Shane Lowry believes Bryson DeChambeau set himself up for a fall before this year’s Masters by claiming the Augusta course should be a par-67 due to his monster hitting.
The American ruffled a few feathers when he used his bulk to power his way to the US Open title earlier this year, and the 27-year-old openly said he hoped his extra length off the tee – and lack of patrons – would make his pursuit of the Green Jacket much easier.
But DeChambeau could only finish tied-34th at the weekend and Paddy Power ambassador Lowry, who came home 25th, suggests his rival didn’t offer the tournament the respect it deserves.
Speaking in a From The Horse’s Mouth podcast special, Lowry explained: “I’ve said it all along – you don’t just rock up and win The Masters.
“You don’t just rock up and win golf tournaments. It’s not that easy. And to be honest, I thought that Bryson was building himself up for a big fall.
“I’m not like that – I don’t like to talk myself up. I try and go about my business by coming in under the radar.
“Obviously Bryson likes talking and putting it all out there, but I thought he was building himself up for a big fall last week because going out and saying Augusta is a par-67… he’s basically saying the third hole is a par-3, but its 360 yards.
It’s been a shaky start for Bryson…
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“He is what he is. Bryson goes on about all this science in golf, but he probably works harder than anyone. He puts more time and effort into his golf than the majority of people, and that’s why he’s so good.
“He goes and says it’s the science, but everybody just works as hard as they can. That’s what top sport is all about.”
Shane Lowry joined us this week for a very special episode of From The Horse's Mouth, when, inevitably, the subject of Bryson Dechambeau came up…
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Dustin Johnson was the eventual winner at Augusta, posting a record 20-under-par score to claim the Green Jacket by five shots ahead of Cameron Smith and Im Sung-jae.
“Dustin has put years and years into it, and that Masters win is all he’s ever wanted to achieve,” said Lowry.
“It’s not all science. It’s hard work, determination and balls.
When it comes down to it you need balls.
“There’s no computer that will give you a pair of balls so that when you get up on the 12th tee at Augusta you’ll hit an 8-iron over the water and on to the green. There’s no formula to that.
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“Dustin has put years into the game and deserves it.
“DJ will have had a good night on Sunday but nowhere near the night I had after The Open in 2019!
“The few days we had as a group of friends was something you’d love to do again and again. It was unreal. It drives me to do something special again. The experience of that with friends and family was unbelievable.”
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