DeChambeau to tee it up in long drive comp

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Bryson DeChambeau will become the highest-ranked player and first full-time PGA Tour pro to compete at the world long drive championship.

The world No.6 accepted an invitation to compete in next month's eventin Mesquite, Nevada and took to social media on Monday to explain why.

"I want to show the world how incredibly talented and hard working these athletes are," DeChambeau posted on his Instagram account

"I've been working hard to get my game up to their speeds so I have a chance but will still continue to play my best golf with my regular day job."

The long drive championship starts on September 27.

One of the longest drivers on the PGA Tour, DeChambeau is first in average driving distance at 321.5 yards.

DeChambeau hit his longest drive of the season during the second round of the Sentry Tournament, bombing a 414-yard drive on the 12th hole.

That was good for the fifth-longest drive of the season. Lee Westwood is at No. 1, hitting a 425-yard drive at the Byron Nelson.

While 400-yard drives are a rarity on the PGA Tour, they are the norm on the professional long drive circuit.

Kyle Berkshire has the No.1-ranked drive in the men's division, with a long competitive drive of 474 yards - hit in March 2017.

DeChambeau, 27, said he and Berkshire are close friends, and that he sought out his advice to increase his driving distance.

The California native will be busy in the lead-up to the long-drive event, which starts a day after the Ryder Cup, held from September 24 to September 26 at Whistling Straits.

DeChambeau is expected to compete for the United States against Team Europe.

Before then he is in the mix for the $US15 million ($A21m) bonus pay day for the winner of the FedExCup playoffs - the season-ending three-prong series on the PGA Tour.

DeChambeau is ninth in the standings after The Northern Trust, with the 70-man BMW Championship starting on Thursday in Maryland.

The elite 30-man Tour Championship in Atlanta tees off on September 2.

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