Bryson DeChambeau has amused and happy fans at the Arnold Palmer Invitational by shattering a 338-metre drive over a lake at the Bay Hillside Golf Club’s fearsome 6th opening.
DeChambeau, who has made a habit of introducing beast drives in recent years, fired a 68 to end the day in the 2nd area, one-shot behind Lee Westwood.
The 2020 US Open champion has teased all week concerning taking all the water on the right-to-left bending par-five opening, but problems have not yet been right for an attempt.
When he arrived there on Saturday’s third round, the fans began supporting as the chauffeur came out.
DeChambeau offered it a rip and elevated his arms, a scene right out of the World Long Drive Champion, and afterwards thrust both arms airborne again when he saw the shot clear the water, run through the fairway and also right into the rough, 64 metres from the hole.
” Oh, man, I felt like a youngster once again, for sure,” DeChambeau stated.
” It was exciting, especially when you pull it off. It was practically like winning a competition. It’s a type of sensation I had. It resembled, ‘Oh, I did it.’ I got the same chills and sensation when I saw it clearly, and also, there was no splash.
” I provided the followers what they wanted.”
Incredibly, that could not have been the shot of the day.
Jordan Spieth made a hole-in-one with a five iron from 202 metres on the second opening, while Jazz Janewattanond made an ace on the 193m 14th hole.
Meanwhile, Keegan Bradley fired a 64, the reduced round of the week.
Every one of them was in the mix, indicating there needs to be a lot of home entertainment on Sunday.
Westwood, who transforms 48 next month, enjoyed being leading, yet to be in contention.
” It behaves to be still playing in these events. You’ve got to be leading 50 worldwide,” Westwood claimed.
” And if you would certainly have stated to me twenty years back, will certainly you still be top 50 worldwide at 48? I may have been slightly sceptical.
” And also it just reveals that I’m still efficient in playing well in these tournaments with all the great young gamers around me and also obviously contending since that’s what I’m doing this week.”
Westwood has had five victories because transforming 40, including against the best area of regular European Trip events in 2014 in Abu Dhabi, after which he finished the year as European leading.
So this did not amaze him, especially on a training course that fits his eye, even though he has just one finish in the leading 10.
” I have not shed any of my lengths as well as I have not lost any of my excitement to go and function and also work in the health club,” Westwood said. “My nerves are still undamaged; I still get into contention and also enjoy it rather than the withdraw.”