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An authentic Bryson DeChambeau details “diabolical,” mentally exhausting day at U.S. Open

Bryson DeChambeau started the 124th U.S. Open with a respectable 3-under 67. He was one of 15 players to finish under par on Thursday, but he was in full swing after the round.

Only DeChambeau could choose such perfect adjectives when talking about Pinehurst No. 2.

“It’s a really bad situation out there,” DeChambeau said.

“Those green plants, oh my goodness, they’re getting away.”

It was a solid day for DeChambeau, who recorded four birdies and one bogey on the 16th hole (the par-4 seventh).

DeChambeau leads the field in strokes gained off the tee with 2.85 and is eighth in strokes gained around the green with 2.17.

In total, the 2020 U.S. Open champion hit 15 of 18 strokes on the green and 12 of 14 on the fairway.

He is in contention for the win, just two strokes behind leaders Rory McIlroy and Patrick Cantlay.

He started the day with a birdie on the 13th hole, but his momentum picked up with a chip-in birdie on the 9th hole at the 18th.

His final two birdies came on the par-4 third and fourth holes, but a mistake on the seventh hole cost him a bogey-free round. He seemed pleased with his performance, but it wasn’t a relaxed day on the course.

“From an emotional exhaustion standpoint, this has probably been the hardest thing I’ve done in a long time,” he said.

“I can’t remember the last time I pushed myself that hard mentally to focus on hitting the fat of the green instead of going for the flag. I was doing pretty well until the last few holes.”

But he knows how to recover mentally and physically for Friday’s round.

“I’m just gonna eat a lot. I’m gonna eat a lot of carbs, a lot of food, good protein and just recover tonight,” DeChambeau said of the preparation he needs to do going into the second round.

“I have to get up early in the morning and get back to training. Recovery is key. I’ll hit some balls and make sure I’m good and ready for tomorrow. I’ll do a lot of breathing exercises too. It’s almost natural now. So I have some techniques I’m working on. I’ll keep my brain in a good state, get some good treatment, and focus on the positives of the day.”

It seems like every player has some kind of strategy this week, and breathing techniques are just part of DeChambeau’s unique approach to the game.

The LIV golf star’s recovery period will be short, however, as he, Viktor Hovland and Max Homa are scheduled to begin the second round at 7:40 a.m. ET on Friday.

Savannah Lee Richardson is a golf staff writer for SB Nation Playing Through. Follow us for more golf articles. Follow You can follow us on all major social platforms. You can also follow us on Twitter Follow Instagram: @savannah_leigh_sports