DeChambeau hits first ever hole-in-one at Masters
American almost aced the same hole in the first round.
Three days after complaining that he had never made a hole-in-one, Bryson DeChambeau broke his duck in style in the final round of the Masters.
DeChambeau was inches away from holing his tee shot to the par-three 16th at Augusta National during a first round of 66 which gave him a share of the lead.
Afterwards DeChambeau revealed he had yet to record an ace in his career, but the 25-year-old made amends on Sunday after his tee shot on 16 pitched in the ideal spot, avoided the ball of Kevin Kisner as it rolled down the slope and dropped into the cup.
“Finally,” the Californian said. “You talked about it this week and here it was. I knew something was going to happen this week, I didn’t know what it was going to be.
“Obviously shooting 66 the first round I thought it was going to be something even more special, but I was able to make a one, my first one on 16.
“I knew back three years ago, I said to my caddie and to everyone in my camp, it was like, ‘I’m going to make a hole in one here one day’, and sure enough it was my first one three years later.”
DeChambeau had held the outright lead during the early stages of the second round before struggling to a 75 and a third round of 73 meant he was among the players who started round four from the 10th tee in an attempt to complete play before afternoon thunderstorms.
“I learned this week we haven’t figured out the irons yet,” he said in reflecting on his week. “There’s still some more to be done. Then putting, I struggled really bad with putting.
“I’ve done it the past couple of years so I really have to iron out what happened.”