After shooting a second-round 74, Bryson DeChambeau was in 90th place on 2-over 144. Assuming he’d missed the cut, he and his team packed everything up and flew home to Texas.
As the conditions Quail Hollow worsened, though, and the scores ballooned, DeChambeau went from 90th to 64th and made the cut on the number.
“I made triple on 7 and then chipped in on 8 for birdie. I thought I had to make birdie on the last and I didn’t, missed the putt,” said DeChambeau, explaining the timeline.
“And I was like, ‘there’s no way I’m making it, it’s 90th place.’ So we just said, all right, let’s pack up, let’s go. Want to get ready for next week and going home.
“Chris was there, we’re reviewing practice and whatnot. So flew privately there, and halfway through the flight my agent texted Conner and he’s like, ‘Hey, you’re 68th now.’
“I was like, ‘What? No way. There’s no way I’m still — I’m not going to make it, there’s no way.’ Sure enough, conditions kept getting worse and by the time I landed I was in, 64 or 63rd or whatever.
“So I looked at Conner, ‘Well, whoops, that was a mistake.'”
He continued, “It was funny. We did a lot of scrambling last night to get back. One of the scenarios was like turning right back around, but the crew couldn’t, you know, refuel and their hours were out.
“So we had to get a new crew, if anything, and it just didn’t work out. So we’re like, ‘Well, let’s just go in the morning.’
“So I left at 2:45 on a flight and I got here at 6:20 a.m. Drove 30 minutes to the golf course, put on my clothes in the locker room and headed out to the putting green. I did get a workout last night, though.”
Asked if it was an expensive mistake, DeChambeau said, “It’s very. Way too expensive. But the thing is, I have a chance to go make a good check this week and I think that would offset it.
“So if I was to not come back and withdraw, I’d lose world ranking points and all that.
“And I’d have to incur the cost. It’s my fault.”
He shot a third-round 68 and moved from T64 to T29, which would payout approximately $50,000 – easily enough to offset the costs.