It's no secret that Bryson DeChambeau is one of the world's longest hitters. Finishing eighth in the World Long Drive Championships, the American has gone on to top the PGA Tour's driving distance charts for the last two years, with 322.1 and 323.7 yard averages making him comfortably the longest off the tee.
However, at the Farmers Insurance Open, his distance proved a slight problem when it was reported on The Shotgun Start Twitter page that the 28-year-old had shattered two car windscreens when he started “shipping balls over the fence” on the driving range.
The vehicles, who belonged to two caddies, were parked in a dirt lot shown below to the west of the range, with one individual believing it to be in the 'overflow car park' that is next to the eighth green on the North Course.
Source on the ground informs us that Bryson shattered two caddies’ cars windshields when he started “shipping balls over the fence.” Caddies cars were parked in dirt lot shown here to the west of the range. pic.twitter.com/e6X2VceyJPJanuary 27, 2022
It isn't the first time that there have been problems with the length of DeChambeau's driving. At the Royal Greens Golf Club in Saudi Arabia, the American was seen peppering the 12th tee from the driving range in 2021.
With DeChambeau announcing that he will be hitting the ball further than ever in 2022, the tournament organisers have obviously had to make some changes so that the 12th and surrounding areas will be safe for players and spectators. Their solution, well that is to erect a fence at the rear of the range to stop said drives from flying over and wiping out those in the area.
339-yard par 4.@B_DeChambeau drives it to 10 feet. pic.twitter.com/5YWg80PawHJanuary 26, 2022
After shooting a two-under-par round on Wednesday, DeChambeau currently sits seven shots back of leader, Billy Horschel and, if he were to miss the cut, the American's next event, ironically, is the Saudi International, with a star-studded line-up already announced at Royal Greens.
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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
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