Bryson DeChambeau, the 27-year-old American golfer who in recent times has revolutionized his sport with a huge punch, had been warning. I was going to dare, yes, to use the driver on hole 6 of Bay Hill, the venue these days of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, a par five of about 500 meters in which an immense lake separates the tee output of green. The mortals skirt the water with the first blow to go on to attack the flag with the second. Too predictable for the DeChambeau gunner, who was waiting for the ideal conditions (strength and direction of the wind) to try the impossible, to fly over the water with the first blow. It was tested by the muscle-packed golfer in the practice rounds, but neither Thursday nor Friday did the calculator give him the go-ahead. Until this Saturday, when he took the rifle out of the holster and sent the ball 370 yards (about 338 meters) with the first blow. Was the driver longest in that hole since 2003, and he celebrated with open arms amid a hubbub. “It has been incredible to have the fans there and what I have done. I hope to do it again, ”he said.
Although the machado only served to hunt the birdie, DeChambeau proved once again that he is not bluffing. The golfer in the beret has set out to take golf into a new dimension, that of a superlative puncher capable of striking shots that very few (or no one) dare. He already showed it in the last Augusta Masters, although he lacked control to tame all that savagery of power.
The effects of his bid for brute force have even led golf’s governing bodies, the USGA and the Royal and Ancient, to propose a ban on 48-inch clubs, such as the one DeChambeau has tested, and that the maximum length be 46 inches. The debate about distance, and the effects that the increase in meters gained on the course has on the essence of golf, is still very present. Blow by blow, DeChambeau keeps getting everyone talking about him.