Just a few days after helping his team reclaim the Ryder Cup, Bryson is showing off his talents in a big way. On Tuesday, he participated in the Professional Long Drivers Association World Championship held in Mesquite, Nevada.
DeChambeau hit 30 drives on Day 1 and landed a whopping 400+ yards on five of his shots. His average distance was 406.2 yards after driving 412, 408, 407, 403 and 401 yards. He ended the day in second place in his 16-man group.
“I felt like I just won something today, I won a big PGA tournament, even though I just qualified for the next day, because it’s my first time,” DeChambeau told ESPN. “Being out there the first set was a little nerve-wracking for me, I wasn’t comfortable. But going through the second, third, fourth, fifth, I just got more comfortable as time went on.”
Thirteen other golfers hit drives longer that Bryson’s longest shot and many who had more than one. Kyle Berkshire hit 11 drives longer than 413 yards. His longest shot of the day was a massive 455-yard bomb.
Of course, no one is really surprised that Bryson was able to accomplish such a feat. He is known for bombing drives and testing new techniques to achieve even bigger numbers. Bryson trained so hard for the event, he ‘wrecked’ his hands before competing in the Ryder Cup. His longest drive there was 417 yards so it became clear he would not disappoint for the PLDA World Championship.
DeChambeau is among 64 golfers to advance to the next round.