Bryson DeChambeau intrigued by Valderrama

"I can play long irons, hit the fairway, hit good irons and good wedges, and if my putting is good, I'll have a good chance this week, but I'm sure there are other great golfers who will give themselves a chance"

by Andrea Gussoni
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Bryson DeChambeau intrigued by Valderrama
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The American Bryson DeChambeau, who won the United States Open just a month ago, and two months ago was runner-up in the PGA, said this Wednesday, two days before the LIV Andalucía, that the Valderrama course in Cadiz has always "intrigued" him, because It is a "strategy" field.

"Even though most people think it's not right for me, I think it's a great golf course. You have to have your irons dialed in and you have to putt really well. Last year was a lot of fun," DeChambeau explained. who finished second a year ago, in a press conference in which his compatriot Phil Mickelson also participated.

For DeChambeau, "it doesn't matter" what a golf course is like, because "you're going to have to hit fairways, greens and putts; it's the basic nature of the sport, although some courses are better than others" and that's why He stressed the hardness of the Cádiz terrain, which must be "understood."

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"I can play long irons, hit the fairway, hit good irons and good wedges, and if my putting is good, I'll have a good chance this week, but I'm sure there are other great golfers who will give themselves a chance," DeChambeau said.

in a field where the Spanish Sergio García has won on several occasions. DeChambeau noted that "it's about who can endure the toughness of this golf course and persevere through adversity," because "there are going to be shots where you're going to hit through the trees and end up in strange places." Similarly, he also said that he has already had "a couple of days to savor" the victory at the US Open, to see "how it feels" to win a major and also to "share that happiness with friends," although he has barely had time to rest.

For his part, Mickelson, from HyFlyers GC, stressed that on Friday there will be a lot of wind and that "the ability to control the ball in the wind" will be key, because the greens are "small" and it will be "a good test" of looking ahead to next weekend at the British Open, something DeChambeau seconded.

Mickelson commented that it is a "world-class", "unique" course and in which a Ryder Cup has been held and highlighted its own identity, with the trees in the middle and in the wind. Likewise, he explained that, after one hundred days of competition in 2024, both he and his team are not where they want but they must concentrate "on progress" and knowing where they want to be: "Even if you don't win, you need to know how to progress and what to do "We are building and we are on the path to be better. It is important to identify the progress we have already made."

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