‘Got to Embrace It’ – Bryson DeChambeau Elucidates the Difference Between Torrey Pines and Winged Foot

Bryson DeChambeau will look to repeat the heroics that he performed last year at the U.S. Open in Winged Foot. Going into the final round, he is two strokes behind the lead and is in contention to defend the title. He made a brilliant comeback after a poor first round with wild drives and shoddy irons. 

He scored his first bogey-free round in a major championship on Saturday and scored -3 for the tournament. Compared to Winged Foot, where he won the U.S. Open 2020, this course is slightly easier to deal with for the players. But DeChambeau had overpowered Winged Foot with his game. But this time, he has strategically structured his game at Torrey Pines. 

Bryson DeChambeau on the differences between Torrey Pines and Winged Foot

Bryson DeChambeau
Jun 4, 2021; Dublin, Ohio, USA; Bryson DeChambeau walks to the 18th tee during the conclusion of the rain-delayed first round of the Memorial Tournament golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

When asked about the differences between Torrey Pines and Winged Foot in a press conference, DeChambeau answered:

“Well, the grass is completely different, so it’s a lot of Kikuyu, poa annua, and it’s stickier, so you can’t brush the club through it as easy. Sometimes you get jumpers, sometimes you get just golf shots that come out super dead. So you’ve just got to judge the lie really well.” 

The Kikuyu grass has a volatile relationship with golfers. So reading the lie at Torrey Pines has become imperative. Players who miss the fairways have more often than not found themselves in trouble. 

While talking about the difficulties of Winged Foot, Bryson DeChambeau said: “At Winged Foot, it just seemed like they were all coming out dead no matter what. There was never really any jumpers, so I didn’t have to contend with that. That would be the only other thing.”

Talking about the greens, which have Poa annua grass, DeChambeau mentioned that they are usually fast, bumpy, and sometimes unreadable. 

“The greens are tough to putt on. They’re a little bumpy just because it’s poa annua, and that’s part of the game. I recognize it, and you’ve got to embrace it. If you don’t embrace it and stay patient, that’s a part of the test everybody has to deal with it. So it’s all about who gets luckier.”

Bryson DeChambeau will tee off with Scottie Scheffler and is just two strokes behind the leader. He will look to continue the momentum he has picked up in the previous two rounds and get his second major championship title. 

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