Bryson DeChambeau is one step closer to Professional Long Drive World Championship glory after advancing to the last 32 thanks to a second-place group finish in the round of 64.
The big-hitting American failed to match his exploits on the opening day of competition in Nevada, but comfortably secured a top-eight finish thanks to an 825-point haul.
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DeChambeau made the last 16 on his debut in the event last year but will be aiming to better that result and challenge defending champion and long-drive royalty Kyle Berkshire.
The tournament began on Wednesday as 122 entrants took to the now iconic driving range at Mesquite Sports and Event Complex. They were divided into eight groups of 15 or 16, with the top eight advancing to the next stage.
DeChambeau finished first of his group in round one on 900 points thanks to an impressive display of consistency, as all six of his drives passed the 355-yard mark, with his best effort topping out at 374 yards.
But despite sailing through the second round, the 29-year-old admitted he's "got to move it faster" ahead of the next stage later today.
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Ahead of the event, DeChambeau attempted to downplay the incident at the LIV Golf Invitational Chicago that saw him hit the deck in dramatic style after colliding with a gallery rope. In a video posted on Instagram by pgamemes, the enigmatic American successfully ducked under a rope to the sarcastic delight of those in attendance.
In response, Shane Lowry mockingly took to Twitter to ask his 276,000 Twitter followers what was worse: Bryson's attempt at humour or the brutal weather set to hit the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship today.
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A lifelong golf fan, Andy graduated in 2019 with a degree in Sports Journalism and got his first role in the industry as the Instruction Editor for National Club Golfer. From there, he went on to enjoy a spell freelancing for Stats Perform producing football reports, and then for RacingNews365 covering Formula 1. However, he couldn't turn down the opportunity to get back into the sport he grew up watching and playing and now covers a mixture of equipment, instruction and news for Golf Monthly's website and print title.
Andy took up the game at the age of seven and even harboured ambitions of a career in the professional ranks for a spell. That didn’t pan out, but he still enjoys his weekend golf at Royal Troon and holds a scratch handicap. As a side note, he's made five holes-in-one and could quite possibly be Retief Goosen’s biggest fan.
As well as the above, some of Andy's work has featured on websites such as goal.com, dailyrecord.co.uk, and theopen.com.
What's in Andy's bag?
Driver: Callaway Mavrik Sub-Zero (9°)
3-wood: TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus (15°)
Driving iron: Titleist U500 (17°)
Irons: Callaway Apex Pro '19 (4-PW)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM9 (50°, 54° and 58°)
Putter: TaylorMade Spider X
Ball: TaylorMade TP5x
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