Bryson DeChambeau boards private jet for early tee time after thinking he missed the cut


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.

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