Bryson DeChambeau has made the big admission that the Ocean Course in Kiawah Island is the most challenging layout he has ever faced on Tour after a rollercoaster opening round at the PGA Championship.
The big-hitter’s motivation appeared to be down the drain as he reflected on what was a gusty first day of play at the second Major.
After making a positive start to his opening round, two birdies on the first three holes, DeChambeau’s approach was rocked up four straight bogeys.
Two more bogeys and two birdies after the turn saw the 27-year-old sign off with an even-par round of 72 but he admitted afterward that he felt nowhere near his best.
‘It was not easy out there, and I wasn’t swinging it my best,’ he explained after his round.
‘I was putting well, and I made a couple birdies early on. Just misjudged the speed on 13, three-putted, then it was a quick four bogeys and off and running after a good start.
‘But for the most part, I stuck my head up high and kept it high and was able to finish strong on the front nine. Played really well. Mentally, you have to show a lot of resolve out there. I was all out of sorts.The wind just kicked my butt. It’s hot and I was just grinding out there, so it takes a lot out of you.’
DeChambeau’s big-hitting approach was once again in the spotlight from the start as he continues to try and overpower almost every course he plays on.
But, with the wind conditions playing a huge factor this week and the layout not offering any passengers, DeChambeau went as far as to say it is definitely the most challenge course he’s played on.
‘This is the most difficult golf course that I’ve played on Tour, and that is a straight-up fact for me. That requires a lot of energy,’ he added.