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DeChambeau made six birdies on his last nine holes, missing a 5-footer on No. 9 for a 64. Connors had a bogey-free 63.
“It is very satisfying to know that I’m not near as long as some of these guys and I am able to use my skills of distance control and shot shape to get me back when I’m 40 meters or 30 meters behind these guys,” Simpson said.
“I want to hit it again,” he said. “I made a trip three years ago, to become stronger, he hits even more, but they do it much slower than Bryson. But it looks to be easy and transparent. ”
Simpson was at 12-under 130 and waited to see if someone could catch it on a Port City of course which gives low scores relatively mild conditions and a moderate wind.
DeChambeau stands out as the lighthouse behind the 18th green.
It was decided at the end of last season to get stronger and bigger, so that it can swing faster and hit longer, and the transformation has the attention of all. While the addition of 40 pounds of mass, he has not lost his love for science. It was obvious on his last hole.
DeChambeau had the honors and let the Simpsons go first, so he could understand what to do. Simpson poked his hybrid 221 yards down the driveway on the 334-yard ninth hole. DeChambeau opted for a 3-wood, mainly because he feared that his driver would go well on the green.
It took two violent practice swings, and blew out breath, like a weightlifter Olympic preparing for the clean and jerk. He was sent soaring only to say, ” Ah! Too much spin, dang it. ”
He found a bunker in front of green, 309 meters, and it was all the more embarrassed, and missing the short birdie putt, even if its 64 left to right in the mix again.
He has not finished worse than a tie for fifth since the month of February, only four tournaments because of the pandemic, the judgment of golf for three months.
Rory McIlroy played with him, Sunday, in the Colonial era and was stunned by how much — and right-DeChambeau was smashing driver on a course known for the placement.
“He has been able to take this body that he has never been played and are still playing just as good, if not better,” Simpson said. “So, it is really impressive. ”
The time seemed not to be wounded, and DeChambeau said of time in the gym, and in the buffet line — allowed him to pass a ball speed of about 188 km / h to the lower 190s. This does not always work at the City’s Harbour, a tight course that winds through the oaks, and DeChambeau laments that he has not been able to ” run the Kraken. ”
At least, it is not now back to the dinner. DeChambeau said that her fitness plan is a 2-in-1 ration of carbs and protein and ” I literally just to have it. I eat whatever, whenever. “The majority of big muscles, all for more speed. He believes that he can get up to 197 km / h on a course that allows more drivers.
The biggest advantage is the place where it leaves it.
“The distance gain has allowed me to hit 9-irons and pitching wedges into holes compared to hit 7-iron and 6-iron,” he said. “This is a huge change for me, it allowed me to go attack the flags a lot more, be more aggressive, not really to try and keep it in this little corner down on the fairway here and really attack the flags. ”
Connors was ready to at least join Simpson in the head, except for missing a pair of putts birdie from the 10-foot on his last two holes.
Ryan Palmer had a 67 and was two behind Simpson. Dustin Johnson, just a missed cut at the Colonial period, had a 66 and was in the group four shots behind.
Hilton Head generally follows the us Masters in April, and it was returned to the schedule in June with a series of cancellations and postponements that has created the room. It is a different look with Bermuda grass and a minimum of tough, and scoring was lower than usual.
This has not helped the three best players in the world, none of which have broken through in the opening round. Justin Thomas (66) and Jon Rahm (67) have enough to be likely to make the cut. Rory McIlroy, who opened with a 73, played in the afternoon.