ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – Bryson DeChambeau, the eclectic amateur who continues to impress at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, struggled on Day 2 in the desert but, as he always does, he considered the round a learning experience.
“It's just a new experience, having only played nine holes, waiting the whole day to play. A little different for me,” said DeChambeau, who took the first-round lead with a 64.
DeChambeau started quickly with birdies at two of his first three holes (he started on No. 10) to reclaim a share of the lead with Andy Sullivan, who shot his second-consecutive 67 and is at 10 under par.
The 22-year-old cooled after his fast start and finished his day in near darkness with a bogey at the 18th hole after driving the ball into a fairway bunker.
“If I would have hit it in the fairway on the last hole, I make birdie, there's no doubt about it. Get up there, very good chance to make birdie, I would say,” said DeChambeau, who will return to Abu Dhabi Golf Club at 7:40 a.m. local time on Saturday (10:40 p.m. ET on Friday) to complete his second round. “That's golf, and I made a mistake of not hitting a good bunker shot on the second, on 18, and consequently, I made bogey.”
DeChambeau, who is alone in second place at 9 under par, is vying to become the first amateur to win on the European Tour since Shane Lowry at the 2009 Irish Open.