‘I Just Won Something Today’ – Bryson DeChambeau After Debuting at Long Drive World Championships

Published 09/29/2021, 3:29 AM EDT
Golf – The 2020 Ryder Cup – Whistling Straits, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, U.S. – September 26, 2021 Team USA’s Bryson DeChambeau reacts after holing his putt on the 9th green to win the hole during the Singles REUTERS/Brian Snyder


Bryson DeChambeau was impressive at the 43rd Ryder Cup, but he did not have time to stick around for the celebrations. The 28-year-old is currently in Mesquite, Nevada, competing in the Professional Long Drivers Association World Championships, an event that is completely new to him. 

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While the competition might be different than the ones on the PGA Tour, Bryson isn’t new to the concept of hitting bombs. The 2020 U.S. Open champion is keen on making an impact in the event and has got off to a good start on Day 1. 

Bryson DeChambeau was given five sets with six balls on Day 1, and he had two-and-a-half minutes to complete each set. DeChambeau tried to gain maximum distance from each set and performed well for a debutant at the Long Drive event. He qualified for Day 2.

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Golf – The 2020 Ryder Cup – Whistling Straits, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, U.S. – September 26, 2021 Team USA’s Bryson DeChambeau reacts on the 1st green after winning the hole during the Singles REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Bryson DeChambeau is feeling ecstatic after debuting at Long Drive World Championships 

Bryson DeChambeau is no stranger to hitting bombs. He leads the PGA Tour in driving distance and is a formidable figure when it comes to striking the ball off the tee. However, DeChambeau, knows that the competitors in this long drive event are people who can easily shoot 400-450 yards off the tee. 

“I felt like I just won something today, I won a big PGA tournament, even though I just qualified for the next day, because it’s my first time,” DeChambeau said after a good first round.

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Bryson DeChambeau was grouped with three other competitors in each of his sets. What’s worth pointing out is the fact that he finished first in three of them and placed second in the remaining two. Furthermore, his longest drive of the day was a 412-yard monster

SetBall 1Ball 2Ball 3Ball 4Ball 5Ball 6Place in set
1OBOB381381391OBSecond
2369OB393372371384Second
3401394372403OB387First
4384OBOB373412407First
5365379355OBOB408First

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“It’s so exciting, it’s a bit of, I guess you could relate it to more of like a shot-putting exhibition or something, I think Olympics, where you’re just as hyped up as you possibly can be,” DeChambeau added about his experience. 

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DeChambeau indeed felt the nerves during the opening set, but he overcame it effectively. The eight-time PGA Tour winner has qualified for the next phase of the competition and is hopeful to win the title. Do you reckon he can do it? 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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