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Bryson DeChambeau catches bad break with lost ball at Masters

Bryson DeChambeau lost ball

The Masters is being held without patrons this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the absence of fans may have cost Bryson DeChambeau a few strokes during the second round on Friday.

DeChambeau hit one of his token massive drives on the 3rd hole and missed the fairway to the left. While the shot was off the mark, it did not look like it would be difficult to locate. Unfortunately, no one ever found it.

“So you’re saying if we can’t find it it’s a lost ball?” DeChambeau could be heard asking the rules official. “How about casual water? I didn’t think you could lose a ball in casual water.”

The rules official explained that DeChambeau would be able to take a free drop if it was known “for 100 percent certain” that the ball landed in a specific area that was considered casual water or ground under repair. Since there was no way to confirm that, DeChambeau was out of luck.

DeChambeau had to go back to the tee to hit what was his third shot. The second drive landed in approximately the same area, but fortunately it was easier to find. He hit a bad shot for his fourth that went over the green and ended up with a triple-bogey seven.

There were heavy rains at Augusta National on Thursday that caused a weather delay, and that left the course wet. DeChambeau’s ball likely plugged in the ground because of the soft conditions. If fans were on the course, someone almost certainly would have seen where the ball landed.

Considering DeChambeau once snapped a driver in anger during a major championship (video here), we’re surprised he handled the bad break so calmly.

Bryson DeChambeau surprised by call with parents after winning US Open

Bryson DeChambeau

Bryson DeChambeau was emotional after being surprised by a video call with his parents after winning the US Open at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y.

DeChambeau on Sunday took home his first career major with an impressive performance in the final round. He shot 3-under par, which was the lowest score for the day by three strokes. He won the tournament by six strokes, shooting 6-under. Matthew Wolff was second at even par, while third place was eight behind DeChambeau at two over.

After the major, DeChambeau saw his parents on a video screen and got to talk with them. He was emotional upon seeing his mother.

DeChambeau got to chat with his parents and other family members for a few minutes. He appeared to enjoy getting to talk with them since they could not attend the event due to COVID-19.

Here was DeChambeau’s putt to seal the win:

DeChambeau has remade his body this year and faced some rumors from detractors. He’s been criticized for his slow play. And now he gets to show them all that he is a major champion.

Brooks Koepka trolled Bryson DeChambeau yet again

Brooks Koepka

Brooks Koepka couldn’t resist trolling Bryson DeChambeau this week.

Koepka and DeChambeau have had a lengthy back-and-forth, with most of it centering around criticism of how much time DeChambeau takes between shots. Things even got personal with a few jabs traded earlier this year.

On Thursday at the PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, Calif., Koepka had some fun with his nemesis.

“There’s no reason to be scientific with all the numbers and stuff like that on TrackMan, just go out and go play,” Koepka said in an interview with ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi.

Just in case you aren’t sure whether Koepka was trolling DeChambeau, keep in mind that he couldn’t resist smiling as he made his remark.

Koepka is known for his relaxed and carefree attitude, while DeChambeau is viewed as much more focused as a golf junkie, so their personality styles are in contrast.

Koepka has the edge at the PGA Championship so far. He is six under through two rounds, which is two back of the lead. DeChambeau is two under and tied for 25th.

Bryson DeChambeau breaks his driver during PGA Championship

Bryson DeChambeau

Bryson DeChambeau actually broke his driver during the first round of the PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, Calif. on Thursday.

DeChambeau hit his tee shot on the par 4, 347-yard 7th hole. The club head was still attached after his big drive, but then it fell off afterwards when he was leaning on it.

A local rule allowed him to replace the head of the driver. The manner in which he broke the club was not due to abuse, which is why he qualified for a replacement.

DeChambeau was two under through six holes prior to the driver mishap.

“That was weird,” DeChambeau was heard saying to his caddie. “Swinging too hard. Guess it’s all those swings I put in. It was bound to break.”

Breaking the club head probably won’t quiet all that PED talk Brandel Chamblee mentioned last month.

Brandel Chamblee defends Bryson DeChambeau against PED speculation

Bryson DeChambeau

Bryson DeChambeau’s newfound power on his drives has been the talk of golf this year, and his performance, along with his changed physique, has led to rumors about possible PED use. But Brandel Chamblee is not buying any of that.

DeChambeau, who failed to make the cut at the Memorial Tournament thanks to a horrific 15th hole, is first on the PGA Tour in distance, averaging 323 yards per drive. He’s put on about 20 pounds over the past few months thanks to a new diet and workout regimen. He won the Rocket Mortgage Classic two weeks ago and had been on a hot streak until missing the cut this week.

As for his big drives, Chamblee believes PEDs have nothing to do with it, and that DeChambeau deserves praise.

“Yes, power comes along every now and then that makes you shake your head. But it is very difficult to hit it long with any degree of accuracy. And that’s where, in my opinion, he’s not getting the respect or recognition, in that facet, that he deserves,” Chamblee said on the Golf Channel after Friday’s play at the Memorial.

Asked whether he really thinks DeChambeau is getting recognition, Chamblee responded.

“He is getting recognition, but it is — one, always veiled, because there’s a lot of people that think that he is taking PEDs. It’s everywhere on social media. I must get 50 of those messages a day. Believe me, the PGA Tour is testing,” said Chamblee.

“Besides that, if he actually did do this, and it came out that he was, which I not for one second believe that he did, it would ruin his life, it would ruin his reputation. You’re talking about a guy that lives for this game of golf; he doesn’t do anything else but play and practice. And when you follow Bryson DeChambeau’s career, there is a strong sense of character, and a strong sense of respect for the traditions of the game. So there’s not one chance that he’s taking the PEDs.

“But beyond that, people are saying he’s hitting it nine miles because of the weight gain. He’s not getting enough respect, in my view, for hitting the ball far and straight. Because that’s the hardest thing to do in the game of golf.”

In addition to Chamblee seeing the accusations, DeChambeau has too.

Back in June, he responded to an Instagram commenter who suggested he was on PEDs, saying that his work ethic shouldn’t be discounted.

The 26-year-old from Modesto, Calif. has heard the noise and is dismissing it.

He has six PGA Tour wins and is still searching for his top-10 finish at a major.

Video: Bryson DeChambeau hilariously counts his shots after disastrous hole

Bryson DeChambeau

Bryson DeChambeau has never been as relatable to the average golfer as he was on Friday.

On the 15th hole during his second round at the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield in Dublin, Ohio on Friday, DeChambeau carded a 10 — a quintuple bogey — as he channeled “Tin Cup.”

The moment that DeChambeau tried to tally up all the shots he took on the hole felt like every weekend golfer who struggles through a round.

DeChambeau drove off the fairway on his tee shot. He took a drop and went with his 3-wood from the rough. He put two straight shots out of bounds before finally getting one in bounds. But then he hit a shot up against a fence that was ruled out of bounds by two officials despite DeChambeau’s insistence to the contrary. He eventually got his 10, leading to the funny video moment.

The poor hole put him 6 over for the round and resulted in him missing his first cut since Greenbrier.

Brooks Koepka has awesome response to latest shot from Bryson DeChambeau

Brooks Koepka

Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau have developed a bit of a rivalry off the course, and they have kept that going this week with their latest round of trash talk.

The topic of Koepka’s physique somehow came up while DeChambeau was streaming live on Twitch on Wednesday, and DeChambeau said he was not impressed by Koepka’s photos in ESPN’s “Body Issue.” More specifically, DeChambeau said Koepka does not have any abs.

DeChambeau says he added about 25 pounds of muscle during fall months, so he must be feeling confident in his own physical appearance. But even if he is in better shape than Koepka, Brooks fired back with the best possible response.

There isn’t much DeChambeau can say about that. Koepka has won four majors — two US Opens and two PGA Championships. DeChambeau has five wins on the PGA Tour but has not finished higher than 15th in a major.

DeChambeau obviously is not a huge fan of Koepka, as Brooks is one of those who has openly criticized DeChambeau’s playing style. Regardless, there is no arguing who has had the better golf career to this point. No matter what DeChambeau says about Koepka, Koepka can always refer to the hardware.

H/T LBS reader Wardo

Bryson DeChambeau on slow play critics: I already ‘play fast enough’

Bryson DeChambeau

Bryson DeChambeau has been irritated by all the criticism he’s received over his pace of play and is defending himself.

DeChambeau’s slow play became an issue this week after video circulated of him taking two minutes to hit an 8-foot putt at The Northern Trust in Jersey City, New Jersey on Friday. Justin Thomas, who was paired with DeChambeau for the first two rounds of the event, called DeChambeau a “slow golfer” and said he needs to be faster.

“I should have just said something to him in person. I didn’t say anything on social media,” Thomas said, via Golf Channel. “I like Bryson as a person but he’s a slow golfer. A lot of people I like that are just slow. They need to play faster.”

DeChambeau’s slow play has been a topic all year. In January, Brooks Koepka said he didn’t understand why DeChambeau takes so long on some of his shots. DeChambeau and Koepka ended up talking Sunday morning to sort things out:

Golf Digest posted a photo and quote on Instagram Sunday about the talk between DeChambeau and Koepka. A fan asked DeChambeau in the comments section of the post whether he was “going to play faster or not?”

DeChambeau wrote back, saying “already play fast enough. Some situations take longer than others. That putt on 8 was way too long I agree!”

Well, that is some progress. He acknowledged he took too long on that particular putt, though he doesn’t believe he poses a problem otherwise. Several golfers feel differently.

Watch: Bryson DeChambeau saves his first ever hole-in-one for Masters

Bryson DeChambeau

Bryson DeChambeau is one of the best golfers in the world, but he entered the final round of the Masters on Sunday having never experienced a hole-in-one. That changed before the day was over.

DeChambeau gave the fans at Augusta National their first big highlight of the day with a hole-in-one on the 16th.

As Jim Nantz mentioned on the CBS broadcast, it was the first ever hole-in-one of the 25-year-old’s life. To make the story even more remarkable, DeChambeau missed a hole-in-one on the same hole by about an inch earlier in the tournament. While he’s not going to win a green jacket this year, DeChambeau is leaving Augusta with one of the highlights of his golf career.

Watch: Bryson DeChambeau narrowly misses hole-in-one, eagle

Bryson DeChambeau

Bryson DeChambeau finished a great first day at the Masters on Thursday that saw him shoot six under for the round, but he’s probably thinking about what could have been.

DeChambeau nearly had a hole-in-one on the 172-yard par-3 16th hole. His 8-iron rolled inches past the hole:

He still ended up with a birdie on the hole. Then on the par 4 18th, DeChambeau nearly sank an eagle shot from 196 yards:

The flag stick was not kind to him. Upon watching the replay on ESPN, DeChambeau exclaimed, “Oh my gosh, I guess I should have pulled the flag stick!”

DeChambeau still birdied the final four holes and picked up six birdies overall on the back nine. He finished the round with an impressive six-under 66.