In his first official start as a professional, Bryson DeChambeau made the cut quite comfortably. In fact, when he walked off the course Friday afternoon, he sat in a tie for eighth place through 36 holes at 3 under for the week.
But merely making the cut is already old (Hogan) hat for the 22-year-old. Last year's U.S. Amateur and NCAA individual champion played the weekend in his last seven starts as a self-described "intern," including last month at Bay Hill and last week at Augusta National.
There's only one difference now, one he'll come to appreciate on Sunday.
"Well, honestly I'm trying to keep it the same as last week," DeChambeau said. "It is playing for money, but again, I'm just out here trying to win some championships.
DeChambeau would be in even better position to pick up his first PGA Tour win if not for a costly mistake on his second-to-last hole in Round 2.
After pulling his tee shot into the left rough at the par-4 eighth and leaving himself with a less than ideal angle over the water, DeChambeau played a draw that got caught up in the wind and found the hazard. He dropped in the greenside bunker and made double-bogey 6 before bouncing back with a birdie at No. 9 for a round of 2-under 69.
"I hit the right shot," he said. "The wind just picked up a little bit, and subsequently it cost me."
Still, DeChambeau sat just three shots behind co-leaders Jason Day and Kevin Chappell when he signed his card Friday. He now has two days left to get into contention in his first event as a professional and finally earn a check.