World No. 5 Bryson DeChambeau has confirmed his participation in the 2019 Omega Dubai Desert Classic, the region’s premier golfing event, at Emirates Golf Club from 24 – 27 January.
The 25-year-old Californian has just embarked on his third full season on the PGA Tour and has collected 5 PGA Tour wins in the last 18 months, including the Memorial Tournament and back-to-back titles in the 2018 FedEx Cup playoffs, a first in the 12 years of the lucrative tour finale. He was one of the four wildcard picks chosen by Jim Furyk, making him the youngest member of the 2018 USA Ryder Cup team.
Prior to turning pro, in 2015 DeChambeau won the NCAA Division 1 and U.S. Amateur Championship. He is only the fifth player in history to win both in the same year joining Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jack Nicklaus and Ryan Moore.
DeChambeau also won the Amateur Medal at the 2016 Omega Dubai Desert Classic, when the tournament organisers were the first in the region to recognise the rising star’s talent following his US Amateur win and offer him an invitation. David Spencer, Tournament Director of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, commented: “Bryson is one of the most exciting young stars of global golf. He visited Dubai as an amateur and was a class act. We’re delighted that he will join us again in 2019 as a Pro for our 30th anniversary.”
Known as golf’s ‘Mad Scientist’, DeChambeau has a unique one plane swing and uses single-length shafts. His irons and wedges are all 37.5 inches long – the same as a 7 iron – and all have the same lie and bounce angles. Instead of numbers, he stamps the clubs with names; his 60 degree lob wedge is named ‘The King’ after Arnold Palmer and his 6 iron is named ‘Juniper’ after the sixth hole at Augusta.
DeChambeau has worn a Ben Hogan cap since he was 13, which only adds to his growing legend. The 30th edition of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic will be held at Emirates Golf Club from 24 – 27 January, 2019. Since 1989, the tournament has seen 24 different winners from 13 different nations.