Bryson DeChambeau, the reigning NCAA and U.S. Amateur champion, is leaving SMU men’s golf team and will focus on preparing for the Masters next April, according to GolfChannel.com.
SMU’s men’s golf team has been banned from post-season play this season and will incur scholarship reductions due to “multiple violations” discovered by the NCAA that involved recruiting and unethical conduct under former head coach Josh Gregory, according to multiple reports.
The punitive actions against SMU will mostly impact and unjustly punish the student-athletes, who did not do anything wrong (as far as we know they weren’t accepting duffel bags full of cash), including Bryson DeChambeau, who became only the fifth player to win the individual NCAA Championship and the U.S. Amateur last month. Due to the NCAA’s sanctions, he will be barred from defending his title next year in Eugene, Oregon. Which is pretty messed up and extremely unfair from what I understand of the situation.