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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Articles tagged: Bryson DeChambeau

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

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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

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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

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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.

Four sleepers to keep an eye on at the Masters

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The experts and oddsmakers have weighed in on this year’s Masters, and it appears they believe the winner of a three-way battle between Jason Day, Jordan Speith and Rory McIlroy will take home the Green Jacket. This group is as highly decorated as it comes, featuring the defending champion (Spieth), the World Golf Rankings’ top player (Day) and a young superstar one major away from a career grand slam (McIlroy). But, invariably, a longshot emerges in this tournament, captivating the audience, sometimes even carrying a lead into Saturday. Here are four sleepers to keep an eye on as action begins on Thursday morning.
Smylie Kaufman

The 24-year-old was a standout at LSU before turning pro in 2014, and has really turned the corner this season. Kaufman’s improved game has him in the running for PGA Rookie of the Year honors. He’s teed it up in 14 events thus far, cracking the top-25 in half of those, while also posting three top-10 finishes along the way. His eighth place finish at Doral is particularly impressive given the overwhelming talent in that tournament. This may be his first crack at Augusta, but don’t be surprised if it’s Kaufman who makes the cut and some noise on the weekend.

Anirban Lahiri

Lahiri is just the third Indian golfer to ever compete at the Masters, joining Arjun Atwal and Jeev Milkha Singh. The bar was set for Indian golfers in 2008 by Singh, when he finished in a tie for 25th. Lahiri has the opportunity to out-do his fellow countryman, particularly if his putter gets hot. He’s currently 34th on tour in total putting. He doesn’t have the ideal length for the course, but the 100th-ranked FedEx Cup golfer has an excellent birdie conversion rate of 34.19 percent (17th). If he can get off to a hot start, he’ll be playing on the weekend for the second straight year.

Matthew Fitzpatrick

The young English superstar is short on experience but not on talent. His season got off to a wonderful start when he shot a final round 67 at the HSBC Champions tournament to finish in a tie for seventh. Since then, his play has been a bit uneven, but he nonetheless enters as the 43rd-ranked golfer in the Official World Golf Rankings. Fitzpatrick is also the ninth-best bunker player on tour and a very accurate golfer off the tee. He played poorly in the WGC Match Play, but that course has very little in common with the Masters. A confidently played opening round in the high-60s could lead to a surprising run for the 21-year-old.

Bryson DeChambeau

This amateur will drive down Magnolia Lane carrying with him, arguably, more expectations for a first-timer at the Masters than any golfer before him. He’s crafted his own clubs, tailored his swing on a book written by an aircraft mechanic, and has already made a believer out of CBS’s Jim Nantz. The 22-year-old from SMU isn’t just a mad scientist either, he’s a natural born winner. In 2015, DeChambeau became just the fifth golfer in history to win both the NCAA Division-I Championship and the U.S. Amateur in the same year. He could he become the first amateur to win a coveted Green Jacket, and just the fact that golf experts are considering him a threat is wildly impressive.