Bryson DeChambeau will get textual content from Tiger Woods; then wins Arnold Palmer invitational

Going into the essential closing spherical of the well-known Arnold Palmer Worldwide vying for his first PGA Tour title of 2021, Bryson DeChambeau had a message of help from a sure 15-time main winner.
“I acquired a textual content from Tiger [Woods] this morning … We simply talked about ‘Simply preserve preventing, it doesn’t matter what occurs’ and play boldly like Mr. Palmer,” DeChambeau stated in a televised interview.
Woods is at the moment recovering from severe leg accidents suffered in a single-vehicle rollover accident close to Los Angeles, the place his SUV crossed a median, went throughout two lanes of street, then hit a tree and landed on the driving force’s facet within the brush.

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.

“It’s beyond my wildest dreams to win Mr. Palmer’s event,” stated DeChambeau, adorned within the champion’s pink cardigan sweater in honor of Palmer.

“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.”

DeChambeau celebrates making his putt on the 18th green to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

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.

The sight of him pumping his arms in celebration after driving the ball about 370 yards over an enormous expanse of water on the par-five sixth gap may very well be a seminal second for the game.

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.

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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.

DeChambeau plays his shot from the 11th tee during the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

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 even went one additional on Sunday as, in accordance to the PGA Tour, he drove the ball 377 yards, leaving solely 88 yards to the opening.
Westwood — who was searching for his first Tour title since 2010 — joked with the media afterwards that maybe DeChambeau will take an much more aggressive line on the opening subsequent yr, and go “straight at the green, not chicken out.”

“He can overpower a golf course, so it’s fun to watch, I think,” Westwood stated.

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“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.”