DeChambeau under par for first round as a pro


Bryson DeChambeau's much-anticipated first round as a professional is in the books. The result: a 1-under-par 70, good for a tie for 25th place in the first round of the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links.

"I just thought of it as another tournament," said DeChambeau, who last year became only the fifth player to win the NCAA Division I individual championship and the U.S. Amateur in the same year. "I wasn't thinking much more than that, it's just another tournament, let's go out there and play some good golf."

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DeChambeau got off to an inauspicious start, bogeying the first hole, but he immediately followed with a birdie at the par-5 second. He added birdies at the fifth and eighth holes to turn in 2 under, but he would not birdie another hole. A bogey at the par-3 14th left him at 1 under, and he parred in from there.

"I struck it beautifully today," he said after hitting seven of 14 fairways and 12 of 18 greens. "There were a couple errant iron shots, maybe only one or two underperforming drives, I think, out there."

His problem? "Mainly putting." He ranked 85th in strokes gained-putting. "I had a lot of chances," he said. "Just didn't get 'em done."