Owings Mills, Maryland — Bryson DeChambeau stood next to a golf bag on his first tee, wondering which club to hit on Saturday’s third round opening hole at the BMW Championship. When he regained an iron instead of a powerful driver, a moan erupted from a fan packed in a stand overlooking the tee.
DeChambeau turned around, shrugged and said, “Sorry, the next hole.”
“We want the driver to have all the holes,” exclaimed.
“I know,” DeChambeau muttered. “know.”
For DeChambeau, it has been difficult for everyone to be happy in the last two months. This is another good luck in the whimsical world he has lived in since early 2020. Properly a club on the outskirts of Baltimore with a topographically diverse layout above and below Cave’s Valley Golf. It has been changed to DeChambeau in the last two days.
On Saturday, the day after the par 12 under 60 gave the tournament lead, DeChambeau was almost dissonant when he shot a 5 under 67 in a round that included an eagle, 5 birdies, and 2 in a series of holes. Bogey and double bogey. Patrick Cantlay, who started the day by one stroke, shot 66 and drew DeChambeau 21 under in the lead of the entire tournament.
But we’ll talk more about that later.
First, I will summarize the topsy-filled summer of 2021 for the dividing American golfers.
In June, defending champion DeChambeau, who led the final stage of the US Open, fell 44 in the last nine holes. He believed in bad luck.
Within two weeks, DeChambeau broke up with Tim Tucker, a longtime caddy who had a DeChambeau golf bag for each of his eight PGA Tour wins. A few days before the next major championship, the British Open, DeChambeau couldn’t shout “fore” and had to resist the accusations that he threatened the crowd with a long, sometimes capricious tee shot path. bottom. Then, after a half-opening round at the event, he categorically blamed his driver for his troubles, and it was from the representative of his equipment sponsor, Cobra, who compared DeChambeau with an eight-year-old kid. Brought a quick blame for. DeChambeau apologized.
Later that month, he was one of the four American golfers who participated in the Tokyo Olympics, but DeChambeau had to withdraw because he tested positive on the Covid test. He said he wasn’t vaccinated because he was young and healthy and didn’t want to take that dose from those who needed it more. His remark was ridiculed.
All of this is set against the backdrop of an ongoing social media feud with his fellow tour pro Brooks Koepka. Brooks Koepka is exacerbated by a noisy laughing fan at the tour gallery, “Let’s go, Brooks-y.”
For example, consider this exchange between spectators with a third green Saturday.
Hearing the cheers after DeChambeau birded the hole, the boy asked his father, “Is Bryson everyone’s favorite?”
“Yes, everyone likes Bryson,” the man replied.
A fan standing nearby said, “I won’t Brooks.”
Within a few weeks, DeChambeau and Koepka will represent one-sixth of the 12-man American team in the Ryder Cup. There is more tension between teammates, even if everyone is on good terms.
What does DeChambeau think of everything that has happened since June?
It’s hard to say that DeChambeau refused to speak to reporters reporting on the PGA Tour in the weeks following admitting that he hadn’t been vaccinated with the Covid, except for the tour’s broadcast partners and the golf press. Contributor.
On Saturday, DeChambeau started the round with a regular birdie on the 3rd hole of par 3, but sank a 25-foot eagle putt on the 4th hole of par 5 and a 53-foot eagle putt on the 5th hole of par 4. I did. DeChambeau made a turn at 30 o’clock, knocking a second shot on the 11th hole of par 4, and continued the cruise when he reached within 1 foot of the hole to lead another birdie and Cantlay by 4 strokes. However, on the approach shot on the 12th, DeChambeau sliced a long iron into an adjacent pond. (Broadcast microphones picked up DeChambeau blaming mud stains on the missed ball, but TV camerawork seems to indicate that DeChambeau’s club face is open. Triggered a slice.)
Miskew led to DeChambeau’s first bogey on the 30th hole, and he followed the retreat by dropping another ball into the water to protect the front of the 13th hole on par 3. The error led to a double bogey. The large, noisy crowd chasing DeChambeau was like thunder.
However, DeChambeau rebounded by draining a 10-foot birdie putt on the 14th and 16th holes. He also needed four shots to reach the 489-yard par 4 15th hole and made a bogey. After all, 67 was a great score, considering that DeChambeau only hit 9 out of 14 fairways. But he was second in the field of mileage.
A major and orderly player, Cantlay charged more consistently with 7 pars of Eagle, Birdie and Front Nine. Cantlay, who played against DeChambeau and US Open champion Jon Rahm, was frustrated by other members of the group and made birdies for three consecutive holes starting on the 11th. Cantlay was supposed to be the leader of the third round of the solo until the tee shot on the 18th hole found a rough and catalyzed the closing bogey.
Still, with seven holes left in the third round, he was dragging with four strokes, so Cantlay was then asked if DeChambeau was energized when he put the two balls in the water.
“No, I just worked on my business and felt almost the same,” said Cantlay, who rarely shows emotions on the golf course. “I’m just trying to stay in my little bubbles. I feel that it’s the best way to get to my job and the best chance to succeed.”