Bryson DeChambeau wows fans at Arnold Palmer Invitational as golf’s big-hitter drives monster 370-yard tee shot over a LAKE to cut out entire par 5… as he closes in on tournament leader Jordan Spieth
- Bryson DeChambeau has earned the reputation as the biggest hitter in golf
- The American spent 2020 lockdown packing on the muscle and swinging hard
- DeChambeau took to the tee at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Saturday
- Despite eyeing up a 530-yard par 5 ahead of him he opted to go for the green
Golf’s Mr Muscle Bryson DeChambeau left a gathered crowd of spectators gobsmacked on Saturday after hitting an outrageous tee shot almost straight into the green on a 530-yard par 5.
Over the past 12 months DeChambeau has earned the reputation as the sport’s biggest hitter and regularly rips the driver off the tee to distances with dwarf that of his competitors, yet at Bay Hill he went that one step further.
DeChambeau took to the tee on the par 5 sixth hole and stared across at an expanse of water that no other golfer would even comprehend getting the ball across.
Bryson DeChambeau finally pulled off his personal quest of beating the par 5 sixth in one shot
Golf’s Mr Muscle ripped a drive and pulled off the impossible at the Arnold Palmer Invitational
Since the tournament began on Thursday, DeChambeau had made it something of a personal quest to dramatically cut out the entire dog-leg left curvature of the whole and go straight for the main prize.
A cool 530-yards stood in the way of the 27-year-old, but with favourable weather conditions the impossible became a reality.
Camera lenses snapped in a flutter of anticipation as Californian gripped and ripped the driver with brute force and waited momentarily to learn the outcome.
DeChambeau has been in strong form in the tournament and will contest the lead on Sunday
A chorus of cheers could be heard, initially murmouring before bursting into shouts of joy once people realised the lake in front of him had been conquered. A slightly more direct line of attack would have likely seen DeChambeau hit the green in one.
Fans watching at home were treated to a unique view of the shot-tracer, which followed DeChambeau’s ball as it pierced the skies above the water before making it safely across and hitting the greenside fairway.
DeChambeau could be seen following the flight of the ball in the air before punching both arms skywards once he realised where it had landed.
He had tried the feat a day prior, though strong winds made the notion of hitting the greenside nothing more than fantasy.
After his first attempt on the sixth, DeChambeau later told the PGAtour: ‘The crowds were great with it.
Crowds are regularly left gobsmacked at the distance the Californian can hit the golf ball
‘I pulled out an iron as a joke off the tee box. For me, it (the wind) was just too much off of the right and more into the wind than anything.
‘With the driver that I’m using right now it’s a heavier head, and so I can’t get the speeds that I’m trying to obtain on the golf course out here.’
The US-Open winner has been in fine form in the tournament, and enters Sunday’s final round of play with eyes on the top spot.
At present time of writing DeChambeau finds himself tied second on the leaderboard at nine under par, just one shot behind leader Jordan Spieth.
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