Bryson DeChambeau tries to drive 420-yard 17th hole during Travelers practice
Expect Bryson DeChambeau to unleash the octopuses in the TPC River Highlands this week.
Don't expect him to drive the 17th green.
After two weeks in smaller stadiums, Colonial and Harbor Town, DeChambeau and his driver, whom he calls "octopuses", were able to beat their eyelashes more frequently during Tuesday's practice session for the Travelers Championship. He even reached a speed of 200 km / h when he tried to drive the green at the penultimate hole, a 420-yard par-4 hole that requires about 360 yards of carry-over water.
DeChambeau took a few tries, but eventually sent a 370-meter stretch that cleared the water but still missed the putting surface.
"I just thought I'd try and try, and I could get it over after three or four tries," he said. "But of course it's not worth it. I would have to reach a ball speed of 200 to 205 mph every time to get over it with that wind, so I will still play it normally.
"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."
DeChambeau said his goals this season include the usual: winning multiple tournaments, winning a major, conquering the FedExCup. But he also strives to achieve a ball speed of 195 miles per hour in competition. He already reached 200 when he was training at home during the break.
"At the moment I'm just playing a numbers game to be the casino," he said.
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