Kohler (United States) (AFP)
Bryson DeChambeau’s incredible 417-meter monster shortcut to setting up a pivot eagle on Friday quickly became the topic of Ryder Cup opening day talking.
The 28-year-old American, best known for his electrifying long drives and his desire to take direct lines no matter what the consequences, delivered an epic tee shot on the par-5 dogleg fifth hole at Whistling Straits, playing at 581 yards.
DeChambeau’s rocket launch helped him with partner Scottie Scheffler tied Jon Rahm and Tyrrell Hatton for Europe in their four-ball match.
“I knew if it was a little downwind I could take a single line and luckily I was able to have that wind today,” said DeChambeau.
“It was over 20 km / h and I was like, ‘Alright, I have to aim for the green’, so I did it. I just aimed for the green and bombed. “
In perfect position, DeChambeau dropped his approach four feet from the cup and rolled in his eagle putt to win the hole and tie the game. The Europeans never led again.
“I’m glad I got something for the team,” DeChambeau said of the draw in a game neither of them led by more than 1 against. “Frustration, but we fought hard. It was a tough fight until the end.
“We definitely had the advantage. We had a lot more opportunities to do things and we just didn’t take advantage of them. “
Ryder Cup rookie Scheffler marveled at his chance to see his partner’s formidable shot up close.
“He was probably the most excited he had ever been on a golf course was number five,” Scheffler said.
“This wind, we had it on one of our training days and we understood what he had to do, so having the opportunity to do it in competition was incredible. I was also excited for him. “
Scheffler was amazed that DeChambeau could commit a full blast on such a shot given where he was aiming.
“I think he pushed it a bit, but he broke it, so luckily he pushed it just a bit,” Scheffler said.
The shooting inspired the American pair in their fight to the end with the world number one.
” It was great. It was a good spark for us and a good boost for the rest of the day, ”said Scheffler.
– ‘I would walk home’ –
DeChambeau attributed his form on Friday to better health.
“My body is finally starting to feel comfortable and heal from all the speed training,” he said.
“I felt good going out today, almost too good where it was a little loose. I became a little more in my comfort zone after doing eagle.
“I didn’t want to do the par because if I did, I would walk home. “
DeChambeau helped the Americans take the 6-2 advantage, their biggest Day 1 lead since 1975.
“Proud of the team. Super proud, ”said DeChambeau. “They fought hard with every blow over there from what I saw.
“It’s a good start, but the job is not done. We still have two days. Much more golf. And we can’t lose our mindset to win. “
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