Defending Open champion Ernie Els was left frustrated with the conditions after the South African struggled through a round of 74 at Muirfield on Friday.
The 43-year-old four-time major champion was clearly upset after his round was ruined when he made bogeys on the 17th and 18th despite hitting the middle of the fairway with his tee-shots.
“I’m getting nothing out of it, I’m very frustrated,” Els told reporters.
“I just made two bogeys from the middle of the bloody fairway.
“I’m hitting it nicely, I’m hitting it solidly. I’m trying to do the right thing (but) it’s quite difficult out there.
“It’s a links golf course, it’s what you’re going to get,” he added.
“It’s firm, it’s brown.
It’s bouncing all over the place.
“It’s tough to control your ball and it’s a pretty tough battle out there.”
Despite his struggles on the East Lothian links course so far this week, last year’s winner was relieved to have made the cut.
“I love links golf and I’m trying to be as positive as I can but for some reason I guess I got all my breaks last year [when he won at Royal Lytham],” Els continued.
“I’m not getting anything and it’s just not going my way (although) you’re never out of a major if you are playing at the weekend.”
He has good memories of Harding Park and is hoping he can be in contention for a second major title.
The American pair opened strongly on Sunday to eke out a gap on the chasing pack.
DeChambeau’s physical transformation has been the main talking point since golf’s return to action following the coronavirus shutdown.
Sam Horsfield was literally lost for words after his maiden European Tour win.
The American sits atop the leaderboard despite a mixed third round on Saturday.
The Englishman saw a commanding lead cut after a stuttering back nine.
Brooks Koepka made a not-so-subtle dig at Bryson DeChambeau’s “anthill” moment from the first round in Memphis.
The tournament marked the resumption of the tour.
Horsfield fired an eagle and seven birdies in a second round of 63 at the Forest of Arden to share the halfway lead with Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez.