September 29, 2015

Why Bryson DeChambeau won't be allowed to defend his NCAA title next year

After having one of the best amateur seasons ever, Bryson DeChambeau has no chance of repeating what he did in 2015 next year. And the SMU senior has no control over the situation.

According to Golf Channel, the SMU men's golf program has received a one-year postseason ban from the NCAA. That means DeChambeau, the reigning individual champ won't be allowed to defend his title in 2016.

The Mustangs received the ban (and a loss of scholarships for the next three years) for recruiting violations and unethical conduct by former coach Josh Gregory. The school's men's basketball program and its head coach, Larry Brown, also received harsh punishments on Tuesday.

After winning the NCAA Championship in June, DeChambeau won the U.S. Amateur in August to become just the fifth golfer to win both titles in the same season. DeChambeau, a physics major, decided to stay in school for his senior year rather than turn pro. By remaining an amateur, DeChambeau gets a spot in next year's Masters, U.S. Open and British Open.