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Bryson DeChambeau is known for long distance, but this is something entirely different.
The PGA Tour’s long hitter left the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte after finishing the first two rounds at 2-over par because he was of the belief he was going to miss the cut. He was in about 90th place when he wrapped and only the top 65 advanced to the weekend.
But scores across the field worsened as winds picked up Friday afternoon at Quail Hollow and DeChambeau’s score ended up just good enough to sneak into the top 65.
The only problem? He was en route home to Dallas when he found out his tee time for the third round was 8:10 a.m. Saturday.
“Well, whoops. That was a mistake,” DeChambeau said to a friend, according to reports.
So, while most of the competition was resting, DeChambeau embarked on a 1,800-mile, round-trip journey. He returned east via private jet.
“We did a lot of scrambling last night to get back,” DeChambeau said, according to ESPN. “One of the scenarios was turning right back around, but the crew couldn’t do it. So we had to get a new crew, and we were like, ‘Well, let’s just go in the morning.’
“So I left at 2:45 [a.m.] on a flight, and I got here at 6:20 a.m. Drove 30 minutes to the golf course, put on my clothes in the locker room and headed out to the putting green. I did get a workout last night, though.”
On little sleep and admittedly “very tired,” DeChambeau converted five birdies and briefly climbed into the top 10 but finished with a double bogey on the 18th hole to shoot a 68.
“For whatever reason, I just feel like the more weird things happen to me, the greater my resolve sometimes can be,” DeChambeau said. “And today was a case of that.”
The mistake was “way too expensive,” but DeChambeau figured he could recoup some money with a strong payday at the tournament. He isn’t going to leave until the official word he is has been cut in the future.
“Energy level is, out of 10, I’m probably a 1 1/2 right now,” he said. “I’m not the brightest in the world. I was pleased with my game today. I was really encouraged by the way I played.”
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