Bryson DeChambeau flew home thinking he'd missed the cut at the Wells Fargo Championship. He hadn't, so he flew back and won $228,000.

Bryson DeChambeau flew home thinking he'd missed the cut at the Wells Fargo Championship. He hadn't, so he flew back and won $228,000.
Bryson DeChambeau.Getty/Elsa
  • Bryson DeChambeau flew home from the Wells Fargo Championship after thinking he'd missed the cut.
  • He hadn't, so decided to fly back from Texas to North Carolina at 2.45 a.m. on Saturday to make his tee time.
  • The American played brilliantly and went on to finish the tournament 3-under-par, winning $228,825.

Bryson DeChambeau produced a remarkable turnaround in more ways than one to finish eighth at the Wells Fargo Championship.

The big-hitting 27-year-old flew home from Quail Hollow in Charlotte, North Carolina after he shot two-over par for the first two rounds of the tournament.

As he finished his second round, DeChambeau sat 90th, leading him to believe he'd missed the cut. As such, he boarded a private jet, and headed back to his home in Dallas, Texas.


However, tricky conditions saw other players fall back. By the time he landed in Texas, DeChambeau was inside the top 70 players, making the cut, and allowing him to play on Saturday and Sunday.

Not wanting to withdraw, he then decided to get an early night and take a 2.45 a.m. private jet flight from Texas back to North Carolina to make it back in time for his 8.10 a.m. tee time on Saturday.

He went on to play brilliantly over the weekend, scoring three-under-par 68s on both Saturday and Sunday, propelling himself from close to last at the end of Friday to four-under and the top 10 on Sunday afternoon.


DeChambeau ultimately finished in joint ninth-place, earning himself a $228,825 payday in the process.

"It was worth it," DeChambeau told reporters on Sunday, according to Nine's Wide World of Sports.

"It no doubt was worth it. That's what I was hoping to do this weekend when I was on that plane at 2:45 a.m. Yeah, I wanted to make it worth it.


"I didn't want to come out here and finish 60-whatever, close to last."

While the American's prize money for the weekend already made his return trip worthwhile, it could yet prove to be an even more lucrative decision.

DeChambeau's top-10 finish vaulted him past Justin Thomas into first place in the FedEx Cup standings.


If he remains on top by September and wins the FedEx Cup, he'll take home a cool $15 million.

While DeChambeau finished ninth in the Wells Fargo Championship, the tournament was won by Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, who shot a final round 68 to hold off Mexico's Abraham Ancer.

McIlroy netted $1.45 million for the victory, which was his first in over 18 months.