now right? NCAA Individual Title…US AM…Runner up in Aus…leading first round in Dubai…on the leaderboard at The Masters…
So then, there’s this week. DechAMbeau to DechamPRO. They grow up so fast…
Bryson made his Pro debut this week in Hilton Head rocking his new Puma gear, including the tartan Hogan cap. This guy is on point (if you didn’t know, the winner this week receives a tartan jacket). He has a unique image that grows his own personal brand à la Rickie Fowler. Not only has that proved lucrative for Fowler on the business side but…it’s just..cool. It gives golf some characters that die-hard and casual golf fans alike can follow throughout the sport’s narrative. How do you get young kids more involved in the game? Golf superheroes. Ricky, Jordan, Dechambeau. Young guys that have a certain style that the (even) younger generations can glom onto. Spieth’s Under Armour costume probably sold more than Batman’s (this is based on absolutely no research).
Tangent over. BRYSON FINISHED T-4th THIS WEEK. $259,600 DO YOU BELIEVE??
I do. But here are the technicalities..Dechambeau doesn’t have his PGA Tour card…all he has done is just “turn pro.” He is not a member of the PGA Tour. So, for “non-members,” you are allowed up to seven sponsor exemptions for the year. What’s great is this week’s top-10 finish grants him an automatic exemption into next week’s Valero Texas Open (not needing to waste one of his seven). To skip a few steps and to make this as clear as possible, Bryson has seven exemptions to win approximately $750,000. He’s already used one but has $259,600 in the bank. When he reaches 750K, he has special temporary membership gaining him entrance into almost any event for the rest of the year…AND…by that point…he will probably win enough to get into the Top-125 this year and secure a card for next year. Clear? Well I tried my best.
JASON DAY | Special shout out to one of my favorite players J’DAY. Co-leader thru 36 this week and posted a 79 on Saturday. His worst weekend round ever on Tour. As he explains, “it happens.” And that’s absolutely right. It’s golf. He’s been running the tables for a month now destroying everybody and everything in his way. He ran out of gas Saturday. No big.
BRANDEN GRACE | Congrats bru! Solid player that has won seven times on the Euro Tour and has been in major contention. It was only a matter of time before he got his first win on Tour. BTW how good are these South Africans? Very talented group of players that seem like good dudes.