Bryson DeChambeau had a simple answer when asked why he decided to become the first full-time PGA Tour pro to compete in the Professional Long Drivers Association World Championship.
“I want to grow the game of golf,” he said.
Most golfers in the PGA Tour shy away from the event because their driving lengths are rarely enough to contend but DeChambeau is a completely different beast.
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Put simply, he knows how to hit long drives and proved it as he advanced easily in his debut.
DeChambeau was tied for second place in his group after the first day, averaging 406.2 yards on his five longest tee shots.
The American hit drives of 412, 408, 407, 403 and 401 yards, with his 412-yard effort tied for the third-longest of the group.
DeChambeau though stressed to media after the first day he does not want the spotlight squarely focused on him, instead calling for his competitors to be given the praise they deserve.
“I’m not trying to step on their toes,” he said.
“I want to showcase them. That’s the most important thing I can tell you, as much as you guys want to talk about me, I want to highlight these amazingly talented individuals that are doing things I can only dream of in life in terms of ball speed.
“It’s something I wanted to hype up and get the world to see it’s pretty special.”
For a brief rundown of how the event actually works, each participant has five sets where they can hit six balls.
From there, each competitor takes on two or three others in each set, with first place getting 200 points, second pocketing 100, third getting 50 and fourth taking home 25.
DeChambeau had three firsts and two seconds to end the day on 800 points.
It capped off what has been a busy week for DeChambeau, with the long-drive contest starting just two days after the United States’ victory at the Ryder Cup.
DeChambeau boasted a 323.7-yard driving average in the 2021 season of the PGA Tour, with his longest drive coming in at 414 yards.