'Did it easily': Bryson DeChambeau's 'wild' feat stuns fans

Chris Young
·Sports Reporter
·4-min read
Bryson DeChambeau stunned golf fans with a whopping drive over the famous water hazard at the 16th hole at Bay Hill during the Arnold Palmer Invitational. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Bryson DeChambeau stunned golf fans with a whopping drive over the famous water hazard at the 16th hole at Bay Hill during the Arnold Palmer Invitational. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

On a day in which two hole-in-ones were hit at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, it was Bryson DeChambeau's drive that stole the show.

More than a year into the golfer's quest to answer the question of what would happen if The Incredible Hulk took up golf, DeChambeau uncorked a drive on Saturday that elicited gasps, screams and a Rocky-style celebration from the golfer himself. 

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DeChambeau's drive traveled 338 meters through the air, allowing him to nearly drive the green on a 507-meter par 5.

The ball ended up in the rough instead of the green, but the ball had enough carry to reach the green. 

DeChambeau followed up his drive with a pitch that landed just short of the green, then a 12-yard two-putt for a very loud birdie.

Here's a map of the hole to get a better sense of what DeChambeau just did:

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Thanks to the shape of the hole, it only takes 350 yards to carry the green on the sixth hole, but with a very low margin for error.

DeChambeau had spoken of his desire to attempt this kind of shot earlier this week, showing off some attempts during Wednesday's practice round but falling short due to the wind. 

He went a more conservative route in the first two rounds due to those same wind conditions, and got some playful boos from a crowd that wanted to see the kind of shot only possible from a man who has devoted his entire being to packing on muscle and adding distance to his drives.

The crowd got what it finally wanted on Saturday, and it was a moment that will outlast the tournament. 

It could even be the highlight of a win for DeChambeau, who sits in a tie for second at 10-under, one stroke back from Lee Westwood entering the final round.

Fans erupt over Bryson DeChambeau feat at Arnold Palmer Invitational

DeChambeau became the first player to successfully clear the water at the sixth hole since John Daly achieved the same feat in 1998.

Daly memorably recorded a 13-over the that hole alone, as he repeatedly attempted to clear the water hazard with a three wood.

It was a more straightforward affair for DeChambeau, whose successful shot across the drink left his ball an easy 60 metres from the hole.

Fans erupted on social media after the shot, which overshadowed two seperate hole in ones.

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DeChambeau (68) is just behind leader Lee Westwood at 10-under along with second-round leader Corey Conners (71) of Canada.

Keegan Bradley had the low round of the week with his 64 rocketing him into a share of fourth at 9-under with Spieth (68), who aced the 222-yard second hole.

Australia's Jason Day had five birdies and a bogey in his round of 68, which lifted him 10 places to a tie for 11th at 6-under.

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