It turned out that it was partly because DeChambeau essentially broke the PGA Tour ShotLink measurements with its length off the tee.
DeChambeau averaged 329.8 yards per tee this week at the Detroit Golf Club, and averaged 350.6 on the two holes used by the Tour to officially measure driving distance. The latter total is the longest total achieved by a tournament winner since ShotLink began tracking in 2003, crossing the mark of Tiger Woods by 341.5 yards at the 2005 Open in St. Andrews. On several occasions, he attempted to drive the green on a par-4, including Sunday when he chose to let his play partner Troy Merritt strike first on 399 yards 13.e hole while waiting for the green to clear.
“I couldn’t believe I had to do this today on the 13th. I really could have done it, I just pulled it off unfortunately,” said DeChambeau. “I don’t do this very often. Hopefully I can do this even longer. It would be really fun. ”
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But the Tour confirmed that ShotLink’s data considers any shot within 30 yards of the green to be an approach shot, which means that several of DeChambeau’s workouts this week that reached a few club lengths of the green actually counted, statistically, as an approach – thus distorting its proximity statistics.
But the details of the statistics were not at the center of DeChambeau’s concerns since he held the trophy after his first victory since 2018. Worn by a hot putter who led the pack and completed his distance advantage, he ended his week as he had started: by apologizing to the famous course architect Donald Ross for his aggressive (and successful) approach.
“I’m sorry, Mr. Ross. I didn’t want to hit these bunkers all the time, ”said DeChambeau. “But it happened. “