Anyone who thought that Bryson DeChambeau could break down the hype this week after his Masters flop last November just doesn’t know the mad scientist. He can’t help it, bless him.
The first tee would always be the place to be on Thursday at 1.36 p.m. as he embarks on his final quest to bring Augusta to his knees and claim the green jacket.
But just in case there was anyone among the limited crowd thinking about having a late lunch or settling elsewhere, Bryson certainly convinced them otherwise after revealing his intention to launch a tee shot like the hole yet. never seen before. .
Progressive Bryson DeChambeau could make this year’s Masters tournament its own
Armed with a new driver with a loft of just 4.5 degrees reportedly – no other top golfer has probably even thought of using one with less than 7.5 degrees of loft – it will literally give the Masters a take a new direction.
While most of the field will aim to the left of the fairway bunker, and some of the big hitters will try to clear it out, DeChambeau plans to aim over the trees to the right of the bunker, hoping for a wider one. piece of finely cut grass just below the putting surface on this 445 yard par four. The only bunker he is concerned about is therefore the greenside.
Of course he could save if the wind is in the wrong direction and follow the line of a mortal.
“That is not the intention, however,” he emphasized. “The target line is to the right as far as I can.”
How can you hit the ball high enough to clear up the high pines with a driver loft this low? Of course, the physics graduate has worked out the science, with his ultra-long tees and hitting the ball on top.
The burly Californian wants to lead Augusta, and golf in general, in a different direction
It’s one thing, of course, to say it and imagine it. Quite another to step up and rip it off. In practice, DeChambeau linked deed to word, with the estimated 360-yard carry being performed not once, but twice.
There was more. On almost every par four, he described lines of tees that drew incomprehensible, bewildered expressions into the press room. If the poor Green Jackets on the Masters Tournament Committee are currently in horizontal position in a darkened room, who can blame them?
There is still compelling argument to believe that a harsh and fast Augusta National will wipe out the Californian’s power once the game kicks off, but it certainly hasn’t limited his imagination.
“ I’ve never seen it so early so soon and I honestly don’t know if it will hurt me or help me, but I do like the challenge, ” he said.
“I think my height will go a long way in enabling me to hit short irons in greens so hard, but we all know the length in this place is as good as your next shot.”
Armed with a unique driver, the 27-year-old plans a new route around the Georgia trail
DeChambeau plans to ignore the fairway on Hole 1 and drive 445 yards straight onto the green
DeChambeau learned so much in November, when he invariably found the wrong quadrants on the greens and ended up playing the final round with a 63-year-old grandfather in Bernhard Langer, who beat him with a shot.
Over the past four months, DeChambeau has shown different sides to his game, with a lot of artistry and general skill in addition to all that extraordinary power. At last month’s Arnold Palmer Invitational, he also showed his heart to hold off Lee Westwood after an epic weekend duel.
When he last completed his final lap at Augusta, DeChambeau complained of dizziness while on the track. When asked Tuesday, the US Open champion came up with a comprehensive answer about all the tests he underwent, from brain scans to heart monitors, the works.
“In the end we found nothing wrong,” he said.
But something that has worked? Better sleep schedule, which leads to better breathing technique. And while challenging the core beliefs and essence of his sport, everyone in golf has also taken a deep breath.
He defeated Lee Westwood (right) at the Arnold Palmer Invitational Tournament in March
“I love going down countless rabbit holes to see what I can find and it will never stop,” DeChambeau said. “It won me the US Open and now this tournament is the biggest goal for me, so bring it on.”
The new driver in the bag is one he’s been working on for several months. The press room is at the end of the practice range and you can see it in the distance, hitting ball after ball as it gets closer and closer to the building, over 400 yards away.
The sight of spotlights lit on practice tracks because a man wants to keep going after dark has become a household name on tour. So it was Tuesday night in Augusta.
The fact that his body can withstand all these punishments is just as awe-inspiring as the bow that his urges take today.
Whatever you do on Thursdays, make sure to pause at 6:36 pm UK time for something that won’t be quite out of this world, but maybe close.