In what should come as no surprise to anyone, the early leader at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open is Bryson DeChambeau.
There was much expected of Bryson DeChambeau this week at the Shriners Hospitals Open for Children. And in Thursday’s first round, the long-hitting DeChambeau did not disappoint.
Coming off of his first major championship title, at the U.S. Open last month, DeChambeau came to Las Vegas with a ton of momentum. Not only that, but he has won at TPC Summerlin before. Those two factors made him the favorite as the week got underway.
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Playing with two other long hitters, Cameron Champ and Matthew Wolff, on Thursday, DeChambeau got off to a quick start and never let up. It was about what most expected from him in round one.
DeChambeau played the back nine first on Thursday and his day started with errant drives on both the 10th and 11th holes. He was able to recover from both, making two pars to start his round.
That’s when the fireworks began.
On the 12th hole, DeChambeau rolled in an 18-foot birdie putt to get into red figures. On the par-5 13th hole, he hit the green in two, then two putted for a birdie, moving to 2-under on his round.
After a par at the 14th hole, DeChambeau really got on a roll. He drove the par-4 15th hole, then two putted for birdie. On the par-5 16th, he again hit the green in two and two putted for birdie. This one got him to 4-under par.
On the par-3 17th hole, he stuck his tee shot inside of five feet and ran in another birdie. Then on 18, his second shot left him just four feet for another birdie, his sixth of his first nine. He closed his opening nine with a 6-under par 30.
The hot streak continued for DeChambeau as he made the turn. He birdied the first hole, his fifth in a row, to get to 7-under on his round.
From there, he did cool down just a bit. He would record five straight pars before a birdie on the 7th hole, another par four that he was able to drive. He would par eight and birdie nine to shoot a 9-under par 62 on the day. He held the lead by one shot when his round finished.
Through one round, DeChambeau has lived up to the expectations in Las Vegas. Expect him to continue to do the same through Sunday, as the field chases the game’s hottest player.