“Leading up into (the Ryder Cup), I’ve put full force focus into this event, and I think part of hitting it far is some of why I am so successful and how I could utilize my length on this golf course to potential advantage,” DeChambeau said.
It has given him an advantage, indeed, and has sent a message that next week’s foray into long-drive competition is more than just a publicity stunt.
DeChambeau made waves earlier this week when he hit a 417-yard blast in Friday’s Four-balls match that left him with just 72 yards to the hole on the serpentine, par-5 fifth hole. For comparison, his partner, Scottie Scheffler, had 274 yards remaining and World No. 1 Jon Rahm was left with a 253-yard second shot after a 336-yard drive.
DeChambeau took advantage of the blast, wedging to 5 feet and making the eagle putt to tie the match. DeChambeau also nearly drove the 10th green and was greenside after his tee shot on the par-4 13th in that match. DeChambeau and Scheffler tied that match after Tyrrell Hatton birdied the last hole.
After Sunday’s opening tee shot, DeChambeau’s driver is in a class with Ian Poulter’s putter as two of the most impressive clubs in Ryder Cup history.