ORLANDO, Florida – Another day, another Bryson DeChambeau “layup” on the sixth hole at Bay Hill.
And again, the fans let him hear.
John Daly would!
Come on, Bryson!
Even DeChambeau’s gaming competitor Jordan Spieth joined in the playful banter.
“That’s the only reason I played this week was to watch you hit the lake,” Spieth told DeChambeau.
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But let DeChambeau explain: “The wind actually shifted to the left and inward. It was really weird. … Hopefully, if it’s downwind, constantly downwind, and I’m comfortable with it, I’ll take it to the green. But today was not an opportunity again. Everybody thinks so, but no matter what they say, you weren’t in that situation and you couldn’t feel the wind. “
With a nasty cold front coming in in force on Saturday, it seems less likely DeChambeau will deliver the promised blow no matter what. he He says. But don’t worry, DeChambeau’s touring show is still more than capable of entertaining the masses, and the final act could see DeChambeau perform in a different way: winning.
DeChambeau sits at 6 under, just three strokes behind leader Corey Conners, halfway through the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He followed up his 67 5-under start with a hard-fought 71 on Friday that included several impressive tee shots.
Cut the corner at 10 of 381 yardsth hole, leaving only 39 yards on the green.
He did the same on the 15 of 460 yardsth and it was only 106 yards inside.
And for the second day in a row, he led the field in strokes won: off the tee (+2,411) and driving distance (309.5 yards)
“I got the text message on Tuesday with the pairing and I thought: What better place to pair up with him than here, with some of these holes?Spieth said. “Which is surprising to me, he’s obviously coming off his driver fast, which he does with Rory. [McIlroy] and Cam Champ, there are several guys that hit the ball and it sounds a little different, but the amount of control you have over how hard you are doing it is really impressive. I mean, he’s handling the ball extremely well and straight.
“I mean, if I’m going to be shorter than him, I’d like to be straighter, and I don’t think I will be these two days.”
As DeChambeau continues to move his street finder marked back with “The Kraken” still on vacation, he walked into the interview shop looking a bit defeated. The culprit: “Honestly, the wedges were some of the worst I’ve had in a long time,” he said.
Do you remember that unit in number 10? DeChambeau missed the green short and made par.
At No. 15, he conceded it at 35 feet and had to sink a 4 foot to save par.
The 139-yard drive to the back bunker at No. 13 wasn’t great, either.
Even at the closing hole, DeChambeau had 161 yards to the flag, but he hit a pitching wedge that came off the rough 15 yards to the left of where he was aiming, the shot ended on the edge about 40 feet away. Another pair.
“For me, that’s pretty sad,” DeChambeau said. “I don’t know why the reasons are. I feel like there is something strange about the connection of the ball to the face with the speeds that I am producing. I had new grooves this week and I went and recorded them in the range where they actually turned the least on the face. So something really strange is happening. “
Yet despite his wedge issues, DeChambeau is very into things at Arnie’s Place. Its length is still a great advantage. On Friday, he birdied three of Bay Hill’s long par-3s, 200-plus-yard holes he’s hitting with the 7 and 8 irons. And with the rain waiting to soak the already difficult course, that should play straight in DeChambeau’s hands.
It could keep him on the conservative line at No. 6.
But I could get her a red cardigan.
“I’m three shots behind,” DeChambeau said. “I’ll take a chance right now.”