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Bryson: ‘I am going to be taught from’ final-round 65 at Open

Jul 18, 2021

  • Bob HarigESPN Senior Author


    • Senior golf author for ESPN.com
    • Coated golf for greater than 20 years
    • Earned Evans Scholarship to attend Indiana College

SANDWICH, England — After making 5 birdies with no bogey for a final-round 65 at Royal St. George’s, and customarily feeling like that’s the worst he may have shot, Bryson DeChambeau was left to ponder the place all that stable golf was earlier within the week.

A tumultuous week at The Open got here to a pleasant, calm, benign finish Sunday for DeChambeau, who went out early on a sun-splashed morning and found out just a few issues in regards to the hyperlinks sport that pissed off him on the onset of the match and prompted a rant towards his tools firm that resulted in an apology.

“Everytime you shoot 5-under at a significant championship, particularly the Open Championship, the place I am not used to it … performed American golf my complete life and performed over right here just a few instances with not an excessive amount of success,” DeChambeau mentioned. “It is nice to get one thing below my belt for subsequent yr.

“I felt like I perceive extra the best way to play Open Championship-style golf. If I may get a little bit bit higher on the greens, right now I shoot 8- or 9-under. It may have been a deep one right now. I am very proud to shoot 5-under — very, very proud of that, and I am going to be taught loads from it to subsequent yr.”

His opening-round 71 noticed him hit simply 4 fairways, that means DeChambeau did nicely to complete in simply 1-over par Thursday. However he went on a postround rant about his driver, saying it “sucks,” and thus calling out tools maker Cobra. The corporate issued its personal rebuke of the golfer, and it dominated headlines and clearly distracted DeChambeau in the course of the second spherical.

Slowly, he started to seek out some kind over the weekend. On Sunday, DeChambeau hit 15 greens, an enormous enchancment over Friday, his earlier greatest day of the week, when he hit 12. He completed tied for 33th at 2 under-par 278 and 13 strokes again of winner Collin Morikawa.

DeChambeau wanted 30 putts Sunday — he by no means broke that quantity throughout every other spherical, or his scores would have been higher.

This was simply DeChambeau’s fourth Open, and he admitted it’s the main championship that challenges him probably the most.

“Positively my wedges,” DeChambeau mentioned in regards to the weak a part of his sport this week. “And in addition the technique — making an attempt wedges, and likewise the technique. Attempting to know the best way to play to sure components of the green so I can get to sure pins successfully. I did not do this the primary few days. Began to be taught yesterday. In the present day I felt fairly snug even with the wind switching utterly. It was form of good to navigate my manner across the golf course.”

DeChambeau mentioned he would possibly arrive early subsequent yr to play the Scottish Open previous to The Open and get higher acclimated, and he is additionally wanting ahead to taking part in the Outdated Course at St. Andrews for the one hundred and fiftieth taking part in of the championship.

“I’ve by no means performed it,” he mentioned. “So I am actually wanting ahead to seeing what I can do on the market. If I can drive it rather well, I believe there’s quite a lot of alternatives. I’ve heard that. So, hey, possibly subsequent yr’s the golden ticket for me.”

Subsequent up for DeChambeau is the Olympics; he leaves for Tokyo subsequent Sunday.

“I need to compete for that gold,” he mentioned.

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