Bryson DeChambeau cleared the water on a 420-yard hole Tuesday at the Travelers Championship
CROMWELL, Conn. - Bryson DeChambeau's weight gain odyssey has grown from amusement to astonishment. After the former US amateur and NCAA champion took 34th place on the PGA Tour in the driving distance last season, thanks to a new training and diet plan, he is the first to win / get strokes. He also took a sledgehammer with the saying "Drive for Show, Putt for Dough" and has landed no worse than T-8 in his last five starts.
Of course, as he proved on Tuesday, a "show" aspect remains in his game.
DeChambeau spoke to the media in the TPC River Highlands prior to the Travelers Championship and was asked if the layout better suited his newly discovered skills than Colonial and Harbor Town, the first two stops on the tour's return to golf and event venues historically Prefer accuracy over performance. DeChambeau agreed and provided this gem when it was being worked out.
"I can use the length on the front nine to my advantage and there are a few holes on the back nine that I can do as well," said DeChambeau. “It was pumping into the wind at 12 noon today, I was still getting it down the hill over the bunkers. 13, I met drivers, 5-irons in. And so for me - well, on 15 I met Hybrid. 17, I tried walking out on the green out here. I got it over when I hit 198 mph ball speed, but it's just not worth it. But it was fun trying things that I just never thought would be possible. "
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For those who need a refresher on the TPC River Highlands property, the 17th Par 4 is 420 meters long and bends around a lake. To remove the water from the tee, it is a good 370 meters.
CROMWELL, CT - JUNE 24: Fans walk along the 17th hole during the final round of the Travelers Championship on the TPC River Highlands on June 24, 2018 in Cromwell, Connecticut. (Photo by Stan Badz / PGA TOUR)
Photo by: Stan Badz
So what DeChambeau did for laypeople is pure magic.
"On the 17th, I just thought I'd try and try, and I could get it done after three or four tries," DeChambeau continued.
DeChambeau said, however, that during the tournament game he would play 17th "normally", that is, like the rest of us mortals.
"It's obviously not worth it," said DeChambeau. “I would have to reach a ball speed of 200 to 205 miles an hour every time in order to be able to hit it with this wind.
“But it's fun doing things I've never done before and getting iron shots in holes that didn't even make sense to me a year ago. I can't do that under any circumstances. For me it is a different golf course this year. "
It should be noted that DeChambeau plays in rounds 1 and 2 at Travelers with bombers Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy. It looks like July 4th is coming to Cromwell early.
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