Bryson DeChambeau rues late error that cost him chance at Charles Schwab victory
Bryson DeChambeau was left to count the cost of an error at the 17th as he finished one shot out of a play-off at the Charles Schwab Challenge in Texas.
The 26-year-old turned heads at Colonial this week sporting a whopping 25 pounds of added muscle, but his golf game certainly caught the eye as well.
DeChambeau missed out on the play-off between Daniel Berger and Collin Morikawa, won by Berger, by a single stroke, but if it hadn’t been for a costly error at the penultimate hole, he might well have been holding the trophy.
In position to win, tied for the lead at 15-under as he played the 17th, he misjudged his approach shot, and it flew over the green for a bogey.
Asked how he felt about the disappointing finish, DeChambeau said: “You know, I knew it wasn’t over yet and that there were some tough holes coming in.
“I played some great golf. I didn’t even play any competitive golf or even 18 holes coming into this tournament from quarantine, so I’m pretty excited about the path that I’m on with the driving, and my wedging has even got better.
“But the putting just wasn’t there for whatever reason on Saturday and Sunday. I feel like if I just would have made a couple more putts yesterday and today I would have ran away with it.
“It’s one of those things… I have to figure out how to make more putts.”
As for what exactly happened at 17, DeChambeau admitted he lost control of the approach shot.
“I hit a perfect six-iron to what I thought was down the middle of the fairway, but we were in the first cut unfortunately,” he said.
“When I hit that shot the thing just came off like a missile for some reason. I felt like I controlled the distance but it just came out really hot. The wind picked up and it flew over the green.
“There was nothing I could do. It was one of those jumpers that jumps ten extra yards.
“I don’t know how to control that yet, but it was a mistake. It wasn’t really expected, it’s just something that happens sometimes.
“That one cost me a lot.”
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