AUGUSTA, Ga. – By his earlier assertion that Augusta National is a personal par 67, Thursday’s opening round was a disappointing over-par performance for Bryson DeChambeau.
But DeChambeau’s 70 in the opening round of the 84th Masters officially put him at 2 under par for the tournament. He’s five shots off the early lead, held by Paul Casey.
Given his Thursday adventures, he’ll take it.
“I’m fortunate to be 2 under par,” DeChambeau said. “I just didn’t execute the shots I normally do out there.”
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Beginning on the second nine, DeChambeau, who two holes earlier had scrambled to make par from the trees left at No. 11, experienced trouble at the par-5 13th with a sequence that included:
- Tee shot well right into the pines
- Second shot, left into bushes
- Provisional shot into Rae’s Creek
- Finds original second shot, in the bushes, but takes unplayable
- Laying three, chunks fourth shot
- Hits fifth shot to 20 feet
- Two-putts for double-bogey 7
DeChambeau would recover with birdies on Nos. 15 and 16, along with another at No. 2 after making the turn.
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Following a bogey at the par-4 seventh, DeChambeau finished birdie-birdie, before chatting with the media and then heading to the practice area.
“I just kept telling myself patience out there,” he said.