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Bryson DeChambeau clears water on 420-yard 17th hole at TPC River Highlands

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Bryson DeChambeau’s weight gain and subsequent distance gains have been the talk of the golf world since the PGA Tour’s return, and on Tuesday at this week’s Travelers Championship, the 26-year-old took it to new levels, clearing the water on a 420-yard hole.

The 17th hole at this week’s event features one of the trickiest fairways to find, with a large lake protecting the green that will also swallow up any shots off the tee that drift right.

To clear the water from the tee shot, players would need a 370-yard cover approximately – a feat which DeChambeau managed to pull off on Tuesday.

Speaking to the media at TPC River Highlands following his practice session, DeChambeau explained how he pulled off the mammoth tee shot.

“17, I tried to go for the green out here. I got it over when I achieved 198-mile-an-hour ball speed… I just thought I’d give it a go and give it a rip, and I was able to get it over after like three or four tries.”

However, don’t expect to see DeChambeau take the ultra-aggressive route to the green in tournament play, who believes he’d need to achieve a 200-205 mph ball speed every time to make the shot worth it.

“It’s not worth it, obviously. I’d have to achieve 200- to 205-mile-an-hour ball speed every time to be able to hit it over with that wind.

But it’s fun attempting to do things that I’ve never done before, and having iron shots into holes that just didn’t even make sense to me a year ago, there’s no way I could do that. So it’s a different golf course for me this year.”

DeChambeau tees off in his first round this Thursday at 7.35 AM ET alongside fellow big hitters Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson.

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. Joe Hartford

    Jun 24, 2020 at 12:06 pm

    One for four 4? BFD. Make this oddity putt without anchoring the putter shaft on his forearm.

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Fans react to spectator running onto fairway and hitting shots at U.S. Open

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Sunday at Torrey Pines was a wild rollercoaster ride, and amongst the chaos came a bizarre moment when a fan decided that he would like to play some shots too.

Appearing to be carrying his own clubs, the shirtless fan with a rainbow cape slipped under the ropes and made a dart for the fairway. Then with his golf club in hand, he dropped a ball from his pocket and played multiple shots before security took care of him.

Rich Beem caught the incident on camera, and his reaction of “Look at this idiot out here” perfectly sums up the madness of what was happening.

 

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However, some GolfWRXers reacted differently, with a couple even impressed by the caped crusader’s swing.

“He’s got a nice swing”, wrote one user, while another responded, “Great tempo, I must say”, with one even requesting a WITB: “Can we get a WITB for this guy??”

One of the strangest moments on a Sunday at the U.S. Open since the infamous Birdman of Alcatraz back in 2012.

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How much each player won at the 2021 U.S. Open

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A drama-filled finish at Torrey Pines saw Jon Rahm capture his maiden major championship in epic fashion, earning the Spaniard a cool $2.25 million in the process.

A disappointing finish for Louis Oosthuizen saw the South African slip to second late on Sunday, but his solo-runner-up finish earns the 38-year-old $1,350,000. At the same time, a series of late collapses saw Harris English finish third on his own, which is good for a check worth $829,084.

With a total prize purse of $12.5 million up for grabs, here’s a look at how much each player won at the 2021 U.S. Open.

1: Jon Rahm, -6, $2,250,000

2: Louis Oosthuizen, -5, $1,350,000

3: Harris English, -3, $829,084

T-4: Guido Migliozzi, $498,176

T-4: Brooks Koepka, $498,176

T-4: Collin Morikawa, $498,176

T-7: Branden Grace, $306,893

T-7: Daniel Berger, $306,893

T-7: Paul Casey, $306,893

T-7: Xander Schauffele, $306,893

T-7: Scottie Scheffler, $306,893

T-7: Rory McIlroy, $306,893

T-13: Francesco Molinari, $217,796

T-13: Russell Henley, $217,796

T-15: Patrick Cantlay, $177,279

T-15: Kevin Streelman, $177,279

T-15: Matthew Wolff, $177,279

T-15: Mackenzie Hughes, $177,279

T-19: Patrick Reed, $125,363

T-19: Sergio Garcia, $125,363

T-19: Charl Schwartzel, $125,363

T-19: Brian Harman, $125,363

T-19: Jordan Spieth, $125,363

T-19: Justin Thomas, $125,363

T-19: Dustin Johnson, $125,363

T-26: Hideki Matsuyama, $87,941

T-26: Rikuya Hoshino, $87,941

T-26: Chris Baker, $87,941

T-26: Martin Kaymer, $87,941

T-26: Bryson DeChambeau, $87,941

T-31: Patrick Rodgers, $71,030

T-31: Dylan Wu, $71,030

T-31: Joaquin Niemann, $71,03

T-31: Christiaan Bezuidenhout, $71,030

T-35: Edoardo Molinari, $57,696

T-35: Robert MacIntyre, $57,696

T-35: Adam Scott, $57,696

T-35: Lanto Griffin, $57,696

T-35: Sungjae Im, $57,696

T-40: Wade Ormsby, $43,883

T-40: Adam Hadwin, $43,883

T-40: Chez Reavie, $43,883

T-40: J.T. Poston, $43,883

T-40: Si Woo Kim, $43,883

T-40: Ian Poulter, $43,883

T-46: Rick Lamb, $32,351

T-46: Tom Hoge, $32,351

T-46: Dylan Frittelli, $32,351

T-46: Lee Westwood, $32,351

T-50: Tommy Fleetwood, $27,327

T-50: Rafa Cabrera Bello, $27,327

T-50: Gary Woodland, $27,327

T-50: Bubba Watson, $27,327

T-50: Richard Bland, $27,327

T-55: Kevin Kisner, $26,056

T-55: Matt Fitzpatrick, $26,056

T-57: Taylor Montgomery, $25,183

T-57: Stewart Cink, $25,183

T-57: Akshay Bhatia, $25,183

T-57: Charley Hoffman, $25,183

T-57: Jhonattan Vegas, $25,183

T-62: Phil Mickelson, $24,310

T-62: Greyson Sigg, $24,310

64: Marc Leishman, $23,936

T-65: Matt Jones, $23,437

T-65: Troy Merritt, $23,437

T-65: Shane Lowry, $23,437

T-68: Wilco Nienaber, $22,814

T-68: Kyle Westmoreland, $22,814

T-70: Fabian Gomez, $22,309

T-70: Jimmy Walker, $22,309

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Bryson photobombs Brooks’ U.S. Open interview…and social media loves it

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The ongoing saga between Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Kopeka took a backseat on Thursday as the opening round of the 2021 U.S. Open got underway.

However, despite the two being kept away from each other in terms of tee times, there was still time for a little light drama courtesy of Bryson.

As Brooks was getting set to do his post-round interview, the 27-year-old decided to have some fun and jumped into shot – which social media users enjoyed immensely.

“Bryson is awesome”, wrote one user on Twitter; another said, “Childish and perfect”, while many golf fans also believe that the playful incident is a sign that the two are ready to smooth things out.

As for how the two performed, Brooks enjoyed a much better day on the course firing a confident round of two-under par while Bryson kept himself in touch at 2-over.

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