Bryson DeChambeau finished tied for second in his group after day one of the Professional Long Drivers Association World Championships, averaging 406.2 yards on his five longest tee shots.
DeChambeau hit records of 412, 408, 407, 403 and 401 yards on Tuesday to advance to the next round of the event. Wednesday’s field will be reduced from 64 to 32, with the top eight in each group moving to Thursday and then to the bottom 16 for Friday’s final round.
His 412-yard drive was tied for third in his group with Josh Cassaday, who also had a 417-yard drive. Scottie Pearman, who leads the group, traveled 413 yards.
Each competitor has five sets where each strikes six balls. In each set, they face two or three other people directly. The first place in this set gets 200 points, the second 100, the third 50 and the fourth 25.
DeChambeau had three firsts and two seconds to finish with 800 points, which was tied with Jim Waldron behind Pearman (900) in his group.
It’s been a busy week for DeChambeau. Following the United States’ Ryder Cup victory, DeChambeau flew to Detroit on Tuesday to help announce an extended contract between the Rocket Mortgage Classic and the Detroit Golf Club. He then traveled to Mesquite, Nevada, for the long distance competition.
DeChambeau had a 417-yard Ryder Cup drive on the fifth par-5, so it’s not out of the question that he is still capable of hitting it further than his 412 on Tuesday.