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Tin Cup Challenge: Bryson DeChambeau plays an entire round with just a 7-iron

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“But then there’s the 7 iron. I never miss with the 7 iron.”

In the cult-classic, 1998-movie Tin Cup, Roy “Tin Cup” McAvoy and his caddie have a collective meltdown during a U.S.-Open local qualifying round where they break each of the clubs in his bag over their knees… every club except his 7 iron. Of course, McAvoy proceeds to qualify for the U.S. Open “regionals” after playing the remaining holes successfully with the lone 7 iron.

Playing golf with just a 7 iron requires tremendous shotmaking and feel. When you think of shotmaking, surely one of the last players that comes to mind is golf’s resident scientist, Bryson DeChambeau, who uses irons and wedges that all measure the same length and lie angle. He’s notoriously calculated in his approach to the game of golf, and could be the antithesis to the movie character that is Tin Cup.

On Tuesday, following DeChambeau’s first ever PGA Tour victory at the John Deere Classic, Red Bull released a video of the one-length swinger playing 18 holes with just a 7 iron — the “Tin Cup Challenge.”

It’s clear from the video that DeChambeau struggled a bit more than Tin Cup did, but it’s still impressive that DeChambeau abandoned his style of play to participate in the challenge.

The real winner of the “Tin Cup” 7-iron challenge remains David Simms, who won a long-distance bet against McAvoy in the movie. A lesson learned, but also still a great shot under pressure from Simms to hit it down the narrow road of Cotton Wood Country Club.

While we probably won’t be seeing DeChambeau attempt to qualify for the U.S. Open with just a 7 iron anytime soon, he will be in the field at the 2017 Open Championship after qualifying through his recent win at the John Deere Classic.

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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6 Comments

  1. Robert Parsons

    Jul 19, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    What was his score?!?

  2. Earl (GO HORNDFROGSS!!!)

    Jul 19, 2017 at 11:38 am

    Winner winner chicken dinner!

  3. Rev G

    Jul 19, 2017 at 9:45 am

    Tin Cup is not a cult classic. It was a much anticipated movie by golf fans, that dudded, due to horrible acting by Kevin Costner and “golf scenes” that were totally unrealistic (you cant back up a three wood on a US Open green and Costner’s swing was horrible). The only reason it’s on TV all the time is because it’s so cheap for networks to re-run.

    • Molly

      Jul 19, 2017 at 11:42 am

      Tin Cup is not about golf. It is chock full of hogwash (network TV version) and inner demons!

  4. Christopher

    Jul 19, 2017 at 8:57 am

    John Daly would be the guy I think would rock the 7 iron challenge.

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WATCH: PGA Tour players play hole blindfolded and it’s hilarious/amazing

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As part of a Srixon campaign, four PGA Tour players recently participated in a three-hole challenge, with each hole being a different game; hole No. 1 was blindfolded, hole No. 2 was costumes and distractions, and hole No. 3 was alternate shot with a baseball bat. The teams were Smylie Kaufman and Sam Ryder against Shane Lowry and Grayson Murray.

Watch the full video below, since it is quite entertaining (albeit not the type of golf that Old Tom Morris surely had in mind), but in particular, make sure to check out the first hole where Lowry and Ryder play a full hole completely blind folded. It’s amazing to watch how badly Ryder struggles, and how Lowry nearly makes par.

Cleveland-Srixon’s marketing department has been hard at work crafting these viral-esque ad campaigns; if you remember, former long-drive champion Jamie Sadlowski recently dressed as 80-year-old Grandpa Jamie to fool range-goers. That video has since gathered over 1.2 million views on YouTube.

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Think you had a bad weekend on the course? At least you didn’t do this

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We hope this golfer didn’t take the ultra-premium golf equipment plunge before sending his clubs to a watery grave. Either way, this was an expensive (and strangely calm) reaction to a bad round.

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Tiger Woods battles terrifying deep-sea creature, wins

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With four tweets since July 21st, Tiger Woods is exposing himself on social media in a way we haven’t seen.

And with his latest tweet, he’s…exposing himself in a way we haven’t seen.

A shirtless-and-swimsuited Woods appears holding what he purports to be a lobster (but what looks more like a monster of the deep sea).

Nothing like it, indeed.

He’s lucky to have escaped with his life after battling that horrifying crustacean. Spiny lobsters, apparently, don’t have claws, but somehow that doesn’t make them any less terrifying, as they look poised to impale you and carry you off to their reefy lairs.

Not sure how big the beast in Woods grasp actually is, but it pales in comparison to this 14-pound creature from your nightmares.

14_pound_lobster_caught_near_Bermuda_0_48217534_ver1.0_640_480Anyway, Woods has been on something of a grand tour of late it seems, taking in a friendly version of El Clasico in Miami and posing with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

All of this is good to see. It was two months ago that Woods entered rehab following his now-infamous Memorial Day arrest for impaired driving.

What this portends for his future on the golf course is unclear, but you’d assume the 14-time major champion is feeling pretty good if he’s free diving after monsters of the deep.

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