Bryson DeChambeau: Hot Start at Abu Dhabi (Video)

Bryson DeChambeau delivered a stunning 1st round 64 and has set the pace at Abu Dhabi with his one-plane swing.

Bryson DeChambeau, sporting his signature cap, has establioshed a one-shot overnight lead after the 1st round at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.

I’m not surprised. I put him in the top 10 contenders for Abu Dhabi in my pre-tournament power rankings. Never mind that Bryson DeChambeau has a pack of champions – Henrik Stenson, Rory McIlroy, Richard Bland and, a bit further back, Jordan Spieth – in hot pursuit. He handled his first round admirably.

The defending US Amateur and NCAA Champion showed us a preview of what’s to come in a pro career that won’t become official for a few months.

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DeChambeau stumbled a bit at the start with a bogey on the par-4 3rd but quickly recovered his rhythm with birdie on the par-3 4th and again on the par-4 5th. With an eagle on the par-5 8th the Texan who’s certain to become a contender on the big stage caught fire, putting another birdie on his card at the 9th – the most difficult hole on the golf course today – and making the turn at 32.

The back nine on the Abu Dhabi track brought more of the same. Putting four more birdies on his card, DeChambeau wrapped up the 1st round with an impressive 64 and the overnight lead. The pace for Abu Dhabi is now set.

What makes Bryson DeChambeau’s one-plane swing so powerful and accurate? Take a look at this swing analysis by Wayne Defrancesco:

No golfer is going to win a 72-hole tournament in the first round, but Bryson DeChambeau has done a splendid job of setting the pace with his 8-under par round. Now we’ll see how his game holds up when Henrik Stenson, Rory McIlroy, Andy Sullivan and Jordan Spieth turn up the heat.

Second round play begins Friday, January 22 at 7:20 am local time (Thursday, January 21, 11:20pm ET). DeChambeau, who is paired with David Drysdale and Chris Paisley, tees off at 1:15pm local time on Friday (4:15am ET).

You can follow DeChambeau’s Abu Dhabi performance as well as the much-discvussed Jordan Spieth-Rory McIlroy Duel in the Desert at Abu Dhabi with ProGolfNow on Twitter and our Facebook page.