COBRA Puma Golf has announced the signing of new professional Bryson DeChambeau, just days after the 22-year-old competed in his first Masters Tournament.
Rumours swirled last week at Augusta National that a partnership with Cobra Puma was imminent for the young Californian after he donned Puma apparel at Augusta National Golf Club and used custom Cobra clubs for periods of the tournament.
DeChambeau's equipment has been one of golf's biggest talking points since he burst onto the global scene in 2015, becoming just the fifth player in history to claim the NCAA Men's Individual Championship and US Amateur title in the same year.
He followed that with a T2 result at the Australian Masters at Huntingdale prior to Christmas, carding a Sunday 67 that almost saw him snatch the gold jacket from veteran Peter Senior.
He also famously used a bag of Edel irons that are all the length of a standard 7-iron and a custom counter-balanced putter.
The unique DeChambeau has made headlines around the world with his unique style, employing a single-plane swing so he can recreate the same movement no matter which club he is using.
It was confirmed that the Southern Methodist University alum would turn professional this week ahead of the PGA Tour's RBC Heritage at Hilton Head, the first of up to seven exemptions he can use for the rest of the 2016 PGA Tour season.
The young American will be looking to earn enough prize money in those starts in order to secure a PGA Tour card for next season, replicating the effort of Australian Cameron Smith in 2015 and Jordan Spieth in 2013.
DeChambeau will step out at Harbour Town Golf Links this week in Puma apparel, accessories and footwear, retaining his iconic Hogan Driver Cap and, similar to Rickie Fowler, sporting the colours of his alumni (SMU's red, white and blue) on Sundays.
“Bryson has this unique combination of talent, ingenuity and personality that makes him such a dynamic golfer and a great fit for the Cobra Puma Golf brands," said Robert Philion, president & CEO of Cobra Puma Golf.
“Right away we noticed his progressive approach to the game, which is rooted in science and art, along with his passion and dedication. We can’t be more thrilled to have him as part of our Cobra Puma Golf family.”
ONE OF A KIND DECHAMBEAU'S SWING AND CLUBS:
"I believe that I found the perfect partner in Cobra Puma Golf,” said DeChambeau in a press release.
“The Cobra and Puma brands complement my style, attitude and desire to be innovative, while allowing me to continue to be myself, and think outside the box.
"I’m really thrilled to be part of this cutting-edge and creative company.”
DeChambeau entered last week's Masters Tournament with an astounding amount of confidence that he could become the first ever amateur to win the event.
He eventually finished in a share of 21st but was in the thick of things up until the halfway mark of the tournament.
A pair of 72s in his opening two rounds had DeChambeau in a share of eighth position on Friday evening, leaving many believing he could pull off the unthinkable and win at Augusta National in his first attempt while still an amateur.
His first tee time as a professional is 1:30pm local time on Thursday at Hilton Head, playing alongside countrymen Michael Kim and Kelly Mitchum.
bRYSON DECHAMBEAU - WHAT'S IN THE BAG:
DRIVER: Cobra King F6+ Pro 7° | Oban Kiyoshi Tour Limited 70X | 45 in” | weight removed
FAIRWAY WOOD: Cobra King F6 14.2° | Oban Kiyoshi Tour Limited 70X | 43 in” | 61.5°
UTILITY: KING Utility Iron 18.5° D | Project X HZRDUS Black Hybrid 6.5 105x
IRONS: Edel Prototype (3-P) | KBS Tour C-Taper Lite 115X |37.5 in”, 73° | Lofts: 25 (3), 30 (5), 34 (6), 38 (7), 42 (8), 46 (P)
WEDGES: Cobra King V Grind 50°, 55° and 60° | 37.5 in” 73°