DUBLIN, Ohio – Bryson DeChambeau really did swing for the fences Friday at the Memorial.
This time it cost him.
DeChambeau, who has turned heads with a super-sized body and swing that sends the ball nearly 200 mph off the club and sometimes more than 400 yards off the tee, was even par for the second round when one hole ruined everything.
He made a 10 on the par-5 15th, his highest score in the nearly 6,000 holes he has played in his PGA Tour career. He left the Memorial with rounds of 73-76, and without comment.
His troubles started when DeChambeau pulled his tee shot on the par-5 15th off a tree and into the stream well left of the fairway. That wasn't the problem. He took a penalty drop and then thrashed a fairway metal from 289 yards away. It sailed into a back yard and rolled down a hill next to the temporary fencing that lines the property.
Then, he hit it again. This one was well into the same back yard.
He wasn't done. A third shot was headed that direction, but not quite as far. It rolled beyond the cart path and was headed for more trouble when it stopped just short of a creek.
DeChambeau thought he had a chance to play the first shot when he saw it by the fence. He called for a rules official, who told him it was considered out-of-bounds because it was outside a line between the two posts, by inches.