DeChambeau faces missing the cut at The Masters after outrageous 'par 67' claim11/15/2020
Pre-tournament favourite Bryson DeChambeau made the bold claim that he was treating Augusta as a par 67 this week, but the US Open champion is now struggling to make the cut at The Masters.
The second round was not completed by the end of Friday evening and DeChambeau still has six holes to play on Saturday morning to try and make the cut.
Only the top 50 and ties will remain in the competition after the second round and DeChambeau is currently T61 on one-over-par.
The US Open champ still has time to avoid an early exit and may only need to make up one shot over his remaining six holes of the second round, but he certainly cannot afford many more mistakes.
There had been feats that the 27-year-old would make something of a mockery of the competition in Georgia this week after his incredible US Open win thanks to his monstrous power-hitting.
He did little to quell the hype, claiming he saw the course as a par 67.
‘I’m looking at it as a par 67 for me because I can reach all the par-fives in two, no problem,’ DeChambeau said before a ball was struck. ‘If the conditions stay the way they are, that’s what I feel like par is for me.
‘That’s not me being big-headed. I can hit it as far as I want to, but it comes down to putting and chipping out here. That is one of the things I think people sometimes struggle to see.
‘As much as I can gain an advantage off the tee, I still have to putt it well and chip it well and wedge it well, and that’s what I did at the US Open.’
Britain’s Tyrrell Hatton will not be back on Saturday after finishing his first two rounds at three-over-par, while highly-touted American Matthew Wolff is also heading home early.
Rory McIlroy endured a terrible start to the event, shooting a 75 in his first round but produced a 66 on Friday to keep his hopes alive and see him return for the third round.
Cameron Smith, Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson and Abraham Ancer share the lead on nine-under on the leaderboard at the end of Friday’s play.
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