SAN DIEGO – Bryson DeChambeau had gone 30 holes in a row without a bogey and after taking the corner at 2 under 33 he was just one stroke behind the leader in the final round of Sunday’s US Open at Torrey Pines.
Then things imploded for the reigning US Open champion.
DeChambeau had back-to-back bogey on numbers 11 and 12, followed by a double bogey 7 on the 13th and a quadruple bogey 8 on the 17th.
DeChambeau finished his final round 6-over 77, including an 8-over 44 on the second nine. He finished 26th in a tie at 3 over 287.
“I’m not at all out of joint. It’s golf,” said DeChambeau. “People will say I did this or that and it’s just golf. I’ve had many times where I’ve scored much worse than today and I’ve won. It’s just one of those things that I don’t do that had real breaks. ” happen at the right time. I could easily have reached 7-, 8-under today. I just wasn’t that confident with the golf swing and was a little unlucky in the rough and a few other spots. “
After playing the entire third round without a bogey – the first time in 67 career rounds in a major – he also played the first 10 holes without a bogey on Sunday.
On the par 3 eighth hole, DeChambeau hit his tee shot within one turn when he was an ace. His birdie put him at 5 for the solo lead.
Not long after that, things quickly unraveled. After a par on the 10th hole, DeChambeau’s tee shot went all the way to the right on the 11th par-3 and landed near the grandstand. He chipped about 8 feet past the hole and made two putti for a bogey. At par-4, 505-yard 12, he hit his drive into the right rough and hit his second shot on the green. From there, he made three putti for another bogey and dropped it on 3-under.
The real damage came at holes 13 and 17. He slipped on tee 13 when he hit his drive and his ball landed back in the right rough. He could hit his second shot only 145 yards out of the deep rough, leaving him 191 yards to the hole. He hit his ball into a front bunker and then sailed his fourth shot across the green. He chipped and made two putts for a double bogey 7.
“Unfortunately, [I] “I’ve had one bad break after another,” said DeChambeau. “I played two little strokes off the green, both weird lies, both tried to get cute with them and screwed it up on 13.”
On 17, DeChambeau tore his tee shot into a ravine, shot a penalty and hit his third shot into a bunker. With one foot in the bunker and one outside, he threw his ball over the green. In the end, he took a quadruple bogey 8.
“I hit a great second shot – well, third shot and the ball just spun too much,” said DeChambeau. “The wind eased and it landed briefly and came back from that leading edge in a really, really bad lie. I tried to just chop it off and I just caught the hosel off a strange line.”
It wasn’t the defense DeChambeau had hoped for. It was the fourth major in a row that he ended up outside the top 25 since winning the 2020 US Open with 6 shots at Winged Foot.
“It is what it is,” he said. “It’s golf. It’s life. I’m just proud that I can hold my head now. I’m fine. I’m fine.”
DeChambeau said he wouldn’t stew long over the way he played the last eight holes.
“I don’t care,” he said. “People think I’ve changed a lot, my attitude and everything. It’s frustrating the moment it happens, but after that I don’t care that much anymore. I’ve already won it.”