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Dubai Desert Classic report

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A crushing collapse for defending champion Bryson DeChambeau allowed Lucas Herbert in to break his European Tour duck
 

Dubai Desert Classic report: What happened at Emirates GC?

On one of the toughest days the Dubai Desert Classic has seen Bryson DeChambeau surrendered his title to Lucas Herbert as he bogeyed his final four holes.

The American, who put in some considerable work over the winter, was in contention on Sunday and with a share of the lead on the back nine it looked as if he would kick on and claim his second consecutive Dubai title as he stood on the 15th tee.

But what followed was four bogeys to finish and the stretch included a ball dunked into the water at the last which summed up his situation.

His meltdown looks to have at least some connection to a slow-play penalty threat that was looming over the American on the back nine.

He was reportedly given a bad time on the 10th hole and informed that one more would lead to a sanction greater than simply a verbal warning.

All eyes were on the DeChambeau’s group from the outset as he was playing alongside England’s Eddie Pepperell who has had a word or two to say about his playing partner’s slow play in the past.

Last August he called the American a ‘single minded twit’ for his snail-like efforts.

In typical Pepperell fashion he did not shy away from the situation upon finding out his Sunday grouping and tweeted to give us an insight into his thoughts.

Following the conclusion of their round the Englishman once again took to twitter to let us know exactly what it was actually like, and it wasn’t anywhere near as eventful as we’d hoped.

After DeChambeau had fallen from contention the two players in the clubhouse on 9-under, Christiaan Bezuidenhout and Herbert knew that they would be heading back out for a play-off.

Tom Lewis failed to eagle the last to book his play-off spot and that confirmed it was to be a two-man shoot-out.

Both players found the fairway off the tee and after Bezuidenhout had laid up Herbert chose to go for the par-5’s green with his second.

He carved his 3-wood right into the water and described it as the worst shot of his life. But a brilliant pitch from the drop zone gave him a short par putt and both players made par.

On the second play-off hole Herbert’s 318-yard drive gave him the immediate advantage and a long iron into the green left a good look at eagle and had the pressure firmly on his opponent who was over the back of the green after his second.

A two-putt birdie was good enough to better Bezhuidenhout’s par and he becomes the latest maiden winner on the European Tour.

Dubai Desert Classic leaderboard

-9* Lucas Herbert, Christaan Bezhuidenhout

-7 Adri Arnaus, Dean Burmester, Tom Lewis

-6 Kurt Kitayama, Ashun Wu

-5 Bryson DeChambeau, Mike Lorenzo-Vera, Robert MacIntyre

-4 Tommy Fleetwood, David Lipsky, Shane Lowry, Matthieu Pavon, Eddie Pepperell

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Joe Hughes

Tour editor covering men's golf, women's golf and anything else that involves the word golf, really. The talk is far better than the game, but the work has begun to change that.

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