Golf hulk thwarted by ‘Bryson-proof’ move

Bryson DeChambeau made a mockery of the Arnold Palmer Invitational when he carried the par-five sixth at Bay Hill.

Until Sunday (AEDT), the par-five played 484 metres. That was the distance for those playing the hole the conventional way.

Not DeChambeau though, who took on the 310 metre carry over the lake — and made it with a 340 metre carry.

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To show it was no fluke, he did it again on Monday in his 11-under par, one-shot win over Lee Westwood on Monday (AEDT).

Not that it necessarily helped DeChambeau, as both he and Westwood birdied the hole to prove that there’s many ways to approach a hole.

After his win, DeChambeau was asked if he had any plans to rewrite the course approach with his length at this week’s Players Championship at Sawgrass in Florida.

“I have thought about sometimes on 18 going left into 9,’’ DeChambeau said, referring to avoiding the lake that hugs the left side of the narrow 18th fairway.

“It just gives you a better shot into the green where you can just hit it a little long and you’re always going to be OK. The cover (carry) is like 310 [yards], but we’ll see. I’ll look at all options if there is an advantage there. But if not, I’ll just hit 4-iron down the fairway and hopefully an 8-iron or 7-iron into the green.’’

Bryson DeChambeau of the United States.Source:Getty Images

On Tuesday, the PGA issued a statement prohibiting players from hitting to the ninth hole off 18.

“In the interest of safety for spectators, volunteers and other personnel, The Players Championship Rules Committee has installed an internal out of bounds left of the lake for play of hole 18. Similar instances of internal out of bounds for safety purposes have occurred at The Open Championship (hole 9) in 2017, the 2021 Sony Open in Hawaii (hole 13 and hole 18), and most recently, the 2021 Arnold Palmer Invitational (hole 6).’’

It was also after his Arnold Palmer Invitational win that he was asked whether he was concerned tournaments would “Bryson-proof” the course in the same way they once tried to with Tiger Woods.

DeChambeau brushed it off.

“I don’t think you can Bryson-proof a golf course,” he said.

Unfortunately for the golf-hulk, they just did.

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