The hype surrounding Bryson Dechambaeu heading into this year’s Masters was like nothing seen since Tiger Woods in the mid 1990s.
The big hitting American was hotly tipped and hotly talked about in the week’s leading up to Augusta.
Much of that was of his own doing, but unlike Tiger in 1997, Dechambaeu got nowhere near backing up his big words.
Throughout all four days he did little to quell the hype he had whipped up, after claiming he would play the course as a par 67 due to his big hitting abilities.
Love him or hate him, there is no denying the 27-year-old has bags of talent, but he’s been made to swallow his pride this week.
On the other hand, Dustin Johnson, the world number one going into Augusta went about his business with zero fuss.
He was hotly tipped alongside Dechambaeu but the difference between the par, aside from 18 shots, was the fact Johnson delivered.
He didn’t come out backing himself to blow away the field, he went out, played exceptional golf and showed great mental strength to keep the best of the rest at arms length.
While Johnson had one arm in the famous green jacket for most of the weekend, Dechambaeu was flailing.
The US Open champion came out to claim he had been feeling dizzy at certain periods in his rounds over the weekend.
He was also tested for Covid-19 mid tournament, but I doubt feeling under the weather would have amounted to an 18 shot difference.
The world number six will no doubt come back stronger from his Augusta humbling.
But maybe in future he should try going under the radar a bit more when it comes to personal pre-tournament hype.
And maybe he should take a leaf out of DJ’s book and go about his business a little more quietly.