Bryson DeChambeau shot a 44 in the back nine of the final round at the U.S. Open Championship, which most would call a choke job. Not Bryson. He says he’s just the victim of bad luck at Torrey Pines.
“Nobody understands, at least if you play professional golf, major championship golf — a lot of it is luck,” DeChambeau said in his post-round interview.
He was then asked about his game plan to outdrive the bunkers and deal with the thick rough closer to the greens.
“I knew going into the week that was going to be my game plan. I had to be a little lucky, and I was for the first three and a half days and just didn’t get lucky the last nine,” he said. “But it plays a huge factor in major championship golf. It’s probably over 50 percent in most scenarios. There are times when I hit it in a fairway and hit into a divot. It’s just part of it.”
This guy has no feel. If he actually believed what he was saying — which he doesn’t — why doesn’t he bow to the gods of luck after a victory? Well, he wants everyone to believe he wins because of preparation and that he only loses because of forces beyond his control. I’d actually prefer if he just said “God works in mysterious ways” after a loss, rather than this long, drawn out b.s.
A one-stroke lead walking to the 10th tee box, and DeChambeau followed with bogey, bogey, and finally a double-bogey. Most golfers on tour would call that “not getting it done,” so why is this any different?
DeChambeau thinks he can outsmart golf by mastering analytics, but what he doesn’t realize is that clutch genes matter, too. You can’t calculate that. Tiger Woods, for example, so often found a way to stay in the moment and finish the weekend with a win. When he didn’t, he offered no excuses. He didn’t blame the wind, the narrow fairways, or a bad bounce. When he failed, it was on him.
Woods, and most other golfers, admit when they come up short. That’s how athletes are supposed to take their losses. It looks classy and professional and helps them improve in their next trip out. Welp, good luck to Bryson DeChambeau at his next event. Apparently he’ll need it.