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Monday, 08 April 2019
Bryson DeChambeau  (Getty Images)
Bryson DeChambeau (Getty Images)

Bryson DeChambeau has not ruled out his chances of following in the footsteps of Danny Willett and Sergio Garcia when he tees it up at Augusta National this week.

The 25-year-old is hoping to continue a recent trend where the winner of Omega Dubai Desert Classic has added the Masters Tournament to their collection three months later, like Willett and Garcia did in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

The World Number Six won his first European Tour crown earlier in the season when he cruised to a record breaking seven stroke victory in Dubai in January for his fourth worldwide trophy in nine starts during a superb run of form over the turn of the year.

A tie for sixth at the Saudi International powered by SBIA followed in February and he has also made two further top 20 finishes on the US PGA Tour in a consistent 2019 thus far.

I've been fortunate to win a lot of tournaments using the equipment that I've had so far - Bryson DeChambeau

"I think a lot of it's coincidence," DeChambeau said. "From a mathematical perspective, you've got to look at the time that the Omega Dubai Desert Classic was played, how many of those players have won the Masters that same year? If you look at it from that perspective, it's not likely.

"But in the small sample set that you gave me, yes, it's very, very likely that it would happen.

"I would say that gives me a great feel and sense that may happen, but in preparation, you've still got to go prepare and go out and execute and win.

"So it's not necessarily the case, but definitely makes me feel good. And I still have to go out there and execute every shot to the best of my ability.

"I think at that point in time with the Omega Dubai Desert Classic champions previous, they were playing well leading up and hopefully I'm doing the same thing."

DeChambeau admitted that preparation for this year has differed compared to his previous two appearances at Augusta National, but he is confident that the slight changes could help him claim a maiden Green Jacket.

"I've been fortunate to win a lot of tournaments using the equipment that I've had so far and it's been great, and by no means is it bad at all, but there's always that little bit of room for improvement," the American added.

"So we've been working quite heavily this past week in trying to figure out some things that could give me an advantage this week.

"I believe that my preparation is a little more intense, I would say. I have to work a little harder to get some insight into some things than other places, but that's fine.

"Definitely the experience helps. I will say the experience definitely helps, and the more I'm here, the more I can understand, start to understand what's kind of happening in these unique situations that present themselves."

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