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WATCH: Bryson DeChambeau Has Two Drives Over 400 Yards at The Memorial Tournament

Bryson DeChambeau, who won two weeks ago, is doing that thing he does where he overpowers a golf course off the tee.

During the first round of the Memorial Tournament, DeChambeau logged two drives over 400 yards.

The first came on the 473-yard par-4 17th hole where his drive went a whopping 407 yards. He followed it up with a two-putt par.

Two holes later, on the 473-yard par-4 first hole, DeChambeau went full Hulk Smash and drove it 423 yards.

FOUR HUNDRED AND TWENTY-THREE YARDS!

Houston, we have a problem!

It may be time to roll back the golf ball. Maybe Bryson should be required to go completely dimpleless.

DeChambeau was even and tied for 18th, four back of leader Mark Hubbard, at the time this was written.

Written by Michael Shamburger

Michael Shamburger is the Video Editor @ Outkick. He has 11+ years covering golf and college football and is a big LSU fan who prefers to hit driver-wedge as often as possible. DBAP

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  1. Hey Michael,
    Amazing what he’s been doing lately. Only caveat is that when he leaves himself a 60 or 70 yard second shot, does he have the short wedge game to make birdies possible? Thanks!
    Rick

    • That’s his biggest issue right now. He ranks 97th in strokes gained around the green at 0.52, but he’s 3rd in scrambling so he still able to make a lot of pars.

      That’s also been the biggest question regarding the single length irons. How will they work out around the green when he’s taking the same stroke on every swing instead of adjusting like most other pros do for up slope, down slope, lie, etc…

      It’s worked out for him so far, but if he can manage to up the SG around the green he will be tough to beat.

      • Can’t argue with his success…and he should be money on the par 5s. I guess he’ll figure it out like he seems to be doing. Single length irons I always thought a bit out therel, but as a lifelong hacker I’m gonna just watch lol. Thanks!

  2. If he does the Happy Gilmore run up, I’ll be really impressed.

    The real test will be if this Hulk Smash! tactic can work in the majors. I doubt it. Maybe the PGA, where the course set up is not as punitive. Open Championship? Ha — No. U.S. Open? He goes long and wrong on a few holes, he’s staring at doubles and triples across his scorecard. Bombers can thrive at the Masters, but Augusta — as Nicklaus always said — is a second shot course. Ball placement on the greens is crucial. And his putting stroke is still an issue: too robotic under pressure.

    I give the guy credit for thinking outside the box and calculating that a linebacker generating absurd ball velocity could dominate most tour events. He was already a top 30 golfer in the world, so his protein shakes have arguably put him into the top 10. But at the end of the day, it’s all about the majors. Jury is still out on the biggest stages.

    • That’s exactly how I feel. Just because you can bomb it off the tee doesn’t mean you’re going to dominate. You’ve got to have a great second shot in at Augusta, US Open, and Open. PGA is on it’s own, but the rest you have to be accurate off the tee.

      Bryson is 110th in driving accuracy, but 1st in SG off the tee. We’ll know soon enough if this type of play will work out for him in majors. It’s going to be a crazy fall.

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