DeChambeau Out-Stats Tiger Drives; Wins the Rocket Mortgage Challenge
Next up for the Mad Scientist: prove he's more than the trend du jour.
He's off to a good start:
- Dude bought into same-length clubs, and they work;
- Dude saw the logic of a one-plane swing, and it works;
- Dude saw what hulking up did for Brooks Koepka, and that worked.
DeChambeau considered this tournament to be money before he even set foot on the driving range:
- Lotsa top contenders were giving it a miss, and
- He figured it was about damn time he hit full stride in the PGA Tour's fourth week of returning action.
Every elite athlete believes in himself, but he takes it even further. Dude's self-awareness and mind-over-matter approach top his impressive list of quirks, which may well ensconce him into the sorta larger-than-life attraction the Tour sorely needs.
DeChambeau sometimes takes that too seriously.
Ask the TV cameraman he accused of damaging his brand after he appeared to be slashing for oil reserves in a trap on the 7th hole.
Bryson running a little hot. Caught up with him on 7 where he took a Sergio slash at the sand after splashing out of a greenside bunker, muttered an expletive after missing the par save and spent 60 seconds in a...testy discussion with a cameraman on his way to 8 tee. pic.twitter.com/ENjQt1U689— Will Gray (@WillGrayGC) July 4, 2020
For most of the weekend, though, dude was in control and -- as advertised -- a cannon off the tee.
In fact, DeChambeau obliterated Tiger Woods' record for longest average driving distance in a PGA Tour win, blasting the ball 350.6 yards compared to Tiger's 341.5:
Longest drives of the week for @B_DeChambeau:— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) July 5, 2020
344 yards pic.twitter.com/0tWgS0WrUP
Even after flying over the fairway bunkers and nestling in traps around the green, his all-round game was dialed in:
That's just one example why dude carded a 66-67-67-65 for a 23-under weekend that was good enough for a three-stroke cushion over runner-up Matthew Wolff and a $1.35million check.
A measure of his performance was becoming the first player in the ShotLink era to lead in both ...
- Strokes Gained: Off the Tee: 6.672 and
- Strokes Gained: Putting: 7.831
There have always been hot golfers over a period of time -- take Jordan Spieth, 2015-2017 -- and DeChambeau's gotta go a ways just to match that, but there's something different happening here.
In so many ways, he's sorta stripped down his game so there's less to go wrong in his mechanics. They may be unorthodox to some but make sense to him and just possibly a growing legion of duffers who see them easier to duplicate than those of most pros.