Let it rip, Bryson
The sixth par 5 at Bay Hill is the next stop in Bryson DeChambeau’s quest to break up the golf.
The Orlando course is the site of this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational, and DeChambeau has marked this date on his calendar for a while now. Why? Because the unique layout of No. 6 gives you the opportunity to hit the green from the tee, a daring move that, if successful, would put you in the path of an albatross.
The hole borders the edge of a large pond, measuring 555 yards from the tee to the green. Well that’s if you go around the water. The distance from the tee, over the water, to the green is a measly 350 yards. Only one player on the circuit is capable of carrying that kind of distance, and he’s considering giving it a go during this weekend’s tournament.
During his practice round Wednesday, DeChambeau placed at No. 6 as a group of spectators waited to see if he could really bombard him over the water.
“Everybody wants to see this,” he said with a smile.
But he was bumping into the teeth of a strong wind, so he threw both attempts into the water.
DeChambeau has been talking about trying this for a while.
“If I play this year I definitely will.” told Golf.com in January. “No. 6 at Bay Hill is one that I’ve been looking at. I think I can do some great things with it.”
But he was less sure about attempting the shot after his practice Wednesday. tweeting that it “could” do it “if the conditions are right.”
Conditions may be suitable for him during the tournament. The wind during their practice round blew from the west at 15-25 mph. However, on Friday and Saturday, the forecast calls for northeast winds, which would put the breeze on your back.
If he ends up trying to drive the green, he would be the first to do so since John Daly in 1998. Daly ended up hitting six balls in the water and hitting 18 into the hole.
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