DeChambeau battled the English Channel wind and the heavy thatches of rough at Royal St. George’s, where he was competing.
A Fight Ensued with His Clubmaker after This.
He blamed his driver for his poor tee shots after shooting a 1-over 71 in the first round of the British Open on Thursday, but then changed his tune following a warning from a Cobra official.
An apology from DeChambeau was issued to Instagram shortly after midnight local time on Sunday, saying, “I sucked today, not my equipment.” This was an unethical remark I made in my post-interview discussion today.” Out the manner I hit the ball, my anger and rage boiled over.
Instead of using his increased power to outdrive his opponents, DeChambeau had to use it just to get out of the thigh-high rough on Sandwich Bay’s shores.
While he had four birdies and five bogeys on the day, he still finished seven strokes back of the lead held by Louis Oosthuizen through 18.
The Driver Sucks
“It’s amazing if I can hit it right in the middle of the fairway. However, “the driver sucks” right now, he noted. A bad face for me, we’re still figuring out how to make it decent on mishits. “It’s like I’m walking a tightrope,” she says.
Because no one swings as hard as DeChambeau, it’s difficult to create clubs without data, according to Ben Schomin, Cobra’s tour operations manager.
Schomin, who helps design and build DeChambeau’s clubs, said, “Everybody is bending over backwards.” “He’s well aware of that, I’m sure. When he says something that foolish, it hurts so bad.”
Controlling My Emotions and My Game are Both Ongoing Projects for Me.
“The Cobra personnel, notably Ben Schomin,” was like family to him, DeChambeau stated in his apologetic letter.
he wrote, “I am very sorry for the language I used previously.” “I am a perfectionist who is constantly striving to improve myself. That contributes to my sometimes apparent frustration…. “Controlling my emotions and my game are both ongoing projects for me.”
In two of his three appearances in the British Open, DeChambeau has missed the cut. It’s not the essence of links golf that’s the problem, he remarked; it’s the weather.
I Battle with that on a Regular Basis
According to him after his practise round, “the times I’ve played in the British Open before, I believe they have been a touch rainy and windy,” noting that he performed well in the 2015 Walker Cup at Royal Lytham & St Annes. “I battle with that on a regular basis.”
Then he put on 40 pounds of muscle mass and gained a tremendous edge by being able to swing faster and hit the ball farther with shorter clubs, even if the ball was in the rough.
DeChambeau has Used his Length to Play Links Golf
This is the first time DeChambeau has used his length to play links golf. This week, the most important thing is to hit the fairway. You must be in the fairway at all times. I’m not going to have much of a chance this week if I go… into the hay.”
Since his only major victory at Winged Foot, he has had a string of disappointing results. He tied for 34th in the November Masters, 46th in the April Masters, 38th in the PGA Championship, and 26th in the U.S. Open, where he briefly had a one-shot lead in the final round of the latter tournament.
There’s also the fact that Tim Tucker, his only caddy since he began working as a professional, is no longer working with him.
With his caddie on hand for everything from yardage and reading greens to more Mad Scientist concerns like air density, DeChambeau doesn’t have to rely solely on himself.
Brian Zeigler, an Instructor at Dallas National, is Joining DeChambeau for the First Time.
“It’s throwing him into the deep end,” said DeChambeau, who shared a video on Instagram showing Ziegler jumping into a swimming pool with a bag of golf equipment.
“It’s fine with him. ‘ His reaction was enthusiastic, according to DeChambeau. When it comes to caddies,
“I would say he’s still learning the ropes a little bit, which is expected on any end when you have somebody new who has really never caddied before, but I wanted somebody on the bag that he could trust as much as I did with Tim, and I think that’s why he fit the place so well.”