The legend of Bryson DeChambeau grows with a crazy shot


ORLANDO, Fla. – Everyone loves the long ball.

In all sports. The 80-yard touchdown pass in football. Tape measure home runs in baseball. The half court shakes in basketball. And, of course, the long golf runs.

Years ago, John Daly brought so many looks to his game because he hit farther than anyone else in the game. Then Tiger Woods came along and he was longer than the others.

Today’s fascination in golf is Bryson DeChambeau, who got a lot of attention last year for bulking up and going crazy for too long.

All week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, DeChambeau had taunted everyone about his intention to try and drive the green over a large lake on the 555-yard par-5 sixth hole.

In his practice round on Wednesday, he tried twice and came up short against the wind. The wind didn’t help enough in the first two rounds for him to give it a try on Thursday and Friday, despite the crowd urging him every time he reached the sixth starting place.

Yet in the third round on Saturday, DeChambeau gave the crowd what they wanted, taking an aggressive line across the lake and landing his tee shot to the right of the green, a tee shot that traveled an unholy 370 yards.

As soon as the ball left his driver’s clubface, DeChambeau knew he had driven him crazy, raising his arms in victory.

Bryson DeChambeau shoots from the third tee during the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament on Saturday.
Bryson DeChambeau shoots from the third tee during the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament on Saturday.
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Spectators, who went wild at DeChambeau’s shot. But they weren’t the only interested observers.

Jordan Spieth, who played the first two rounds with DeChambeau and said publicly that he was bummed that DeChambeau didn’t do what he did on Saturday, Thursday or Friday, was playing No. 7 just ahead of DeChambeau and stopped on his walk to the green to watch the tee shot, pointing to his caddy, Michael Greller, where the ball landed.

Rory McIlroy, who was playing a hole behind DeChambeau, stopped and watched the shot.

As it turned out, DeChambeau hit the tee shot so well that he could have taken an even more aggressive line on the green and steered the green. His tee shot landed to the right of the green, he jumped to the front of the green and threw two putts for the birdie to tie the lead at the time.

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