Bryson DeChambeau did it again – this time with the stakes raised, en route to victory in the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
DeChambeau threw a 377 yard (345m) drive on the sixth hole at Bay Hill Monday (AEDT). The American’s monster cut a huge dog paw around the water on the 531 yard (486m) hole and left it just 88 yards (80m) from the pin.
DeChambeau was tied for the lead with his playing partner Lee Westwood at the time, meaning it was a brave call to go for the all-or-nothing player. The gallery erupted again as he pulled it out.
The blow exceeded his effort in the third round, when he crushed the ball 370 yards (338 m) above the water. This stroke was the longest drive on Bay Hill No.6 in 18 years, but was not beaten until a day later.
However, DeChambeau’s feat did not fully pay off. He and Westwood birdie par-five after the Englishman took a more conventional route. Incredibly, the next closest blow to the pin on No.6 in the final round was 231 yards.
Westwood bogeyed No.14 on a tough day, while DeChambeau held on. He won by an 11-under shot, finishing with a under 71 thanks to a flawless back nine. Westwood was hoping to win his first PGA Tour title since 2010.
It was DeChambeau’s eighth victory on the PGA Tour. He won his first major championship last year, the US Open at Winged Foot.
DeChambeau has been a controversial player, due both to his slow pace of play and his drastically altered physique. From the end of 2019, he gained muscle to improve his length off the tee and now enjoys a huge advantage over his rivals.
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