After driver drama, Bryson DeChambeau’s putter saves the day as American holds his nerve to extend his Sandwich stay after making the cut at The Open
- Bryson DeChambeau put his driver drama behind him on day two at The Open
- The 27-year-old had been embroiled in a public spat with his club supplier
- However, his putting did the talking as he scraped into the cut for the weekend
- Elsewhere, Phil Mickelson missed out on the cut after a dreadful week’s play
For once Bryson DeChambeau let his clubs do the talking.
At the end of an unusually cautious, calculating round the talk of the course was left with two tricky putts for par to stay in The Open, holding his nerve to extend his sojourn in Sandwich for the weekend.
The beefy American may have wanted to hurl his driver in the North Sea on Thursday, but his putter did not let him down when it mattered on Friday.
After driver drama on day one, Bryson DeChambeau’s putting did the talking at Sandwich
The American was involved in a public spat with club supplier Cobra over his equipment
DeChambeau had played with commendable restraint by his standards, focusing on finding fairways rather than aiming booming drives to the greens, and may need to display more of those characteristics over the coming days given the pile-on from the locker room that has followed his public row with Cobra, his club supplier.
Unsurprisingly Brooks Koepka could not resist stirring the pot by announcing, ‘Drove the ball well, love my driver,’ but DeChambeau’s great rival was not the only one who went for him.
Justin Thomas mocked the so-called Mr Science’s predilection for lightning-fast swings and claims to have recalibrated the art of driving — ‘Never would’ve thought swinging at 135-plus mph it’d be hard to drive it straight. You’d think Mr Physics would know that!’ he wrote on Instagram, while Dylan Frittelli chipped in by referencing the old trope about whether man or machine is the key to straight shooting. ‘Indians and arrows again?!’ he wrote sarcastically.
DeChambeau is golf’s gift that keeps on giving, so his battling performance to post the one over par needed to make the cut is a boon for all concerned. The 27-year-old had looked to be heading home early after posting three bogeys in the first four holes to drift to three over, but battled back over the back nine to finish level par for the second round, one over the Championship.
DeChambeau’s day had begun with some booing on the first tee, but the warm applause that greeted his final shot on the 18th indicted it had been of the pantomime variety.
The support seemed to be appreciated as he lingered before returning to the clubhouse, throwing a glove and balls to young fans, equipment that not even he could be dissatisfied with.
DeChambeau was met by a chorus of boos at the start of the day and began the day poorly
However, the 27-year-old rallied on the back nine to make the cut for this weekend’s action
After his round, DeChambeau admitted he felt ‘really bad’ about the outburst which had led to a war of words with his club manufacturer.
‘I made a mistake and as time goes on I’ll look back on this as a growing moment for me personally,’ he said.
‘Hopefully I can make the right things go on from here on out in regards to that because I didn’t mean it, I was in a heated situation and feel really bad about it.’
Of his relationship with Cobra, the 2020 US Open champion added: ‘They’re fine. It’s one of those things in the moment.’
Elsewhere, Phil Mickelson made an early exit after a dreadful week at the Open Championship
If DeChambeau’s golf looked pedestrian by his often thrilling standards, he was not helped by being paired with Jordan Spieth, who carded a 67 to remain firmly in contention at three shots off the lead, but Phil Mickelson would have settled for the humdrum after his nightmare two days.
The 51-year-old was unable to overturn the 10-shot deficit he had created for himself on Thursday and missed the cut, the second time he has done so in five tournaments following his US PGA triumph two months ago. It took until the 11th hole for him to make his first birdie of the week and only two more followed.