Nick Faldo might breathe a sigh of reduction when Bryson DeChambeau’s drive sailed left on the primary gap within the 2020 Masters opening spherical.
The No. 1 gap at Augusta Nationwide Golf Membership is 445 yards to the pin, however the burgeoning legend of DeChambeau’s drives had Faldo feeling daring. The three-time Masters champion-turned-broadcaster advised reporters earlier within the week that if DeChambeau drove the inexperienced on the primary gap, he would “run round bare round Augusta Nationwide.”
DeChambeau performed the back-nine first, so his tee shot on No. 1 was his 10th gap of the day. He did pull driver out of his bag, however the right-handed swinging DeChambeau pulled the drive left into the tough. Faldo might preserve his garments on.
DeChambeau entered the Masters driving the ball a median of greater than 344 yards per drive because the “2021” season started in September. That is greater than 10 yards away from the following closest golfer, and it is the longest anybody has persistently pushed within the PGA Tour’s historical past.
It is bombed drives from DeChambeau that helped him win the 2020 U.S. Open by merely making the course smaller than anybody else might. Faldo was prepared to guess DeChambeau could not fairly make the primary gap at Augusta that small.
Faldo, 63, was slated to arrange within the tower close to the 18th inexperienced, which prompted fellow CBS commentator Jim Nantz to comment that they’d should arrange a particular digital camera close to that tower, simply in case. It turns right into a win on plenty of ranges for Faldo that DeChambeau did not attain the primary inexperienced, as a result of it is also a moist and soggy Thursday in Augusta, Georgia.
Driving the inexperienced was a speaking level as a result of Jack Nicklaus lately mentioned he thought DeChambeau might do it. Faldo tweeted that he requested DeChambeau about it Wednesday, and DeChambeau referenced a necessity for the course to be dry to permit the ball to run to succeed in the inexperienced. Due to the rain and DeChambeau’s poor goal, golf followers in all places have been denied the prospect to see whether or not Faldo would comply with by on his daring plan.