Bryson DeChambeau has made golf look easy in his past six competitive rounds, so much so that it’s reignited the distance debate, and not just among members of the media. DeChambeau’s third round at the Shriners on Saturday afternoon has been a reminder that the sport can still punch back no matter how far you hit it.
After shooting rounds of 62 and 67 on Thursday and Friday, the US Open winner appeared to be cruising to a second victory in as many starts at TPC Summerlin. But a rough start to his third round, which included two doubles in his first six holes, sent him freefalling down the leaderboard.
At the short par-4 seventh, a hole DeChambeau played in three-under over the first two days, he drove it in a greenside bunker right of the hole. His second, a long bunker shot, came to rest 14 feet from the cup, setting up a birdie look. DeChambeau missed, keeping him at five-over on his round. As he went to clean up his par putt, he appeared to be staring down a cameraman.
“You get enough pictures back there?” DeChambeau asked.
Here is the clip, tweeted by Fantasy Golf Pod (@fantasygolfpod):
This, of course, is not the first time the Mad Scientist has had a run-in with a cameraman in 2020. At the Rocket Mortgage Classic in July, DeChambeau got a bit testy with a cameraman who he felt was filming him for too long after a poor bunker shot. “We need to do a better job protecting the players,” DeChambeau explained. He went on to win that tournament, then doubled down on his cameraman comments after the event.
To his credit, DeChambeau stormed back with six birdies and a bogey to grind out an even-par 71, which has put him well off the lead at 13-under. He’ll enter the final round in a tie for 31st.