Bryson is known for hitting bombs and attacking tee shot with the straightest line to the hole. Sometimes, this strategy is a little risky and can lead to a less than desirable lie. Matter of fact, he almost had to tack on a penalty stroke because of it on Saturday.
An Aggressive Line
DeChambeau hit his tee shot far left of the fairway on 18 in an effort to land it near the 10th hole and gain an advantage on his next shot. However, things didn’t quite go as planned. Instead, DeChambeau overshot it and ended up near 11, way off from where he needed to be.
It got even worse from there.
When Bryson arrived at the reported landing spot, his ball was nowhere to be found. DeChambeau was left searching for a few minutes before officials decided to check the footage for answers. A Shot Link camera captured evidence of a fan simply walking off with Bryson’s ball shortly after it landed.
Under the Rules of Golf, DeChambeau did not have to take a penalty drop on the hole due to the fan interference. After the drop, he ended up sinking the putt for Birdie. He declined to speak with the media after his round, but cameras captured the incident.
A @B_DeChambeau birdie adventure.
– Wild line off the tee
– Search party ensues
– Determined a fan picked up the ball (and walked away with it)
– Free drop
– Hit the green in two
He's only the 5th player to hit the 18th green in 2 at East Lake. 👏 pic.twitter.com/s461c2sFSC
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) September 5, 2021