U.S. Open

Pinehurst Resort & Country Club (Course No. 2)

The Loop

Spend the rest of your Friday afternoon listening to Bryson send this ball to Mars

Last week, Colonial was supposed to mitigate Bryson DeChambeau’s newfound driving prowess. It most certainly did not. DeChambeau was able to cut every corner and fly every tree in his way, setting up easy wedge shot after easy wedge shot. But this week’s PGA Tour venue, Harbour Town, would surely be a much different story. One does not simply cut corners at the Pete Dye layout.

And yet, once again, DeChambeau is leading the field in strokes-gained off-the-tee (3.155) through 36 holes at the RBC Heritage. But it’s not because he’s launching driver off every tee, he’s actually laying back to the right spots in order to attack the tiny Harbour Town greens. He’s hit 30 of 36 greens in regulation, and has gained nearly five strokes on his approach shots.

But when he does break out the big stick, he sends the ball into orbit. The 15th tee on Friday was one of those times, and the sound alone is worth listening to on repeat for the rest of your afternoon:

Get rekt, ball.

Surprisingly, that ball only went 310 yards, and it left him with 250 to the hole. He hit his second just short of the green, and got up and down for birdie with ease. He finished with a seven-under 64, matching Abraham Ancer for the second-lowest round of the day so far. The swing-for-the-fences experiment continues to produce A+ results for the Mad Scientist.