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Bryson has simple response to critics of his upcoming long drive appearance

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Bryson DeChambeau is getting set for his second Ryder Cup appearance next week and will then tee it up at the Professional Long Driver’s Association World Championship in Nevada a day after the event.

The timing of Bryson’s involvement in the Long Drive contest has courted interest, with those wondering if the 27-year-old could take his eye off the ball at next week’s Ryder Cup.

In a video posted to our Instagram account showing Bryson hitting a monstrous drive that carried 357 yards, some of those critics called into question his Ryder Cup prep, and DeChambeau made sure to let them know that he is fully prepared for Whistling Straits.

 

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Responding to a comment that took the assumption that he wasn’t working on his game for next week, Bryson quickly shut them down, saying: “and you don’t think I am? Hmmm way to assume”. Before responding to another user who said they don’t care about swing stats, just that he wins points next week, by saying: “and that’s my goal too”.

 

Some users were also perplexed by the low ‘Smash Factor’ in Bryson’s 357-yard drive. Thankfully the Californian was on-hand to explain why the Smash Factor was just 1.43, saying “The CT is low on purpose so I can hit a lot without it (clubface) deforming.”

CT stands for ‘Characteristic Time’, which is what the game’s governing bodies have used to measure drivers and their ‘spring like’ effect off the face since 2004.

Ahead of the Long Drive event, Bryson has been documenting his progress on his YouTube channel, with the latest episode giving a great insight into his quest for 215mph ball speed, cracking clubheads and managing adrenaline in competition. Check out the video here.

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  1. Single axis guy

    Sep 15, 2021 at 2:10 pm

    Bryson is a breath of fresh air for this game. Haters gonna hate

  2. Funkaholic

    Sep 15, 2021 at 12:59 pm

    Either way, Bryson is a douche

  3. Milton Taylor

    Sep 15, 2021 at 12:36 pm

    Ha! Funny people always say they don’t care about someone else’s swing speed when they don’t have any of their own. I use to say I didn’t like BD, but then I realized I was just being a hater. The dude plays his game and he does his own thing..Why would any of us have a beef with him over that. And the hate he gets is simply put, just mean. Do your thing BD. Do your thing.

  4. Rolland

    Sep 15, 2021 at 9:16 am

    What’s wrong with these guys. Ben Hogan even used to take part in some long drive events of his day for the experience. All golfers do all day in practice is experiment, test & perfect.

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Is this stat proof that Inbee Park is the best putter in all of golf?

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The PGA Tour has embarked on a data driven revolution over the past decade, and with the unveiling of KPMG Performance Insights, the LPGA is following suit.

Beginning at the 2021 LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship in June, the KPMG team has gathered data from over 240,000 individual LPGA Tour Shots.

While there were a number of a fascinating conclusions that Justin Ray this week highlighted for LPGA.com, Inbee Park’s putting stood out the most.

Any LPGA Tour fan is familiar with the fact that the seven-time major champion is one of the best putters in the world, but the advanced analytics shed even more light on just how brilliant she has been.

Since the start of KPMG Performance Insight tracking, LPGA Tour pros have a conversion rate of 28% on putts from 10 to 15 feet. For context, PGA Tour golfers hover around 30%, with the leaders in that statistic making 10-15 foot putts 40 to 41% of the time.

Inbee Park is making those putts 64%, I repeat, 64% of the time. Park currently makes 10 to 15 footers more often than PGA Tour golfers do from 5-10 feet. 

Whether Park can sustain this pace remains to be seen, but it has been awfully fun to watch.

Check out more stats here. 

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Brooks admits he was trounced by Phil’s ‘gamesmanship’ at 2021 PGA Championship

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In an exclusive interview with Golf Digest, Brooks Koepka did not hold back on a number of wide-ranging topics, including his final round battle with Phil Mickelson at the 2021 PGA Championship.

When asked if gamesmanship was a “dying art,” Koepka responded, “A great example of gamesmanship is what Phil did to me at the PGA. I got trounced on that one. I thought it was pretty good what he was doing.”

When pressed to give an example, the four-time major winner elaborated, “His body language. I don’t want to give it away, but I didn’t handle it well. You’ll have to ask him about it. I think he knew what he was doing. It wasn’t the reason I lost. I lost because I didn’t play well enough. It was tough for me to get into a rhythm, and the timing of how things were going.”

Brooks Koepka shot a final round two-over par 74 to finish two strokes back of eventual champion Phil Mickelson.

Both Koepka and Mickelson will be in attendance next week at the 2021 Ryder Cup. Despite a recent wrist injury that forced him to withdraw from the Tour Championship, Koepka still plans to compete for the U.S. side as of this time. Mickelson was brought on by U.S. Captain Steve Stricker as a vice-captain.

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Fortinet Championship DraftKings Picks

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After the shortest offseason in sports, the PGA Tour kicks off its new 2021-2022 season with the Fortinet Championship in Napa, California. If this tournament sounds unfamiliar, fear not, it will still be held at Silverado Country Club, which has been the host course for the past seven years. It merely received a new title sponsor, as this was primarily the Safeway Open.

While many of the world’s best players will be opting to rest up after a grueling super-season, three of last year’s major champions, Hideki Matsuyama, Jon Rahm, and Phil Mickelson will be in attendance.

As far as the task at hand, Silverado Country Club is a par 72 measuring just 7,123 yards on the scorecard with poa-bent greens and poa-Bermuda fairways. Players will certainly be able to take advantage of the Robert Trent Jones design, as all four par 5s are reachable, zero par 4s measure over 458 yards, water only comes into play twice, and there is not a huge penalty for missing the fairway. For those reasons, I will primarily be looking to attack elite wedge players who thrive in low scoring events.

Let’s dig into the DraftKings slate.

$10,000 range

Kevin Na, $10,000 (15.66%)

At 15.66% Kevin Na, is actually projected to be the lowest owned of the golfers over $10,000. That is not entirely surprising, as this field certainly lacks elite talent and fantasy managers are simply going to gravitate to the players that they feel they can trust.

If fantasy managers can fathom a universe where Jon Rahm doesn’t win this tournament, then they will understand the issue with a $12,100 Rahm at 30% ownership. I am honestly okay with all of the non-Rahm options in this range, but Na would be my preferred choice given his course fit, recent form, and projected ownership.

$9,000 range

Sebastian Munoz, $9,200 (12.75%)

I’m not entirely in love with the $9,000 range either. I think there are a ton of fantastic options in the sevens and eights, but Munoz makes the most sense to me at this ownership. The former Sanderson Farms Championship winner is plenty long off the tee, elite from 100-125 yards, and loves himself a birdie fest.

He is coming off of three top-30 finishes in a row, and the two most recent ones came against stout fields in the FedEx Cup playoffs. Munoz should definitely be able to take advantage of Silverado off the tee and seems an obvious pivot from the Harold Varner chalk.

$8,000 range

Talor Gooch, $8,000 (5.22%)

Gooch is a friend of the column at this point, and while he did not make the cut for my outright selections, he is an absolute must play in DraftKings at this ownership. Apparently, 25% of fantasy managers are choosing to play Mito Pereira instead. Is Mito Pereira five times more likely to outperform Talor Gooch, who made 20 of 26 cuts last season, finished fifth at the Players, 12th at Riviera, and made the cut in every major he played in? This is a fantastic opportunity to fade everyone’s shiny new toy and take an objectively better golfer at one fifth of the ownership.

$7,000 range

Charles Howell III, $7,700 (4.49%)

Similar to Gooch, Charles Howell III also just missed the cut for my outright selections. I didn’t agree with the fact that he was sub-100/1, and an argument could made that he is over-priced in the DraftKings slate as well. I think that’s telling us something. He’s priced up for a reason, and I do believe it might have something to do with the fact that he gained 4.3 strokes ball-striking in his most recent start, good for his best ball-striking week since the Players.

Very sneakily, Charles Howell is plenty long, can dominate with his driver, and is an elite wedge player. Over his last 36 rounds, the three-time PGA Tour winner ranks 32nd in driving distance, third in strokes gained off the tee, and seventh in proximity from 100-125 yards. Sign me up.

$6,000 range

Vaughn Taylor, $6,100 (0.46%)

At near minimum pricing, Vaughn Taylor is grossly mis-priced. There is no logical reason why a proven PGA Tour veteran in solid form is priced next to the likes of Turk Pettit and Max McGreevy. Despite the mis-pricing, the three-time PGA Tour winner is still coming in at sub-one percent ownership, which is hard for me to understand. Taylor has gained over three strokes on approach in four of his last five starts, and he is certainly capable of getting red-hot with the flat-stick as well.

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