Bryson DeChambeau, a surprising elimination

Disappointments and surprises in the second round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic of golf. In Detroit, in the PGA Tour tournament, Bryson DeChambeau, defending champion, came out with the cut. After 36 holes leading the leaderboard, with a total of 134 (-10) strokes, here are the Chilean Joaquin Niemann and the English Tom Lewis. In Michigan the two leaders are tailed by a trio of pursuers, all 3 / i with 135 (-9), made up of the Americans Max Homa, Chris Kirk and Troy Merritt.

Bryson DeChambeau, Rocket Mortgage Classic

While he was forced to retire because he was positive at Covid, before the start of the second round, the Japanese Hideki Matsuyama, this year’s winner of The Masters. Endless twists and turns on the Detroit Golf Club course (par 72) where Matthew Wolff, second in 2020, is 14 / o with 137 (-7) ahead of Danny Willett and Will Zalatoris.Among the big names is Patrick Reed late, only 63 / o with 141 (-3). While with DeChambeau (143, -1), among others, Gary Woodland and Webb Simpson, among the favorites on the eve, also came out.

Rory McIlroy talks after arrival in County Kilkenny yesterday.

“The last time I was on the 18th green here was that prize-giving ceremony. Tiger Woods won and I somehow sneaked my way under the ropes on to the back of the green. I was standing right behind him and his glove was still in his back pocket. I could have reached out and got it and ran, that would have been a good story to tell. Obviously I didn’t. It was the first time I’d seen him play live. I still remember the first shot I saw him hit, the drive at the 5th, a par five. He hit 2-iron into the green. It was so cool. I’d idolised him growing up and to actually see the man in the flesh was pretty exciting.”

“I’d made a bit of a name for myself as an amateur by then and knew Chubby (Chandler) and Darren (Clarke) so I was in the clubhouse and got to chat to Ernie when he won. It’s amazing to think it’s been 17 year. Certainly a lot’s changed for me since the last time I was here. I might as well play the Scottish as well. My original plan up until last week was us to come as a family, play here, take a week off, which is now the Scottish Open, and play the Open. With me being a sports person the restrictions are not as heavy for me as they would be for Erica and Poppy. I felt it wasn’t fair to put them through what they’d have to go through to be here with me. The plans changed very quickly and we made the decision I travel on my own. I wasn’t going to go back to the States for a week inbetween the Irish and the Open, so if I’m here I might as well play the Scottish as well. It went very quickly from them coming, to not coming and then me playing three events in a row! If anything, it’s probably worked out for the best. It’ll be nice to get a tournament on a links course before going into Sandwich. I didn’t play for a week because I was spending time with the family before being away. So I can now get to work here and in Scotland”.