Bryson DeChambeau’s return after winning the US Open a couple of weeks ago started with a bang as he raced to a 9-under-par 62 during the opening round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open on Thursday.
DeChambeau continued where he left off at Winged Foot and played with a whole lot of confidence throughout his opening round in Las Vegas.
Making it clear that he was going to continue his power-hitting displays, DeChambeau rolled in a staggering six birdies on the front nine before adding three more as he came home for a bogey-free first round.
DeChambeau, whose whole body transformation began at this event a year ago, said the conditions were perfect for him to play his natural aggressive game.
‘I came out here today and there was very little wind today and I said this is a go-getting day and I really didn’t think too much about it, I just kept trying to keep myself in the flow like I was in the U.S. Open and just pounding forward, just keep making birdies, keep making birdies,’ he said at the end of his round.
Despite playing with a great deal of confidence at the moment, DeChambeau believes he has to continue the hard work to remain a step ahead of everyone else.
‘When I’m playing great golf I feel like I’ve got a great chance to win every week, but that doesn’t mean that somebody else is going to play better than me, right?
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) October 8, 2020
‘So either way there’s opportunities for them to play better than me, when I’m playing my best, I’m not going to throw that out of the equation, but what I will say is I’m playing well and I feel like I have my golf swing under control and putting well, making a lot of putts. I feel like I can shoot low on a lot of golf courses and usually that wins tournaments.’
And, he does a few contenders on his tail, with Austin Cook, Harold Varner II, Scott Harrington, Patrick Cantlay and Nate Lashley all only a shot behind on 8 under par, while a group of six players are a further stroke back in T7.
South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen also made a swift start to his week by opening his account with a 6 under par 65 on Thursday with Charl Schwartzel one stroke behind him on 5 under.
Dylan Frittelli also did well throughout his first round, concluding the day with a solid 4-under-par 67.
MJ Daffue shot a round of 70 for his opening round on Thursday.