Bryson DeChambeau Finishes Second At Long Drive World Championship

DeChambeau almost pulled off an amazing upset as he came up 20 yards short of eventual winner, Martin Borgmeier

DeChambeau hits a drive
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The world's longest hitters descended on the finals of the Professional Long Drivers Association’s World Championships on Saturday and, amongst the 16 was none other than former US Open winner, Bryson DeChambeau.

Last year, the American finished seventh at the tournament but, coming in to this year's event, he had only one week of preparation and hand surgery not so long ago. However, that didn't stop DeChambeau from nearly pulling off a huge upset, as he made it through to the last eight and into the final against Germany's Martin Borgmeier.

Going head-to-head in the final against Borgmeier, DeChambeau drove three of his six drives into the grid, with his maximum being a gigantic 406 yards. Borgmeier though, demolished his third to 415 yards, before a 426 yard bomb proved to be the decisive blow. 

Following his victory, a clearly pumped up Borgmeier said: “There is one very, very important thing, and all of you guys know, I would not be here, none of us would be here with the improvements in technology, if one guy wouldn’t have come in a year ago to make the sport what it is right now. And I think he’s on a very good track to come back. And that guy is Bryson DeChambeau.

“He also came in second! What is going on! That guy is a professional golfer and he’s putting up these ball speed numbers … he lights it up in the final, hitting 400 plus! No one has ever done that before! People don’t realize how crazy that is!”

Borgmeier hits a drive with sunglasses on

Borgmeier secured his first Long Drive World Championship

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Although the LIV golfer didn't speak on the broadcast, he did acknowledge the German's statement, as DeChambeau finished five places higher than last year in what has been a rather difficult year for him. Moving to LIV Golf from the PGA Tour, he has also suffered with injury through the early part of 2022, needing hand surgery in April.

However, in a tournament which started with 128 competitors at the beginning of the week, the 29-year-old passed every hurdle as, after getting easily through to the final 32, he used his last golf ball to get inside the top 16. From there, he finished above the likes of Kyle Berkshire, Justin James and Zack Holton to secure a spot in the final.

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x