DeChambeau thrills at long-drive champs

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Bryson DeChambeau has had enough left in the tank to advance out of the opening phase of the Professional Long Drivers Association world championship in Nevada.

Known for his mammoth blasts off the tee on the PGA Tour, DeChambeau finished tied for second place in his 16-person group after the first round of the event with five drives over 400 yards, including one at 412 yards.

He now advances to the second round.

Scottie Pearman was the leader of DeChambeau's group and had a drive of 413 yards.

Josh Cassady hit the longest single drive of the day at 417 yards.

DeChambeau had a high-profile weekend, helping the United States to a Ryder Cup victory over Europe at Whistling Straits.

He was also in Detroit this week to help promote an extended partnership for the Rocket Mortgage Classic.

DeChambeau was close to winning his long drive group on Tuesday before Pearman rallied in the final round.

The 80 competitors, split into five groups, are allowed six drives per round for five rounds.

Points are given for the longest drive in each round, with decreasing value given for second, third and fourth longest.

DeChambeau's five best drives included three over 400 yards.

The Round of 64 will take place on Wednesday, while the event will close with a 16-person final round on Friday.

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