CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA | Even by Bryson DeChambeau’s unique standards, it was a strange week.
Thinking he had missed the cut at the Wells Fargo Championship, DeChambeau flew home to Dallas, Texas, on Friday afternoon, only to find out scores had soared to the point that he had done enough to play the weekend.
Flying private, DeChambeau arranged a 2:45 a.m. departure Saturday, landed around sun-up and turned a weekend he almost skipped out on into a top-10 finish and a better story.
By shooting 68-68 on the weekend (with a double bogey and a bogey on the treacherous 18th hole), DeChambeau finished T9 and moved into first place in the FedEx Cup points race which will help offset the extra money it cost him to fly back to Quail Hollow Club.
“It was worth it. It was no doubt worth it,” DeChambeau said. “I wanted to make it worth it. I didn’t want to come out here and finish 60-whatever, close to last.”
When DeChambeau finished his final round Sunday, more than an hour before the leaders, he was the clubhouse leader. Someone asked if he would stick around just in case.
DeChambeau cracked a smile and said ... well, it was colorful.
After getting home to Texas, DeChambeau got about five hours of sleep before returning to Charlotte. There were times in the third round, he said, when the fatigue kicked in.
With more than 11 hours of sleep Saturday night, DeChambeau pushed his name up the leaderboard.
Asked if he would have scored as well had he not made the impromptu trip to Dallas after the second round, DeChambeau was at a loss.
“That's pie-in-the-sky, hindsight, next dimension stuff. I don't know. I don't have control of that,” DeChambeau said.
“But I may have played better, I may have played worse. There were times (Saturday) where I felt like I wasn't even here and it just allowed me to play good for some reason. Ignorance is bliss sometimes.”
Ron Green Jr.