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Bryson cruises into next stage of Long Drive Championship; How you can watch his progress today

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Fresh off his heroics at the Ryder Cup, Bryson DeChambeau channeled the energy he showed off at Whistling Straits to cruise into the next stage of the 2021 Professional Long Driver’s Association World Championship.

During first-round action, participants were split into five 16 man groups, with DeChambeau in group three. A player earned 200 points for winning a set, 100 points for finishing second and 50 points for finishing third.

Players were given two and a half minutes to hit six balls as far as they could in the grid area, and on his fourth drive of his fourth set Bryson unleashed a monstrous drive of 412-yards.

Bryson hit the third-longest drive of those in Group 3 on Tuesday, with Josh Cassaday hitting the longest drive of the group with a 417-yard bomb.

Needing approximately 275-300 points to advance, Bryson cruised through with a total of 800 points, just 100 points behind the winner of the group Scottie Pearman.

The tournament is now down to the last 64, and on Wednesday, the top eight from each group will advance to the Final 32, and then the top 8 from each group progresses on Thursday. The final then takes place on Friday. 

The event is not on cable television, but it can be watched through the PLDA’s YouTube Channel via live stream. The stream begins at 3:00 p.m. ET. , with Bryson’s group off at 3.45 p.m. You can also keep track of the leaderboard and scores here.

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Gianni is the Managing Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected].

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Report: Greg Norman spotted following a surprise grouping on Thursday at the Masters

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Greg Norman is at this week’s Masters tournament but found himself in a situation where he had to buy himself a ticket to enter the grounds.

Speaking to the Washington Post, Norman explained why he was at Augusta National:

“I’m here because we have 13 players that won 10 Masters between them. So I’m here just to support them, do the best I can to show them, ‘Hey, you know, the boss is here rooting for you.’ ”

So who was Norman following during the opening round of this year’s Masters? Well the answer may surprise you.

Per Sports Illustrated’s Bob Harig, Norman was spotted following the LIV-less grouping of Rory McIlroy, Scottie Scheffler and Xander Schauffele.

We’ll find out a little later today whether Norman will make his third appearance in as many days at this year’s opening major.

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Collin Morikawa makes surprising late putter switch at Masters

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Collin Morikawa has had plenty of success with a blade in his hands over the course of his young career, but after a lean spell on the greens lately, it appears that the 27-year-old is ready to try something new.

The California-native began the year with his TaylorMade TP Soto before switching to a Logan Olson proto last month. Now at this week’s Masters, Morikawa has been spotted with a Spider Tour X, the same flatstick that Scottie Scheffler will be using at Augusta.

The move would represent a big change, but it has been a very frustrating year on the greens for Morikawa, who will hope the TaylorMade mallet can offer him a similar upturn in fortune to that of Scheffler. In 2024, Morikawa ranks 164th for Strokes Gained: Putting, and 157th for Total Putting.

We’ll keep an eye whether Morikawa puts the mallet into action on day one of the Masters.

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Dave Portnoy places monstrous outright bet for the 2024 Masters

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Fresh off of winning $2.76 million on UConn’s victory over Purdue on Monday night, Barstool Sports’ founder Dave Portnoy has just placed a massive bet for this year’s Masters.

Tweeting on Wednesday morning, Portnoy revealed that he has placed $300,000 on Scottie Scheffler to win this year’s Masters at odds of +450.

Should he win, that’d be a total payout of $1.65 million.

Scheffler is one of the shortest priced favorites of recent times at the Masters, and is looking for what would be his third win in his last four events.

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