Bryson DeChambeau Names Potential PGA Tour Players Who Can Succeed at Long Drive Championships

Published 10/02/2021, 6:20 AM EDT
Mar 25, 2021; Austin, Texas, USA; Bryson DeChambeau on #1 tee box during the second day of the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play golf tournament at Austin Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports


Bryson DeChambeau made it to the final eight of the Professional Long Drivers Association World Championship. However, the champion golfer then got eliminated in the subsequent round on Friday at Mesquite, Nevada. This was DeChambeau’s first try at this event, and he looked delighted with the way he performed. 

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DeChambeau got into the final day through a round-robin of 16 players. Moreover, his longest drive came in the first set, where he bombed a 406-yard drive. However, even this couldn’t give him a top spot in his group as Martin Borgmeier smashed a 416-yard drive. 

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In the post-round interview, a journalist asked DeChambeau which of his PGA Tour peers he thinks could have made it to say a round of 16 this week? “Tony Finau for sure,” said Bryson, without any hesitation. “Oh, ya, hundred percent for sure if he practiced a little bit with the swing. I know it’s not like the swing he makes on Tour, but he definitely has the potential.” 

Aug 19, 2021; Jersey City, New Jersey, USA; Bryson DeChambeau watches his approach shot on the 17th hole during the first round of The Northern Trust golf tournament at the Liberty National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Interestingly, even though Bryson answered it to be Tony Finau, he isn’t known much for his distance game. Moreover, Finau is T31 in terms of driving distance, with 305.5 yards being his average distance off the tee in the 2020-21 PGA Tour season. But maybe DeChambeau has seen some potential in him and, hence, without any hesitation, picked Finau.  

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Moreover, Bryson DeChambeau further mentioned Australian golfer Cameron Champ, and of course, Tiger Woods during his days would have had the potential to compete in the longest drive event. Moreover, he concluded by adding another name, Phil Mickelson, when he was younger. Bryson believes if Phil did a bit of speed training, he had the length and ability to do it. 

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Meanwhile, Bryson’s presence in this event turned out to be a blessing. As he brought more eyeballs and attention this year, which made the live stream server crash along with the scoreboard. Furthermore, he even confirmed that he would love to compete in this event again and get his hands on the trophy. 

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Amey Kulkarni

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Amey Kulkarni is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in mass media. Before joining EssentiallySports he used to write articles on Golf and Cricket on his personal blog cricgolf.

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