Bryson deChambeau's power game suffers a blackout at The Players Championship

Last week, Bryson deChambeau was hammering never-seen-before drives of more than 340 metres soaring over water on his way to winning a tournament.
On Monday (NZ time), he topped one that scudded less than 90 metres before landing in the water.


DeChambeaus drive that made all weekend hackers suddenly feel better about their game came on the fourth hole in his final round at The Players Championship in Florida in one of the PGA Tours richest tournaments of the year.

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Bryson DeChambeaus power game went on the fritz at The Players Championship.

Using a fairway wood, the American who has attempted to transform golf recently with his power game based on speed and muscle topped his tee shot, barely getting it more than five feet into the air before it got wet. He ended up carding a double-bogey on the hole, severely hindering his chances of winning back-to-back tournaments after triumphing in the Arnold Palmer Invitational the previous week.


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At that event, deChambeau twice ripped huge drives over a vast expanse of water at Bay Hills par-five sixth hole to the delight of the crowd.


DeChambeau made an eagle at the par-five 16th hole on Monday to draw within two shots of leader Justin Thomas, but his fellow American made pars at the famous island-green 17th and 18 to win the tournament at 14-under.

DeChambeau also had the misfortune to see his birdie putt on the final hole horsehoe the cup and stay out, and then watched Englands Lee Westwood sink his birdie putt to grab solo second, with deChambeau sharing third place with the left-handed Brian Harman.

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