In the words of Phil Mickelson it seemed like it was inevitable: Bryson DeChambeau was always going to hit some hellacious seeds.
DeChambeau has a chance of making history tonight as the first ever PGA Tour pro to win the Pro Long Driver's Association World Championship.
He's flown through the starting field of 80 and is now among of group of 16 competitors vying to become the longest driver on the planet.
He's not the favourite. Far from it. But if things go his way then he could do something special and cause and upset.
The moment we've all been waiting for. @b_dechambeau and @BKoepka hug it out. @RyderCupUSA— Golf Digest (@GolfDigest) September 26, 2021
(: @Daniel_Rapaport) pic.twitter.com/JT6IvK5HOu
If you haven't tuned in to the live stream on YouTube so far, the coverage can be a little bit confusing. But we'll try and make that clearer for you now.
In the field to start were 80 long drivers and they were divided into five groups of 16 for a series of knockout rounds. The top 12 finishers automatically advanced. The 13th place finisher was placed into a wildcard round, with the top four then advancing to the round of 64.
DeChambeau had little trouble navigating his way to this point. He's scored well so far. Oh yeah, scoring. That can be a bit confusing too. Four players are on the tee together, all hitting at the same time. Every player was given five hitting sessions. They had two minutes and 30 seconds to hit six balls. Then their cumulative scores would judge then be taken into account. Players are given 200 points for winning their group, 100 points for finishing second and 50 points for finishing third.
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.@b_dechambeau sending ‘s into the final 1️⃣6️⃣ at the Long Drive World Championship. #RADSPEED pic.twitter.com/fU7b4Dvc5d— COBRA Golf UK (@cobragolfuk) October 1, 2021
That's all in the past. We've now trimmed the field down to 16 players. DeChambeau is amongst some stellar company in Kyle Berkshire and Justin James. So, tonight we'll be splitting the 16 players into two groups of eight. The top four will advance. Once again the players will hit have five hitting sessions of 30 balls with their scores determining the final eight.
Once we reach the final eight players, the format shifts a little bit. They'll be split into two groups of four but each player will hit just six balls in total with the two longest balls counting towards the final score. The top two make the final. Done.
Now just two players remain. Each player hits one lot of six balls across two minutes and 30 seconds. Longest ball wins.
You can watch DeChambeau's final here at 11.45pm BST and 6.45pm ET.
Bryson DeChambeau just won his heat and he's through to the round of 16 at the World Long Drive. What a world.— Dylan Dethier (@dylan_dethier) October 1, 2021
(The numbers are low due to serious headwinds... Bryson hit that last one with 214 ball speed, which is nuts) pic.twitter.com/iGZEJyS178