AUGUSTA, Ga., Nov 12 (Reuters) – Bryson DeChambeau smashed his tee photographs large distances however discovered his share of hassle en path to a two-under-par 70 within the opening spherical on the Masters on Thursday.
Deciding in opposition to utilizing the 48-inch driver he had been tinkering with on observe days, DeChambeau as a substitute stayed with the extra normal 45.5-inch shaft that he wielded so brilliantly to win the current U.S. Open by six strokes.
However Augusta Nationwide generally is a powerful beast to tame, and an early double-bogey on the par-five thirteenth left the American behind the proverbial eight-ball.
Ultimately, he was completely satisfied along with his rating, his temper helped by a 365-yard drive down the center at his ultimate gap that arrange birdie and left him 5 strokes behind chief Paul Casey.
“This golf course, as a lot as I’m attempting to assault it, it will probably chunk again,” he mentioned.
“It’s an incredible check of golf it doesn’t matter what manner you play it. I attempted to tackle some danger at this time. It didn’t work out in addition to I assumed it will have, however on the finish of the day I’m happy with myself.”
DeChambeau hits his tee photographs with such ferocity that it appears each swing dangers severe again harm.
Enjoying companion Jon Rahm, one of many tour’s longest hitters, recurrently discovered himself 20 yards or so behind DeChambeau.
“There was a few them that had been actuality checks,” mentioned the Spaniard, who will not be used to being outhit.
“(On the eighth gap) he appeared to toe it and I hit mine good and he was nonetheless manner forward of me.
“However I feel at this time proves that regardless of how far you hit it, you continue to have to make the putts.”
DeChambeau, who began his spherical on the tenth gap, supplied a operating commentary as he performed, his feedback clearly audible within the spectator-free silence.
“Oh no,” he groaned after hitting an enormous hook from the eleventh tee, a shot so unhealthy he hit a provisional in case it was misplaced.
Fortune smiled on him, nevertheless, as his first shot resulted in a half first rate place and he saved par.
However Augusta reared up and bit him on the par-five thirteenth, the place he hooked his second shot into the azaleas left of the inexperienced, and once more hit a provisional that he lower into Rae’s Creek.
Watching a excessive quantity if he couldn’t discover his first ball, he was mightily relieved when his caddie situated it after a few minutes.
“Very, very (relieved), as a result of I hit my different one within the water and that was not going to be a enjoyable quantity,” he mentioned.
DeChambeau took a penalty stroke from the bush, and compounded his distress by duffing his chip on his strategy to an inglorious seven.
He fought again to get underneath par, however had a hiccup with a bogey at his sixteenth gap, the par-four seventh, the place he hooked his drive into the pines and air-mailed the inexperienced along with his second shot, leaving himself in an inconceivable place above the outlet and behind a bunker.
“This gap I’ve bought to determine tips on how to hit the golf green,” he muttered to his caddie, a glance of dismay on his face when he noticed the place his ball had stopped. (Reporting by Andrew Each, modifying by Ed Osmond)