Bryson DeChambeau Exceeds Expectations At World Long Drive Championship

Bryson DeChambeau Exceeds Expectations At World Long Drive Championship

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DeChambeau surpassed his own expectations at the World Long Drive Championships, reaching the final 8 before being eliminated.

Bryson DeChambeau Exceeds Expectations At World Long Drive Championship

Bryson DeChambeau wowed the crowds in Las Vegas, defying even his expectations as the 28-year-old managed to reach the last 8 before being eliminated.

“I didn't even think I'd make the final 16," said DeChambeau. "I thought I’d make it to the round of 32, but getting to the top 16 is pretty sweet, to say you’re one of the top 16 long drivers in the world and one of the longest drivers in the world is pretty sweet."

DeChambeau, whose longest drive came in the opening day of the event (412 yards), was able to reach the 400-yard mark nine times throughout the tournament.

Coming to the tail end of the event, the American was now facing off against the world's elite, with the likes of former champions, Kyle Berkshire and Justin James, still in the field.

It would actually be current world champion (and eventual winner), Berkshire, who DeChambeau faced off against in the round of 16, with Martin Borgmeier and Nick Vorbeck completing the group of four.

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In his set of five, DeChambeau posted drives of 406, 386, 403, 396 and 394 yards, with the final shot worth a victory in set five, propelling him into the next round.

After making it through to the round of 8 the groups were re-seeded, with DeChambeau facing off against Borgmeier, James and Colton Casto. Despite registering a 391-yard missile, it wasn't enough, with the American finishing just short.

In the final of the event it was Berkshire who defended his title, defeating James with a 422-yard drive!

However, after a two-week stretch of golf that spanned a Ryder Cup victory and a Long Drive World Championship appearance, DeChambeau can proclaim himself as the 7th best golfer in the world, as well as the 6th longest hitter on the planet.

"I'm definitely going to continue to keep doing this, and I think these guys that are bigger, better, faster, stronger than me are going to keep pushing me to go faster," said DeChambeau. " I think this is going to translate over really, really well to the PGA Tour."

DeChambeau is expected to take a break from the game now, with the Hero World Challenge his next likely PGA Tour start.

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

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