The last time we saw Bryson DeChambeau was last month in Las Vegas, when he told reporters that he planned to play some practice rounds at Augusta National in the lead-up to the Masters.
“We'll have some fun and see what I can do,” he said.
He had fun alright.
According to Carl Paulson, co-host of “Inside the Ropes” on SiriusXm PGA Tour Radio, DeChambeau teed it up last week with Sandy Lyle, the 1988 Masters champion, and the reports from Lyle were “jaw-dropping.”
Here’s a recap, per Paulson via Lyle, of what DeChambeau hit into some of the holes:
- No. 1 (Par 4, 445 yards): Sand wedge
- No. 2 (Par 5, 575 yards): 8-iron
- No. 3 (Par 4, 350 yards): Flew the green with 3-wood off the tee
- No. 8 (Par 5, 570 yards): 7-iron
- No. 9 (Par 4, 460 yards): Sand wedge
- No. 10 (Par 4, 495 yards): Pitching wedge
- No. 11 (Par 4, 505 yards): 9-iron
- No. 13 (Par 5, 510 yards): 7-iron (hit 3-wood off tee)
- No. 15 (Par 5, 530 yards): 9-iron
- No. 17 (Par 4, 440 yards): Sand wedge
Of course, we've seen this coming from DeChambeau, whose distance gains have taken the golf world by storm and helped him win the U.S. Open earlier this fall. He recently posted a photo to social media that showed some crazy launch-monitor numbers, including a 400-plus-yard carry with the driver.
It is unknown whether or not DeChambeau was using a 48-inch driver shaft, but either way, Lyle's account adds to the excitement heading into next week's tournament.