Last June at the RBC Heritage, while still in the early stages of his bulk-up revolution, Bryson DeChambeau strolled into Harbour Town and began turning heads on the range well before the tournament even began. He was absolutely drunk with power, hitting the ball so far with the driver that he had to move to the back of the range so he didn’t hit it over the net.
Insane speed from @b_dechambeau Launching bombs and having to move to the very back of the range or it’d be in someone’s kitchen 360 yards away. Unbelievably impressive to witness 🔥🔥💣💣💣🙌🏾 pic.twitter.com/LPLdHrPsHR
— Jonathan Yarwood (@JonathanYarwood) June 16, 2020
Fast forward 10 months and this time, RBC Heritage officials appeared more than prepared for DeChambeau’s range bombs. He must have hit at least one or two over the net last June, because according to a few people on site at the tournament had to put an extra net up to catch DeChambeau’s heat-seeking missiles. Here are a few of the photos:
Working the Heritage this week and they paid thousands for these cranes to hold up this net so Bryson doesn’t hit it over the range on to #8 green… Bryson withdrew today 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/PIbQimyu3U
— tea waivy (@imsowaivy) April 12, 2021
— Marty Chandler, PGA (@marty_chandler) April 10, 2021
To be clear, it’s a little speculative that the net was put up solely for DeChambeau. But, let’s be honest, they didn’t put up that thing because they fear Zach Johnson or Luke Donald might fly one up there.
The big dagger, of course, is that DeChambeau withdrew from the event on Monday after his second straight Masters disappointment. So this net may have (allegedly) been put up for a player who didn’t even show up.