We have nothing but respect from DP World Tour pro Julien Brun, who had a weekend from hell, admitted it afterwards and roasted himself in winning fashion.
— DP World Tour (@DPWorldTour) May 7, 2023
Brun’s takeaway from the DP World Tour’s Italian Open was that he “sucked”, and we can’t really argue with the results, which featured a third-round 83 highlighted by four lost balls, three double-bogeys and two penalties. The 31-year-old Frenchman bogeyed the first, fourth, sixth and seventh holes and went on to double-bogey the 11th, 12th and 14th and then for good measure bogeyed 15 and 17. Oh, also, he found the water on four different holes… so, yeah, what a day.
He did have three birdies which slowed down the bleeding (a bit), but they weren’t going to save Brun from a no-good, very bad day.
Perhaps the most memorable gaffe (or haunting depending on the individual) was a rules miscommunication for Brun. He either missed the memo or just forgot that players could no longer “lift, clean and place” over the weekend despite being able to the first two rounds. That led to two penalty strokes on the first six holes, the final straw to cement a lousy weekend.
There’s not a player in the world that would be happy with that showing, Brun included, but the golfer put on a happy face and posted his way through it as all the greats do.
Brun improved on his disastrous Saturday with a non-eventful (in a good way) final-round 75. A lesson for all golfers out there: take any positives, because they’re often rare.
So, this will be one to forget for Brun as he finished the Italian Open 28 shots behind the eventual winner due to a medley of screw-ups, but he “laughed a lot” and went viral. Isn’t that really all that matters?