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Only Bryson DeChambeau took (and pulled off) this wild angle with driver at the Memorial

June 05, 2021

Sam Greenwood

DUBLIN, Ohio – “You know what, screw it, I'm just going to go for it.”

Not exactly the most cerebral strategy, but Bryson DeChambeau stepped up to the tee at the par-5 fifth hole at Muirfield Village Golf Club Saturday afternoon and decided that he was going to blast a drive over the right corner and see where it ended up. He cleared the trees, landed in the rough just off the hill and ended up in the fairway.

Distance traveled: 357 yards.

The next longest drive in the field belonged to Stewart Cink, who like everyone else played short of the creek that split the left side of the fairway.

Distance traveled: 294 yards.

The PGA Tour posted the dispersion chart of tee shots at the fifth hole, and it showed just how much of an advantage DeChambeau gained with his drive. He was left with a “little chip wedge” from 143 yards for his approach, and he two-putted from 17 feet for birdie, one of four he converted in a third-round one-over 73.

“I like the way Jack has set up the golf course,” DeChambeau said, referring to the changes host Jack Nicklaus made last summer. “There's a few things there are kind of a little funny I would say, like 5, and I said ‘You know what, screw it, I'm just going to go for it. I'm going to go for it and try and aim it right at the water, and if I push it, it goes in the right fairway, if I pull it, goes in the left fairway.’”

When told that the drive measured 357 yards, according to ShotLink, the tour’s driving leader, the man who bulked up precisely to chase such distances, replied, simply, “Yeah, it was something like that. It was nice.”