Bryson DeChambeau is known for hitting the ball far from the tee with his driver, and he may have grabbed the club a little too tight on Thursday.
On the seventh hole, DeChambeau broke his rider in two. The tee was one of the most unusual highlights of the day at the PGA championship.
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“The ball did not react correctly. I hit it right, felt like I pulled it, and the ball went right and spun like crazy. I think that’s not normal, ”he told reporters after the round, GOLF Channel said. “I just went over there to pick up my shirt, leaned on it a little, and the thing until later.”
DeChambeau had been using the same shaft for over a year. He was able to replace the shaft because, according to the GOLF Channel, it broke “during normal game play”.
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“It’s pretty impressive when you can turn it off and in a big championship you can put a new one back in and hit one on 9,” he said.
He still managed to drive the ball 340 yards.
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He finished the first round with 2 under par and finished 20th.