The inspiration from the eight-time Arnold Palmer Invitational winner clearly helped inspire DeChambeau. After bogeying the opening gap of the ultimate spherical, the 2020 US Open champion did not drop one other shot, ultimately ending 11-under for the event — one shot forward of Lee Westwood.
“I came here as an amateur, he (Palmer) gave me an invitation and I loved this golf course the minute I arrived. I loved the atmosphere and I love the fans. I loved what Mr. Palmer did with this place and what he’s done and his legacy he’s left here.”
Altering the game
Whereas DeChambeau’s win was memorable, it in all probability will not be what individuals bear in mind from this event in coming years.
Since getting back from golf’s break final yr 40 kilos heavier and with a quicker swing, DeChambeau has pushed the boundaries of the game.
His capacity to drive the ball additional — he led the PGA Tour final season by a substantial distance — helped him declare the primary main of his profession final yr and has tamed a few of golf’s hardest challenges.
And he as soon as once more confirmed how his added power has proved a cheat code, delighting followers together with his ridiculous present of energy on the sixth gap over the event.
Whereas gamers normally must go across the lake at Bay Hill, Florida, DeChambeau attacked the impediment head on, driving the ball 370 yards on Saturday.
“He can overpower a golf course, so it’s fun to watch, I think,” Westwood stated.
“I thought we had a good battle. I don’t think anybody was going to shoot 68 or 67,” Westwood stated. “It was a day for playing sensible and hanging on and grinding out the pars.”