‘Very Nervous’ – Bryson DeChambeau Reacts to Reaching Final Round of Long Drive World Championships

Published 10/01/2021, 3:34 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


The PLDA World Championships have been garnering the attention of golf fans over the past three days. The event attracts professional long drivers who can strike the ball at insane club speeds. The objective of the event is to crown a champion who can hit the ball farthest of the tee, and PGA Tour pro Bryson DeChambeau is one of the guys trying to win the tournament this year. 

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The long drive championships are taking place at Mesquite, Nevada, this year. 28-year-old Bryson DeChambeau has brought in a special set of fan following to the event with his participation. He’s been performing well for a debutant, and only aims to finish higher as the event progresses. 

“The first couple days was me just excited to be out here competing,” DeChambeau said.

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 “I was very nervous. The second day felt like, ‘OK, I’ve gotten a lot of these guys.’ But the third day, today, these guys are right there with me and it’s not easy. You’re going up against some of the best in the world. Right in the last set, you can clearly see that guys are 20 yards past me in this wind,” DeChambeau added. 

How did Bryson DeChambeau perform on Thursday? 

The PLDA World Championships follows a very structured format, where only 16 participants compete for the grand prize in the three-day event. The event started with more members, but there was filtered out as the rounds progressed. 

Now, as the final round beckons on Friday, there are only 16 competitors in the Open Division, and Bryson DeChambeau is one of them. While the prize money at stake is not as lucrative when compared to a regular-season event, DeChambeau’s motive is just to win the championship and grow the game of golf. 

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

DeChambeau had a good run on Thursday and finished fourth in his group. This result was enough for him to progress to the final 16, where he will have a real shot at the title. Here are his exact numbers from Thursday, where he shot five sets comprising six balls each. 

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“I’m getting tired, I can tell you that. It’s an endurance battle. These guys have some higher speeds and more endurance than me. They’ve trained for this a lot longer. It’s definitely just an honor to get to the last round,” DeChambeau reflected on his performance. 

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The final round for the Open division begins at 3:45 PM (ET) on Friday, October 1. 

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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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