Bryson DeChambeau (5/2 Fav Tournament Outright) says his final-hole bogey in the first round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic will put “a little fire” in his belly ahead of Friday’s play.
The Californian, the only player to record top-10s in his last three PGA Tour events, enjoyed an entertaining day at Detroit Golf club, mixing eight birdies, an eagle and four bogeys on his way to signing for a six-under 66.
However, he could have added himself to the three-way share of the lead overnight, only to push an eight-footer for par on the last, much to his frustration.
Doc Redman, Scott Stallings and Kevin Kisner (16/1 Tournament Outright) currently top the leaderboard on seven-under, with DeChambeau part of a six-way tie for fourth which also includes England’s Matt Wallace.
Much has been made of the 26-year-old DeChambeau’s transformation over the last few months, gaining 20 pounds of muscle in a bid to further improve his driving.
As a result, the tight layout in Michigan was expected to test his iron play and he himself gave his opening round a ‘B’, pointing to a number of issues that irked him, namely that missed putt on the last.
DeChambeau says he is still to find his best form as he continues to adapt to his body but is confident he will be able to come straight out of the traps after his late slip on Thursday.
“That really got me a little agitated,” DeChambeau said. “It’s going to put a little fire in my belly.
“I’d really say it’s B game right now. It’s not 100 percent, but it’s not bad, either. I’m still able to get it in, I’m able to score, which is great, but I still have to refine some things.”