Golfing actor of many disguises Bryson DeChambeau returns to the stage at Augusta National

The 2020 US Open champion forgot his lines at last year’s Masters, but has high hopes of an improved performance this week.

It's safe to say that Bryson DeChambeau's visit to Augusta National last November didn't exactly go to plan.

He started it by adopting the Machiavellian wiles of Professor Moriarty and ended it looking as one-dimensional as Professor Plum.

Not so much Sherlock Holmes' mastermind foe and the Napoleon of Crime, more like a boorish, and ultimately blunt, attack with the lead piping.

"I'm looking at it as a par 67 for me because I can reach all the par fives in two, no problem," he said of Augusta National pre-tournament, going into further detail with angles of attack that revealed the multiple times that he would be employing short irons into the greens on the par-4s as well as the longer holes.

The reaction to his plans was similar to the words Holmes used to describe his arch enemy: "The greatest schemer of all time, the organiser of every devilry, the controlling brain of the underworld!"

Then he shot 70-74-69-73, the par-67 gags flew thick and fast, and the end game was absolutely not: "Bryson DeChambeau, in the Butler Cabin, with the Green Jacket."

Five months on, we've witnessed more of DeChambeau's plotting and it's been far more effective; we've seen him thrash tee shots across lakes to win at Bay Hill and atypically reining back the ball to run close to triumph at TPC Sawgrass.

We've also learned just how frantic folk become in the face of a divisive character: he's always deemed either evil or heroic.

Rather than, say, something a bit different from everyone else, a generator of fun, fury and discussion.

Pantomimes need more than Prince Charming, Cinderella and good intentions.

They also demand villains, devious schemes and the threat of: "He's behind you!"

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Act One, Scene One: The Media Centre

Love interest

Every good story needs romance, and DeChambeau and his faithful bagman Tim Tucker provide it.

"There's been times where there's been some rifts," DeChambeau admitted Tuesday. "But that's any relationship. Sometimes it just happens.

"Fortunately enough he loves me enough and I love him enough to be able to say, hey, you know, we are going to get through this together no matter what, and we are going to persevere.

"He's behind you!"

"He has that same mindset of determination, hard work and wants to find the best way to do something.

"There's been numerous instances where I've said, 'Hey, how can we do this a little bit better?' And he'll come up with an idea or cool thought. And I'll be like, 'Whoa, that's really cool, that's awesome.'"

Evil laugh

It transpires that those dastardly plans have not been binned.

Asked about the tee shot at the first, DeChambeau said: "I'm trying to see how far right I can go."

"Over the trees on the right?" came the response, with a slight gasp.

"Yeah."

The next question was tinged with wariness of other "I don't want to say aggressive line, but maybe attacking lines"?

"I have to think about that," DeChambeau replied, a touch too hammy for the tastes of some maybe, but delicious for others, appearing to come with its very own evil laugh.

And then he delivered his sinister thoughts.

"No. 11, I can squeeze it down the right side pretty far. 10, not really anything.

"No. 9, I can take it over the left trees and get into that big expansive grass, which is cool.

"5, I may hit it over the bunkers, and that gives me a lot of comfort that I can get it over those bunkers on a windy day.

"3, try and drive the green. It's a little firmer this year, so be able to do that. That's one that will be a little bit of a unique line if I do take driver."

Secret Weapon

Of course, there's a secret weapon. How could there not be?

He practically twirled and stroked an imaginary moustache as he revealed fiendishly: "I won't go into specifics of it, but just know this has been a few years in the making and I'm very excited for it.

"Whether it helps me perform at a higher level, I'm not sure, because it's golf and you never know what happens.

"Definitely what I've seen on the driving range and what I've seen the last week in practice, there's some tremendous benefits to it, Mister Bond." (He didn't add the last bit.)

Awkward dialogue

Q: "Do you think that you are extraordinarily talented?"

A: "Well, you saying that makes me humbled, and I appreciate that. I don't know the extent of my talent."

Return to old dates

Last year's performance had a November run, but this year there is a return to established April dates. DeChambeau is excited by the prospect.

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"I've never seen it this fast, this quick, this early, but I certainly love the challenge," he said.

"There's opportunity where the ball will roll out, one of them being No. 2, if you can hit a drive down that hill with spin, it's going to roll pretty far.

"A few other examples. No. 9, everybody is going to be rolling down the hill for the most part.

"No. 7, you can hit a shorter club and have it roll out, which would be great.

"We had a hole location on 17, I played Sunday. It was the front part of the green, about five or six yards on, and if you just got it past the hole, it would roll off the front of the green. I mean, literally it moves a dimple and it's gone."

Motivation

Actors must always know the essence of a character and project it to the audience.

DeChambeau said: "I'm still going down numerous rabbit holes and I will never stop, not only to win golf tournaments but to definitely win this tournament.

"This has been on my radar since I was a kid, and now that I've accomplished winning the US Open, this is the next goal for me.

"I will not stop my pursuit of knowledge of the game, knowledge of the body, knowledge of the golf swing to give myself the best opportunity to win.

"At the end of the day, it comes down to execution."

It's a good idea, however, to stop actors before they start babbling.

"I think I am obviously a spotlight," he added later. "I think all of us players are a spotlight, and we have an obligation to try and be a light."

This week

DeChambeau has made four starts in the Masters and, although he is yet to land a top 20 finish, he has always ended the week in the top 40.

The highlights are low amateur honours on debut in 2016 and a first round 66 in 2019 that earned him a share of the lead.

He has a particularly poor record on Fridays, recording scores of 72-74-75-74.

The American is 11/1 to win the tournament with Bet365, 5/4 with Unibet for a ten 10, and 20/1 with the same firm to be the first round leader.

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