Bryson DeChambeau struggled against the English Channel wind and the thick thatches of rough at Royal St. George’s.
The Clubmaker and him Got into an Argument, and the Clubmaker Left the Room.
The defending U.S. Open champion went 1-over par and tied for 74th following the first round of the British Open on Thursday. He initially blamed his driver for his wayward tee shots, but later walked that statement back after receiving criticism from a Cobra representative.
DeChambeau tweeted an Instagram apology at roughly 11 p.m. local time, in which he admitted, “I sucked today, not my equipment.” “I feel terrible about the extremely inappropriate remark I made in today’s post-round interview. My feelings over the manner I drove the ball finally came to a head.
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Instead of using his newfound power to outdrive his competitors, DeChambeau had to use it to simply muscle his way out of the thigh-high rough when he made his links debut on the shores of Sandwich Bay. Only four of his fourteen fairways were touched, and he had five bogeys and four birdies for a final score seven strokes behind the 18-hole leader, Louis Oosthuizen.
I’m happy if I can just get it in the middle of the fairway. But the driver is terrible right now,” he continued. We’re still trying to figure out how to make up for the mishits, but it’s not a nice face for me. I’m always on the verge of disaster.
Tour operations manager at Cobra Ben Schomin told Golfweek that no one has a swing as powerful as Bryson DeChambeau, making it difficult to build clubs.
“Everybody’s bending over backwards,” Schomin, who assists DeChambeau in creating custom clubs, said. Aware of the situation, he says, “He knows it. When he says something so inane, it hurts so bad.
DeChambeau claimed he felt sorry since he considered the Cobra team “like family to me, especially Ben Schomin.”
I sincerely apologise for my past remarks,” he wrote. I am always striving to get better and better. A part of that is why I can become so agitated in public sometimes. Both my game and my ability to keep my emotions in check are works in progress.
Two out of the three times that DeChambeau has competed in the British Open, he has failed to make the tournament’s cut. He believes that the weather, and not links golf itself, is to blame for the sport’s reputation for difficulty.
After his practise round, he commented on the weather, saying, “The times I’ve played in the British Opens in the past, I guess they’ve been a little rainy and windy.” He went on to say that he had played well at the 2015 Walker Cup, which was held at Royal Lytham & St. Annes. “In general, I have a hard time with that.”
But that was before he bulked up by forty pounds, allowing him to swing more quickly, hit the ball further, and gain a significant advantage by using shorter clubs to the green regardless of where the ball lies in the rough.
He hasn’t done well in a major since winning at Winged Foot, and his bad start at Royal St. George’s is only the latest in a string of similar results.
He finished tied for 34th at the November Masters, tied for 46th in the April Masters, tied for 38th at the PGA Championship, and tied for 26th at the U.S. Open, which he led by one stroke in the final round.