For a moment, it looked like the defending US Open champion would make it a second straight title.
Bryson DeChambeau birdieed the eighth par 3 hole in the final round to put it 5 under par and lead it with 10 holes remaining. It all fell apart from there.
Bogeys on the 11th and 12th holes, and a double-bogey and quadruple-bogey on the 13th and 17th holes, respectively, took DeChambeau’s odds of victory plummet, ultimately dropping him to 3 at the US Open and tie for 26th overall.
After the disappointing finish, DeChambeau said it wasn’t a bad effort on his part, but rather a result of bad luck.
“I didn’t derail at all. It’s golf,” DeChambeau said, according to Golf Channel. “People will say I did this or that, and it’s just golf. I’ve had a lot of times I’ve hit a lot worse than today and won. That’s right. one of those things where I didn’t have the right breaks happen at the right time. “
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On the 13th hole, he slid off the drive to cut the ball in the right rough before slipping again later trying to save himself from too much damage on the hole. This resulted in a double bogey seven which virtually ruled him out of the championship race.
The struggles on the 13 came right on the heels of a pair of bogeys.
Later, on the 17th hole, his tee shot hit the ravine and his third shot sailed into a bunker. He passed the bunker and sank to an 8 on the par-4 hole.
“I had a great second shot – well, a third shot, and the ball spun too much,” DeChambeau said, according to ESPN. “The wind dropped and it landed short and came back from that leading edge in a very, very bad lie. I just tried to cut it, and I caught the hosel just from a weird line.”
Perhaps even worse for DeChambeau is that when he was leading, his rival Brooks Koepka was right behind him. When it was all over, Koepka remained tied for fourth at 2 under for the tournament.
But DeChambeau said he wasn’t worried about his poor performance down the home stretch.
“Right now, I don’t care. I’ve changed a lot, in terms of attitude and everything, ”DeChambeau said, according to the New York Post. “It’s frustrating by the time this happens, but afterwards for me now, I don’t really care that much. I have already won [a U.S. Open]. ”