By Andrew Both
AUGUSTA, Ga. (Reuters) – Bryson DeChambeau pulled his first two drives, hit his tee shot into shrubbery on the fourth and by no means recovered on his strategy to a dismal four-over-par 76 within the opening spherical on the Masters on Thursday.
One of the pre-tournament favourites, DeChambeau is the longest hitter within the subject, and he unveiled a new driver that he hopes will make him even longer.
But golf is about greater than brute energy, and his accuracy and judgment have been sadly missing at Augusta National as he did not reap the benefits of benign late afternoon situations after the wind abated.
He will want a close to miracle to win now, 11 strokes behind English chief Justin Rose.
No winner has come from greater than seven pictures behind after 18 holes right here.
“I personally didn’t swing it that bad, just it’s golf, man,” he mentioned.
Though he bought away with some poor drives early, DeChambeau’s day began to unravel on the par-three fourth, the place he virtually misplaced his ball in thick bushes behind the inexperienced, solely finding it with the assistance of enjoying competitor Adam Scott.
Five months in the past on the earlier gap DeChambeau truly misplaced a ball on the third gap, unable to search out it throughout the allowed three minutes.
This time he was capable of stab his ball out of the bushes, catastrophe seemingly averted, solely to three-putt from off the placing floor.
It hardly bought higher after that.
He couldn’t bottle the magic of that runaway six-shot win ultimately 12 months’s U.S. Open, the place he produced a bludgeoning show of never-seen-before brute pressure that overwhelmed the Winged Foot course.
Ever the analyst, DeChambeau contemplated how you can stage a comeback right here on a course that he mentioned positioned calls for on his sport not seen elsewhere.
“I need to understand how the ball flies off of downhill slopes into uphill greens, and conversely uphill slopes into downhill greens, and all of the above,” he mentioned.
“We just can’t calculate and adjust the numbers very well.”
(Reporting by Andrew Both; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)