Bryson DeChambeau didn’t have to go for it again. After a week’s worth of talking about trying to drive the green on the par-5 sixth hole at Bay Hill, he gave the fans at the Arnold Palmer Invitational their money’s worth on Saturday. Now it was time to get serious. Final group, with Lee Westwood, in contention for a PGA Tour title and a $1.674 million payday. No one would have blamed Brawny Bryson if it went the safe route in the final round.
To hell with that.
Thanks to some more egging on from the vocal crowd in Orlando, DeChambeau let the big dog eat once more, nuking one 377 yards (345 metres) into the fairway bunker just 90 yards (82m) from the green.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 7, 2021
Westwood had the unfortunate task of following up this missile, and the line he took was just slightly different than DeChambeau’s line.
They did my man Westwood so dirty with this camera angle 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/AsVAtcxg9z
— Daniel Rapaport (@Daniel_Rapaport) March 7, 2021
Still, Westwood wound up hitting a pretty good one himself, and by pretty good we mean 306 yards (280m), which was a full 70 yards (64m) short of DeChambeau’s. Check out the staggering difference:
Bryson’s 💣 vs Westy’s Drive pic.twitter.com/d3mY8Yz4d3
— The First Cut Podcast (@FirstCutPod) March 7, 2021
Westwood, who is looking for his third career PGA Tour victory and his first in more than a decade, was able to have a little fun with it, mimicking DeChambeau’s celebration from Saturday:
— Pat Welter (@PatrickWelter) March 7, 2021
The 47-year-old Englishman had 257 yards (235m) left to DeChambeau’s 88 (80m), and they both wound up walking off with birdies. Two wildly different approaches, two identical scores. Also known as – golf.