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Junior Bryson Dechambeau finds symmetry in physics, college golf


By Andy Zunz


Bryson Dechambeau could barely turn his neck to see the PowerPoint slides as he elaborated on the finer points of proton decay.

That’s right, proton decay. Just three days after the SMU junior smoked it 348 yards off the tee to win the Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic long drive contest, he delivered a speech that he prepared for more than a month to 12 students in a particle physics classroom.

Dechambeau, you see, isn’t just majoring in golf. He picked physics in order to more intimately learn the mechanics of the golf swing. It’s pretty heady stuff for one of college golf’s top players but that’s the life he leads – a life that includes minors in economics and math too – and it’s beginning to catch up to him. A day after his moonshot, Dechambeau ended up withdrawing from the Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic with a strained trapezius muscle. READ MORE


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