BRYSON DeCHAMBEAU’S gamble to make the green on the tenth hole at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play backfired as his drive went just 46 yards.
Aiming to bounce back with a win on day two after losing to Antoine Rozner, the 27-year-old was taking plenty of risks against Si Woo Kim on Thursday.
The US Open champion has averaged 320 yards off the tee this season, but his effort on the par-four tenth hole fell 274 yards short of that.
DeChambeau was trying to cut a corner on the 395-yard hole, but his drive hit a tree limb, with the ball rolling back into fairway and close to the putting green.
It was a stark contrast to his mammoth 370-yard drive earlier this month at the Arnold Palmer Invitational where he almost made the green on a par-five.
Thankfully for DeChambeau, his gamble on the tenth didn’t come back to bite him as he beat Kim, but knows he must secure victory over Tommy Fleetwood to progress out of Group 5.
Commenting on his drive, he said: “I just like being aggressive, it can get you in good positions sometimes and sometimes it can hurt you, like I did on ten.
“That was probably the most interesting scenario I’ve ever had in the game of golf.”
Before adding: “I heel-pulled it lower than I wanted. It came off low off the face and came out low.
“I could have easily cleared the trees up and over like I wanted to, but I hit it on the wrong part of the face and consequently hit the tree limb.
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“Hey, look, I was trying to drive the green, whether it was the practice green or the 10th green. I got it close!”
Fans were quick to take to social media to speak of the incident, as one user quipped: “I use that excuse all the time. I would have easily reached the green, but I hit it on the wrong part of the face. Silly me.”
Another remarked: “This is sooooo f****** hysterical!”
A third added: “This makes my heart happy seeing him do this.”
DeChambeau isn’t the only one that that has been guilty of a poor tee shot this week, with Rory McIlroy’s hooked drive finding a swimming pool on the opening day.