After bursting onto the professional scene last month, Bryson DeChambeau quickly realized that every week won't be quite as easy as his T-4 debut at the RBC Heritage.
DeChambeau missed the cut at the Valero Texas Open the following week, and he also missed the cut at the Wells Fargo Championship earlier this month. As he readies for another start this week at the AT&T Byron Nelson, the NCAA and U.S. Amateur champ admits he's still getting used to the play-for-pay scene.
"The last couple events, it's golf," DeChambeau told reporters Tuesday. "I'm still young, still learning, still figuring out how to get this thing going and, you know, not everybody plays their best every single week."
DeChambeau benefited from a self-described "internship" of sponsor invites to professional events earlier this year, and he made the cut at the Masters in his final amateur start. But since contending at Harbour Town, DeChambeau has failed to break par in any of his four subsequent competitive rounds, and he still has work to do with his five remaining sponsor invites in order to earn his PGA Tour card for next season.
The 22-year-old hopes that success will be the product of a more relaxed approach this week in Dallas.
"It's still tough for me because I'm an emotional guy, and I try to take the emotions out of it," he said. "I said that in past times a couple times before. I'm not perfect. Nobody's perfect. I think once I understand that and say, 'Hey, look, it's OK to mess up a little bit, it's OK to fail,' and be OK with that then you're fine about it, you don't worry about things as much like I have been in the past, these past couple weeks."
DeChambeau went to school at nearby SMU and is in the process of buying a home in the Dallas area. While Jordan Spieth remains the big draw this week in the Metroplex, DeChambeau will likely get plenty of support from Mustang fans in the gallery.
"Jordan is obviously Jordan, and obviously I'm just Bryson. I'm nothing that special," he said. "I just want to be a person playing some good golf out there, having some fun. If I get a crowd, great. If I don't, let's go play some good golf and not be too worried about it."