NCAA champion Bryson DeChambeau of SMU wins US Amateur, beating Derek Bard 7 and 6



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Bryson DeChambeau reacts after making a par on the 25th green during the final rmatch of the U.S. Amateur golf tournament at Olympia Fields Country Club on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, in Olympia Fields, Ill. DeChambeau defeated Derek Bard 7 and 6.. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)


Bryson DeChambeau poses with the trophy after winning the 115th U.S. Amateur Championship golf match at Olympia Fields Country Club on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, in Olympia Fields, Ill. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)


Bryson DeChambeau kisses the trophy after he won the U.S. Amateur golf tournament at Olympia Fields Country Club on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, in Olympia Fields, Ill. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)


Bryson DeChambeau smiles as he holds the trophy after he won the U.S. Amateur golf tournament at Olympia Fields Country Club on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, in Olympia Fields, Ill. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)


Bryson DeChambeau watches his tee shot on the 25th hole during the championship match of the U.S. Amateur golf tournament at Olympia Fields Country Club on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, in Olympia Fields, Ill. Bryson DeChambeau defeated Derek Bard 7 and 6.. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)


Derek Bard hits out of a bunker onto the 25th green during the final match of the U.S. Amateur golf tournament at Olympia Fields Country Club on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, in Olympia Fields, Ill. Bryson DeChambeau defeated Bard 7 and 6. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)


Bryson DeChambeau holds the trophy after he won the U.S. Amateur golf tournament at Olympia Fields Country Club on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, in Olympia Fields, Ill. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)


Derek Bard looks down on the 18th green during the final round of the U.S. Amateur golf tournament title match at Olympia Fields Country Club on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, in Olympia Fields, Ill. Bryson DeChambeau won 7 and 6. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)


Bryson DeChambeau lines up a putt on the 30th green during the final match of the U.S. Amateur golf tournament, at Olympia Fields Country Club on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, in Olympia Fields, Ill. DeChambeau defeated Derek Bard 7 and 6. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)


Bryson DeChambeau signs autographs for fans after he won the U.S. Amateur golf tournament at Olympia Fields Country Club on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, in Olympia Fields, Ill. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)


Bryson DeChambeau hits to the 18th green during the final round of the U.S. Amateur golf tournament at Olympia Filelds Country Club on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, in Olympia Fields, Ill. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)


OLYMPIA FIELDS, Illinois — SMU senior Bryson DeChambeau won the U.S. Amateur on Sunday to become the fifth player to win the tournament and NCAA individual title in the same year.

DeChambeau, from Clovis, California, beat Virginia junior Derek Bard of New Hartford, New York, 7 and 6 in the 36-hole final at Olympia Fields.

Jack Nicklaus (1961), Phil Mickelson (1990), Tiger Woods (1996) and Ryan Moore (2004) are the only other players to sweep the NCAA and Amateur titles in a season.

"I can't believe what I just did," DeChambeau said. "I'm in golf history. I don't understand it yet. It's an honor to be in that field."

It was the widest margin in a title match since Byeong-Hun An's 7-and-5 victory over Ben Martin in 2009.

"I didn't make anything and he made all the putts he had to," Bard said.

Bard didn't make a birdie after the sixth hole of the morning round, while DeChambeau had nine birdies in the 30 holes and was 20 under in six matches.

DeChambeau had a 2-up lead after the morning round. He lost the 19th hole after snap-hooking his drive and making a bogey 6.

"I thought, 'Keep pressing the pedal to the metal now, play Bryson golf,'" DeChambeau said.

DeChambeau won the next three holes with birdies and seven of nine holes.

A par-saving 20-footer on the 25th hole of the match, the par-3 seventh, allowed DeChambeau to salvage a halve after Bard had already made par.

"He didn't have the same step," DeChambeau said about Bard after the par-saving putt. "I just made everything."

Even a caddie switch didn't bother DeChambeau. Regular caddie Mike Schy complained of blisters and plantar fasciitis, so was replaced for the afternoon round by Brooke Price, a former teammate at SMU.

"He was positive, encouraging the whole time," DeChambeau said.

Bard believed the turning point was DeChambeau's chip-in for a birdie on the eighth hole in the morning, shortly after a one-hour thunderstorm delay.

"It was cool to watch," Bard said. "From that point, he took control. I was still 1 up, but I played No. 9 poorly, as I did all week."

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