If there’s something weird or quirky going on in the world of golf, odds are, it probably involves Bryson DeChambeau. The world No. 5 had to hustle to Charlotte, site of this week’s Wells Fargo Championship, to make his 8:10 AM tee time Saturday morning. DeChambeau had a longer than usual commute, arriving via private jet after spending the night in Dallas, where he lives.
After a disappointing second round (he shot a three-over 74), DeChambeau boarded a flight home, assuming he had missed the cut. What the 27-year-old didn’t anticipate was how windy conditions would affect scoring Friday afternoon. DeChambeau somehow survived the cut, a reality he didn’t learn until he was already halfway across the country. The reigning US Open champ set his alarm early to catch a 2:45 AM flight, landing in Charlotte at about 6:20 local time. After a short drive, DeChambeau arrived at Quail Hollow Golf Club with a little over an hour to spare.
Running on fumes after his 1,800-mile detour, DeChambeau miraculously enjoyed his best round of the tournament, carding a three-under 68 with five birdies and an unfortunate double-bogey on 18. The mix-up cost him a fortune (turns out, private jets aren’t cheap), but DeChambeau still thinks his return trip to Charlotte was worth it. “I have a chance to go make a good check this week and I think that would offset [the travel costs],” said DeChambeau as transcribed by ESPN’s Bob Harig. “So if I was to not come back, and withdraw, lose world ranking points and all of that ... I had to incur the cost. It's my fault."
It’s been a harrowing 24 hours for the travel-weary DeChambeau, but if he plays well Sunday, there could be a pot of gold waiting at the end of the proverbial rainbow. DeChambeau ended Saturday in a tie for 28th and would take home roughly $60,000 if he holds that position over the final 18 holes.