Jimmy DeChambeau speaks during a news conference following the final round of the PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club on Aug. 9, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
Away from the spotlight and media like Colin Cowherd, John Feinstein and Adam Schefter, among others, the name Jimmy DeChambeau has never had to be typed before his name at all.
But now that he sits atop the latest rankings of golfers and freshman, both in the top 10, there is a lot of chatter about how this iconic name will have a prominent role in the sport for years to come.
But what exactly is Jimmy DeChambeau? And why has everyone so far been more focused on his plays than the great golf?
There is one question, though, you’ve probably never asked: Who is DeChambeau, really? Here’s a quick guide for those that are relatively new to the world of golf.
What is Jimmy DeChambeau?
Tommy Gainey has a funny observation about the 32-year-old golfer.
“I feel like I am a nerd,” Gainey said. “And Jimmy knows how to write on a plane. He must be brilliant. I didn’t really understand golf when I was growing up. A while back, I met him and he just had like a few, ‘Oh, he’s a smart kid.’ He knows everything. I have never met anyone in my life that’s a nerd as much as him.”
DeChambeau plays swing consultant for Golf Channel
After finishing up his freshman year of college, he started a full-time job with Golf Channel, originally as a data analyst and video producer and then as a swing consultant. He also plays a video role for Golf Channel’s weekly “Golf Right Now” program, filming himself playing the game before discussing his personal philosophy and putting together something of a stock video of his own swing.
DeChambeau holds spots in the top five in the world golf rankings, based on his No. 5 career win as well as three of those titles this year. He finished tied for 24th at the PGA Championship, then tied for second at the CareerBuilder Challenge before finishing tied for 10th at the Hero World Challenge on December 21.
DeChambeau’s golf approach includes combinations of a seven-wood, two irons and three tees. It often involves chipping the ball back up to the green from 40 to 50 yards away to set up the putt. And then there is DeChambeau’s approach to his 21st Hole: a tidy and clean swing.
Watch: Goal, then perfect placement on 19th hole by star Jimmy DeChambeau https://t.co/lzqHbjCeHC pic.twitter.com/8AuJGHe1gp — Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) December 22, 2018
“I’m comfortable playing the course like this,” DeChambeau said. “I’m driving the ball well and my putter is pretty solid, so if you just have a really solid ball-striking day and you chip out of trouble, you are usually right around par most days.”