Revealed: The 5 Golfers Who Outdrove Bryson DeChambeau At The Masters

The Golfing Scientist was around 25 yards behind driving distance leader Rory McIlroy on day one at The Masters

Bryson DeChambeau hits a drive
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Bryson DeChambeau is golf's longest hitter but five players in the Masters field managed to outdrive him on day one at Augusta National.

Bryson averaged 308.4 yards in round one with Jon Rahm, Tommy Fleetwood, Brooks Koepka, Cameron Champ and Rory McIlroy all averaging further than the American. McIlroy led the field in driving distance with an average of 333.2 yards, some 25 yards longer than DeChambeau.

DeChambeau said he has ignored medical advice to tee it up this week after returning from hip and hand injuries that have plagued his 2022 so far. He has managed just five starts this year with his results being a withdrawal, two missed cuts, a T58 and a T25 (coming in the 38-man Sentry Tournament of Champions).

Driving distance - Masters 2022 round one

  • 1. Rory McIlroy 333.2 yards
  • 2. Cameron Champ 321.3 yards
  • 3. Brooks Koepka 312.2 yards
  • 4. Tommy Fleetwood 309.7 yards
  • 5. Jon Rahm 309 yards
  • 6. Bryson DeChambeau 308.4 yards
  • 7. Luke List 307.7 yards
  • 8. Marc Leishman 307.2 yards
  • 9. Matthew Wolff 306.4 yards
  • 10. Sam Burns 303.4 yards

Tiger Woods, who made his first competitive start in 17 months on Thursday at Augusta National, averaged 288.3 yards in round one to sit 39th in the driving distance statistics.

Bottom of the pile, perhaps unsurprisingly, was 1987 champion Larry Mize with an average of 229.2 yards - some 104 yards behind Rory McIlroy. Jose Maria Olazabal was second-last with 244.1 yards behind Bernhard Langer with 247 yards and Sandy Lyle at 250.4 yards.

Driving distance average is calculated on two holes at Augusta National and is typically measured on one hole downwind and one hole into the wind.

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Elliott Heath
Elliott Heath

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.


Elliott is currently playing:


Driver: Honma TR20

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x