Bryson DeChambeau on his ‘dedication’ to succeed in golf
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Bryson DeChambeau missed out on long drive glory at the world championships after failing to secure a place in the last four by just six yards. The American showed off his big-hitting prowess at the Ryder Cup last month with an outrageous 417-yard tee shot on the opening day, but it ultimately wasn’t enough in his pursuit of the long drive crown.
DeChambeau had announced his intention to compete in these championships in Nevada, and was in training to increase his power and distance off the tee while also preparing to represent his country at the Ryder Cup.
He was among the American dozen which beat Team Europe by a record margin at Whistling Straits, and continued his winning form at the start of the long drive tournament.
The Texan made it to the final eight, whittled down from the 80 entrants who began the competition on Monday.
DeChambeau’s bid to make it to the final four literally fell short on Friday night, despite hitting nine drives over the course of the week which exceeded 400 yards and reaching a ball speed high of 219mph – three miles per hour faster than his personal best.
“I was super excited to get to the final eight. I never expected that in my first competition,” he said after bowing out.
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“I think I have shown the world that I can perform at these high speeds and still go play golf on the PGA Tour.”
Despite his monster drives and explosive power off the tee, DeChambeau insists he will work to find even more speed and distance in the future.
“It’s crazy. 220 is the next barrier. I am going to give myself a little bit of a break, I need to rest the body because I am shot beyond belief, but it was the best speed training session I could have ever had and competing against these guys was the best motivation I could have had.
“I am going to improve my strength and my body. I am nowhere near as big as these guys, and I’ve got to get up there.”
No-one on the PGA Tour had a higher average driving distance than DeChambeau in the last two seasons, and he plans on continuing to dominate on that front in 2022.
At the same time, the American wants to increase his tour average ball speed of 190.72mph to the point where his is hitting “over 200 every time I tee it up”.
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The title was won by Kyle Berkshire, who added to his 2019 title by producing a huge 422-yarder in the final.
He was rightly pleased with himself, but hailed DeChambeau’s performances as “one of the greatest sporting achievements I’ve ever seen”.
“I am so proud of Bryson,” he said. “To come out of his domain and hold his own against the absolute best and make the final eight in his first try after coming straight from the Ryder Cup, that is phenomenal.
“That is one of the greatest sporting achievements I’ve ever seen. To go from golf at that level to long drive final 8, that’s an athlete that is very close to once in a generation.”
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