It’s too bad the PGA Tour’s “Every Shot Live” at the Players Championship isn’t available at this week’s WGC–Dell Technologies Match Play. Because we missed an eye-catching drive from Bryson DeChambeau in his second-day match.
However, whereas most DeChambeau drives are the things usually reserved for NASA launches and make one question everything we know about science and physics and existence in general, this was a drive most of us see every weekend at the local public course.
Fans following the reigning US Open champ’s match against Si Woo Kim through Shot Tracker noticed DeChambeau appeared to shank his drive at the par-4 10th, with the tour’s play-by-tracker noting the ball went 46 yards right of the tee. Unfortunately there was no video of the shot, so fans were left wondering if this was a simple leaderboard mistake (which happens from time to time) or if the big man had another tee-box blunder, a la his topped shot at TPC Sawgrass two weeks ago.
Turns out it was the latter, with Bryson telling the assembled media at Austin Country Club that what happened at the 10th was an attempted hero shot gone bad.
“I heel-pulled it lower than I wanted, came off low off the face, came out low – I could have easily cleared the trees up and over like I wanted to, but I hit it on the wrong part of the face and consequently hit the tree limb,” DeChambeau explained. “Hey, look, I was trying to drive the green, whether it was the practice green or the 10th green. I got it close.”
DeChambeau lost the hole to Kim but won three of the final four holes to knock off Kim, 2&1, keeping DeChambeau’s weekend hopes alive with a must-see day-three bout against Tommy Fleetwood. Let’s just hope the cameras are rolling for the entire ride.