AUGUSTA, Ga. – In his preparations for the masters, Bryson DeChambeau imagined the Augusta National Golf Club was a par-67 instead of the actual 72 because it crushed the ball so far from the tee.
Here was DeChambeau’s reality on Sunday: He finished the race with a 2-under-286, 17 shots behind the winner Dustin Johnsonand he scored 2 strokes higher than the 63-year-old Bernhard Langer, one of his playing partners, during the last 18 holes.
DeChambeau, the Pre Masters betting favorite, finished 34th when he left the course. It was his fourth place in a row outside the top 20 at Augusta National.
“At the beginning of the week I felt that if I just played my game, I could have a great chance of winning the tournament,” said DeChambeau. “Shoot, I’ve done enough birdies and eagles this week to have a chance of winning. There’s no doubt about that. I made way too many mistakes to talk to my caddy about and go, ‘Hey, How are we? Stop making these mistakes. How can we work better as a team so that doesn’t happen? ‘”
DeChambeau, who won the US Open at Winged Foot September had two birdies, along with an eagle on the par-5 13th hole on Sunday, but also had a double bogey on the par-4 fifth and three other bogeys.
“We did a great job at Winged Foot,” said DeChambeau. “We didn’t have this week. We didn’t put it in the right places and I got a lot of shots wrong that are usually pretty easy for me. Plenty of factors that were at stake, but having and having all these adversities Still finishing a bit decent and being below par for the week is great, although I feel like I shot for week 15 to be honest. It was one of those things, one of those weeks. “
DeChambeau said he still had dizziness on the course on Sunday. He wasn’t feeling well and had a COVID-19 test on Friday night. It came back negative.
“I have to fix what’s going on up here,” he said. “I have no idea. Just dizziness. It’s only when I go from the bottom up, so I don’t even like to think and talk right now. But that’s exactly what happens – I go down and up and my brain gets all disoriented have to fix that, and when I fix it I’ll be even better than now, and if anything happens in the future I’ll just keep trying to fix it.
DeChambeau led the field in driving distance with an average of 324.4 meters, but it didn’t even help him much against Langer, a two-time Masters winner who plays on the PGA Champions Tour.
Langer was an average of 250 meters from the tee, which was the last of the 60 players on the field in the last round. Langer scored a 1-under-71 in the finals and was 29 overall with a 3-under-285.
For example, DeChambeau reached the green on the third par 4 hole with a drive of 328 meters. He putted three from 66 feet and took par. Langer’s tee shot was 220 yards. He threw his second shot at 14 feet and made birdie.
Long was that oldest player of all time to make the cut at the Masters.
“He’s an incredible iron player,” DeChambeau said of Langer. “He crunches everything, doesn’t give up. His long iron game is still superb, and I think that’s what makes him so amazing, and in any case I still look up at him. Even though I bombard it from him, it is him still plays better than me. It doesn’t matter. That’s the cool part of the game of golf. You can shoot any score you want and he can still do it that way at his age which is pretty impressive.
DeChambeau said he would not make another start until the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii on Jan. 7-10.