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The 555-yard par 5 that Bryson will try and DRIVE this week at Bay Hill



Bryson DeChambeau has been a trailblazer in the game of golf over the past 18 months, and this week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, we could well see the golf scientist attempt to drive a par 5.

The 6th hole at Bay Hill measures 555-yards; however, to carry the lake with the drive and hit the green, Bryson would need to fly the ball approximately 340-yards.

C/o: @BarstoolBanks

What’s more, Bryson has already committed to trying his luck on the hole this week if there is a little bit of downhill wind, telling last month:

“If I play this year I will definitely do it. No. 6 at Bay Hill is one of those I’ve been eyeing. I think I can do some pretty cool things on it.”

A few players have unsuccessfully attempted to pull off the shot in the past, most notably back in 1998 when John Daly famously made an 18 on the hole. You can check out Daly’s disaster below.

If Bryson does pull off the shot, it also brings the remarkable 4-under par on a hole ‘Condor’ into the conversation.

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  1. geohogan

    Mar 4, 2021 at 8:11 pm

    Bryson more than Rickie relies on sponsorship cash to keep his circus performance going.

    If he had to play golf for a living, he’d drop the PED and 48 inch drivers

    while he clowns, around; Colin will win more tournaments.

    • Daniel Whitehurst

      Mar 7, 2021 at 11:57 pm

      Bryson doesn’t at all rely on sponsorship cash to keep him going. He has 10+ wins and won the US Open bro. You get a 2 year exemption with a win and a 5 year exemption for a major. His victories are keeping him going. Rickey is the one that’s in trouble. He’s not even the face of Cobra anymore. Plus the PGA tests for PED’s . It’s a huge list. With Bryson’s recent speed increase he’s being tested like crazy. Your a fool to think he’s juicing.

      • geohogan

        Mar 23, 2021 at 1:51 pm

        Lance Armstrong went years (decades) without a positive doping test score.

        Fooling the testers is an art, just ask his coaches.

    • Prime21

      Mar 8, 2021 at 9:55 am


  2. Brad

    Mar 4, 2021 at 7:09 pm

    Day 1 summary:

    Drives it 350 on Hole 5 for a chip and putt birdie. Paddycakes Hole 6 and makes birdie. Finishes day in 3rd.

    Looking less and less likely if he is contending.

  3. jgpl001

    Mar 4, 2021 at 5:11 am

    It will be fun watching, but this Bryson “hammer it” stuff is actually starting to get boring already
    I like the guy and good luck to him, but its really quite ugly

  4. Chuck

    Mar 3, 2021 at 11:29 am

    This is a lose-lose-lose proposition.

    He could fail, splash, and make a big number. (Lose.)

    He could succeed, and then be copied by others in search of the kind of distance that renders historic championship golf courses obsolete. (Lose.)

    Either way, the story (and the mere existence of this post is a big part of the story) makes DeChambeau and his sponsors and the be-all of “distance” winners (in terms of attention), at the expense of golf course architecture. (Lose.)

    • Daniel Whitehurst

      Mar 7, 2021 at 11:52 pm

      There’s no such thing as making a course obsolete. Every tournament is always down to a 1-4 shot victory with exciting finishes. People use the word “obsolete “ when they are upset at scores in relation to par. Stop comparing clubs that were hit into holes in 1982 to now. Clever design as always will beat long hitters strategy.. Bryson won today at -11. I don’t see a problem.

  5. Lucky Charms

    Mar 3, 2021 at 6:51 am

    Good Luck!

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19th Hole

How much do caddies really earn? The answer might surprise you



For golf fans, being a looper for a professional golfer sounds like the most ideal job in the world; however, the going salary has always been a source of speculation.

Joel Dahmen’s caddie, Geno Bonnalie, began looping for his man back in 2015 when Dahmen earned his Korn Ferry Tour status ( at the time) and has been on the bag of the 33-year-old ever since.

Over the weekend, Bonnalie went in-depth on the common question of ‘How much does a caddie make?’, taking to Twitter to reveal all in a series of tweets on his story that begun with him pursuing his dream by leaving his $50k a year desk job.

Check out Bonnalie’s thread below on what it’s like to caddie for a pro on the Korn Ferry Tour, including how he believes he made a loss for that first year.


Fascinating insight from Geno who you can follow on Twitter here.

Would any WRXers be willing to give up their day job to chase the dream of caddying for a pro? Let us know in the comments!

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Bryson DeChambeau becomes first golfer to launch NFT trading cards



Bryson DeChambeau has been on his own personal mission to do things his way on the course in recent times, and it looks like the Californian is taking that attitude off the course by becoming the first golfer to release his own limited-edition NFT trading cards.

For those unaware, NFT stands for ‘Non-fungible token’. The NFT is a unit of data on a digital ledger called a blockchain, where each NFT can represent a unique digital item, and thus not interchangeable – and can represent digital files such as art, audio, cards, videos etc.

Trading card NFTs are currently one of the most popular items amongst sports fans, with the best-known NFT being NBA Top Shot, a platform of online trading cards licensed by the NBA. Top Shot has already grossed more than $400 million in sales, with a Lebron James card recently fetching $208k.

There will be five different versions of DeChambeau’s cards, and each will have its own auction and will be sold to the highest bidder via OpenSea, one of the largest NFT marketplaces.

‘The Distance card’ is a unique one-off card so likely holds the highest value, while the remaining four cards: ‘American Champion’, “Swing’, ‘Red’, and ‘White’, will each have 18 editions and will be auctioned individually.

The auction for the items begins Monday, March 22 and ends Tuesday, March 23rd at 10 p.m. ET. You can visit the auction here.

The winner of the 1/1 ‘Distance’ NFT will also meet DeChambeau at a tournament and receive an autographed U.S. Open flag, custom set of Cobra golf clubs, $1,000 Bose credit and six dozen Bridgestone golf balls.

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Jordan Spieth’s 3-year slump was caused by a previously undisclosed injury



Speculation was rife as to the reason why Jordan Spieth’s game fell off the map in recent years, and the mystery looks to now be solved with Spieth revealing that he had been suffering from a chipped bone in his left hand.

Speaking ahead of this week’s WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Spieth told media that the injury most likely occurred in the gym and that while he stressed the injury “was very much a reason” for the dramatic slump in form, he feels he “could have handled it differently”.

The Texan also revealed that it wasn’t an injury he had surgery on and one which caused a lot of pain while working on a grip change with coach Cameron McCormick.

“I didn’t, no (have surgery), I probably should have. It was nothing — it was something that was you can clean it out or you can, it’s not going to make anything worse, it’s just a matter of how bad it’s bugging you and it was for awhile there, kind of in the spring of 2018 through that fall, and then it got a little better probably because I started swinging so poorly.

But, yeah, I mean I don’t feel it now, which is nice. Needed to work on some grip strength stuff and stuff like that. I’m not, I mean I could pinpoint a couple different times, I think, but for the most part I just started noticing it when Cameron was trying to get my grip strengthened and I just kept fighting him on it because it would hurt and just didn’t — you know, just didn’t really know what to do and ended up just kind of playing through it and trying to figure stuff out in the off-season.

So it feels good now. I’m able to kind of start to get to do things closer to the way I want to in the swing, trying to progress each week and I have no restrictions right now.”

A rejuvenated Spieth has notched four top-20 finishes in his last five starts on tour and now sits 52nd in the Official World Golf Rankings, having been 82nd at the end of 2020.

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