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Big time: Bryson DeChambeau is eager to win a title this year
Big time: Bryson DeChambeau is eager to win a title this year

By Phil Casey

Bryson DeChambeau admits a rejuvenated Tiger Woods is likely to have a say in his plans to claim a maiden Major title this season.

DeChambeau won four times on the PGA Tour in 2018 and made his Ryder Cup debut alongside Woods at Le Golf National, where the United States suffered a heavy defeat to Europe.

The World No.5 is the top-ranked player in the field for this week's Omega Dubai Desert Classic and has his sights set on a first European Tour title before turning his attention to the game's four biggest prizes.

"I played well on this golf course here a couple years ago," said DeChambeau, who was still an amateur when he finished 18th in Dubai in 2016.

"I didn't putt very well but I think we figured out why. I'm looking forward to a really good week. The game is in great shape, hitting it well, putting it well.

"I'm honestly just excited to try and capture an international victory. That's really what I want to do this week. I've set my sights on an international win, and then also Majors, for sure.

"Coming off two top-10 finishes (in Hawaii) not playing my best, I think there's room for improvement and if I'm able to successfully improve a little bit here and there with putting and iron play, and make the correct adjustments that the course affords me, I'll be right there at the end of the week. I just have to finish the job."

DeChambeau is yet to record a top-10 finish in his 10 Major appearances, although he was 21st as an amateur in the 2016 Masters and qualified for the US Open at Oakmont two months later, where he finished 15th.

This year's US Open is at Pebble Beach, where Woods won by 15 shots in 2000, while the US PGA is at Bethpage Black, where Woods regained the title in 2002.

Woods has also won the Masters four times and has already been tipped by Tommy Fleetwood to end an 11-year Major drought this year.

"Hopefully I have something to say on that," DeChambeau said with a smile. "But I think there's a lot of other good players as well now. He's spurred a lot of incredible young players; he influenced me to become better."

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