The 2019 Masters got off to a promising start for Bryson DeChambeau.
He shot a 66 in the first round to take the first round lead along with Brooks Koepka. There was ample reason for optimism.
Unfortunately for DeChambeau, his 2019 Masters experience has mostly been all downhill from there.
He shot a 75 in the second round and followed that up with a 73 on Saturday to fall to -2 for the tournament, well out of contention.
But on Sunday, DeChambeau, 25, had a moment he’ll never forget. DeChambeau drained a hole-in-one on the par-3 16th hole — the first ace he’s ever had.
— Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) April 14, 2019
He landed the shot towards the middle of the green and it rolled down the ridge, nearly hitting his playing partner’s ball, and into the cup.
To be blunt, it was a thing of beauty.
The shot itself was clearly impressive, but the best part was the pure joy he showed after making the shot.
DeChambeau’s awkward post-hole-in-one hug with Kanaya easily the highlight of #TheMasters so far.
— Wilfy (@whitelinefervor) April 14, 2019
He jumps and throws his arms in the air and hugs everybody in sight, including his playing partner, Takumi Kanaya.
DeCheambeau also gave his other playing partner, Kevin Kisner, a high-five and an awkward half hug.
Golf is game of inches. pic.twitter.com/uwba1xaE6E
— Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) April 11, 2019
DeChambeau came within an inch or two of his first hole-in-one on Thursday in round 1 at 16.
“The whole time it was rolling,” DeChambeau told Golf Digest on Thursday. “I’ve never had an ace, ever, unfortunately. I was really hoping it would go in.”
When he says never, he means never. Not in his pro career, his amateur career, or even playing with his friends on a Saturday afternoon.
For a guy who’s won 5 times on the PGA tour, won the NCAA title and the U.S. amateur title, that’s pretty amazing.
Given that DeChambeau is still only just 25, he will have plenty of chances to net another ace in his career.
DeChambeau won’t win his first green jacket this week, but he’ll have a memory that will last a lifetime.
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