Bryson DeChambeau shattered Tiger Woods' driving record in PGA Tour win
Bryson DeChambeau spent the months of quarantine bulking up, drinking a ton of protein shakes, and perfecting a powerful swing that is proving to be a cheat code on the PGA Tour.
On Sunday, all of that work (and protein shakes) paid off as he rallied to win the Rocket Mortgage classic by three strokes over third-round leader Matthew Wolff.
DeChambeau, who fired a 7-under 65 on Sunday, destroyed the course all week long with a driver that is proving to be one of the biggest weapons the game has seen in quite some time. He did it in record-breaking fashion, too, as he crushed Tiger Woods’ old mark for the largest average driving distance in a week that ended with a victory.
Check this out:
Longest average measured driving distance in a win, recorded PGA Tour history:— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGolf) July 5, 2020
2020 @b_dechambeau, Rocket Mortgage, 350.6 yards
2005 Tiger Woods, The Open, 341.5
2016 Dustin Johnson, WGC Invitational, 341.3
Traditional driving distance stats measure 2 per round where players are most likely to let it fly.— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGolf) July 5, 2020
The longest average driving distance for a winner on the @PGATOUR the last 40 years is 341.5 yards by Tiger at the 2005 Open Championship.
Bryson's average this week is 349.9.
That 350.6 average is just ridiculous. What’s even more ridiculous is that DeChambeau’s wedge game has been terrible so if he can lock that in and combine it with his driving, the rest of the PGA Tour will have a monster on its hands.
DeChambeau now has six PGA Tour wins in the past four years, which puts him in pretty good company:
Most PGA Tour wins last 4 seasons:— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGolf) July 5, 2020
Justin Thomas - 11
Dustin Johnson - 9
Bryson DeChambeau - 6
Brooks Koepka - 6
It’s going to be really interesting to see how his game is able to get even better and how much of a force he is going to continue to be moving forward, especially in the majors. I mean, he could destroy Augusta National at the Masters in November.
Right now it’s looking like he’s going to be pretty darn dominant for quite some time.