Bryson DeChambeau felt like he shot 15 over after the American star failed to live up to his own hype at the Masters.
DeChambeau stormed to his maiden major success at the U.S. Open in September but was unable to replicate his Winged Foot success in Georgia this week, finishing 2 under par at Augusta, where Dustin Johnson reigned supreme.
The 27-year-old vowed to play the iconic par-72 course as if it were a par-67, yet found himself scrambling to make the cut on Saturday after opening efforts of 70 and 74.
Renowned for his huge drives off the tee, DeChambeau seemed pent up throughout the tournament, and dropped 18 shots in total, including a triple bogey on Day 2.
DeChambeau managed to card in the 60s on just one occasion from his four rounds, ultimately finishing tied for 34th place and 18 strokes adrift of champion Johnson on Sunday.
Reflecting on his performance, DeChambeau lamented an opportunity missed, labeling it as “one of those weeks.”
“At the beginning of the week I felt like I could have a great chance to win the tournament if I just played my game,” DeChambeau told a news conference. “Shoot, I made enough birdies this week and eagles to have a chance to win. There’s no doubt about that.
“I made way too many mistakes that I’ve got to talk about with my caddie and go, ‘Hey, how do we not make these mistakes anymore, how can we work better as a team to have that not happen?’
“At Winged Foot we did a great job of it. This week we didn’t. We didn’t place it in the right places and I mis‑hit a lot of shots that usually are pretty easy for me.
“Numerous factors that were in play, but to have all this adversity and to still finish it off somewhat decent and be under par for the week is great, even though I feel like I shot 15 over for the week, really, to be honest with you.
“It was one of those things, one of those weeks.”
DeChambeau also claimed he had been feeling slightly off-kilter during his rounds.
“I’ve got to fix whatever is going on up here,” DeChambeau said. “I have no idea. Just dizziness. It’s only when I go from down to up, so I can’t even like think and talk right now.
“But that’s just what happens, I go down and up and my brain gets all disoriented. I’ve got to fix that, and once I fix it I’ll be even better than now, and when something arises in the future, I’ll just keep trying to fix it.
“I’m hydrated, everything is fine. It’s just about orientation. There were numerous times where I was over it and I just felt super uncomfortable.
“I couldn’t see anything. I couldn’t see the line. It was really weird. I missed a lot of putts today.”
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