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Bryson DeChambeau finishes in top eight at long drive world championship

24 Nov 2021 | 06:30 | Golf

Bryson DeChambeau made it to the final eight of the Professional Long Drive Championships on Friday before falling 6 yards short of advancing to the championship round.

DeChambeau’s longest drive Friday was 406 yards during the Round of 16. It wasn’t enough to win that set, however, as Martin Borgmeier went 416 yards. DeChambeau also hit a drive that had a 218 mph ball speed.

DeChambeau competed in six rounds over five days at the event, and he made it much farther than people expected a PGA Tour professional to go. His longest drive of the week was 416 yards, which was 1 yard short of his monster drive last weekend at the Ryder Cup.

During Wednesday’s round, DeChambeau’s drives dropped in bounds 70 percent of the time, compared to an average of 20 percent for his opponents. His accuracy throughout the event helped him to continue advancing, as hitting out of bounds can hurt a golfer’s score.

Set Ball 1 Ball 2 Ball 3 Ball 4 Ball 5 Ball 6 Place
1 389 OB 386 406 385 392 Second
2 OB 372 386 OB OB OB Third
3 383 400 376 OB 403 400 Second
4 396 379 394 384 OB OB Third
5 OB 386 OB 394 OB OB First

After his exit, he was asked what other PGA golfers should try their hand at long-drive contests since he is notably the first one to do so. He mentioned Tony Finau and Cameron Champ, and he said Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson could have competed “back in their day.”

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