DeChambeau Fittingly Launches Moonshots at the Rocket Mortgage Classic
And to think dude was criticized in his recent past for slow play.
Bryson DeChambeau had no choice but to get that habit sorted this season, but as anyone who's followed the PGA Tour's restart, that's not the only thing he changed.
As in himself. Total makeover.
Predictably, the majority of reactions to the new DeChambeau is how his newfound persona is adding consistent distance to his drives.
The PGA Tour record book is loaded with 400-yarders -- and more -- from some of the game's better known bombers, but only a handful are knocking the snot outta the ball -- 340yd+ -- like DeChambeau is doing right now.
- a 376yd blast at the 14th, setting up an eagle, and
- a 377yd crush at the 17th, which he then birdied.
In fact, his back-nine average was 345yds.
Actually, there's only one thing missing from those monster drives.
Allow José Bautista to demonstrate:
OK, so it'd make his looper take a few extra steps to retrieve the club flip. It'd be worth it for the spectacle.
For all this prowess of power dude's displayed, though, there's one thing he hasn't done since the return:
DeChambeau's been in the hunt at all three events, which is notable in its own right:
- Tied for 3rd at the Charles Schwab Challenge,
- Tied for 8th at the RBC Heritage, and
- Tied for 6th at the Travelers.
But it's early days yet, and those dudes are likely the usual opening round rabbits. Odds are none of them are going wire-to-wire.
Does this approach work for the everyday duffer?
Ask this random dude:
Either he's the world's most subtle ringer or that one-plane approach is approachable for the weekend hacker.
DeChambeau, on the other hand, is seeking to make a tad more of his weekend. If he goes heavier on the rockets and lighter on the hacks himself, he just might.