DeChambeau rolls to five-shot Trans-Miss victory
Bryson DeChambeau put a heartbreaking second-place finish at the California State Amateur behind him on Thursday, romping to a five-shot victory at the Trans-Mississippi Championship at the Meadow Club in Fairfax, Calif.
Behind a final-round 69, the SMU sophomore won his first title since high school.
"It's been a long time coming, but this one feels so sweet," said DeChambeau, the 2013 Conference USA Freshman of the Year.
DeChambeau is the second SMU golfer to win the Trans-Miss title in the past three years, joining U.S. Amateur winner Kelly Kraft.
While the final margin was comfortable, DeChambeau had to battle for the title through 36 holes on Thursday.
Leading by as many as seven shots in the day's opening round, DeChambeau found himself only up by two strokes over 2013 NCAA individual champ Max Homa with nine holes to play. But a costly bogey by Homa at No. 11 opened the door for DeChambeau to extend his lead to three and eventually five with three holes to play.
"When I made bogey on No. 11 and then didn’t make birdie on 12 or 13 that really put me behind the 8-ball on the back nine,” said Homa, who finished T-4 with Corey McElyea at 8 under. "It’s not what I wanted for this week, but I had four rounds at par or better so I can’t be too disappointed.”
Former Arkansas player Austin Cook would finish T-2 with Jeremy Sanders at 9 under.