Bryson DeChambeau’s long haul debut will drag on for at least another day – and after Tuesday’s performance, likely longer.
With just two days of the Ryder Cup, DeChambeau was in Mesquite, Nevada for the first round of the Pro Long Drive World Championship, and he didn’t just show up; he hooked up with the top hitters in the field.
Competing in the third of five groups in the Open Division, DeChambeau finished T-2 of 16 players in his group to easily advance to Wednesday’s 64-man field. DeChambeau was 100 points behind Scottie Pearman, the world’s fifth longest driver, and Pearman needed a last-ball effort to win his final set. Otherwise, Pearman would have matched DeChambeau and Jim Waldron.
Each group competed in five sets, hitting six balls in each set. Points were earned based on how a player finished in each set, and each set matched a player to three different competitors from the same group. The winners of each set got 200 points, the second got 100, the third got 50 and the fourth got 25 points. The ranking of the groups was determined by the total points earned.
On Tuesday, the top 12 players from each of the five 16-player groups advanced to the next round.
In the first set, DeChambeau hit his first two balls out of bounds before settling in and directing his fifth of six balls for 391 yards to finish second in his streak and earn 100 points. He quickly found his rhythm, hitting just nine of 30 balls out of bounds, the best in his group.
In terms of distance, DeChambeau completed three of the six longest trips of the first three groups combined. Josh Cassady hooked up on a 417-yard tailwind and Pearman hit a 413, but DeChambeau was just behind with orders of 412, 408 and 407 yards. He hit the 412 yards and 407 yards in back-to-back swings.
- 417 yards – Josh Cassaday
- 413 – Scottie Pearman
- 412 – Josh Cassaday, Bryson DeChambeau
- 408 – Bryson De Chambeau
- 407 – Bryson De Chambeau
There were still two groups to compete on Tuesday, including one with lead Kyle Berkshire.