Update September 29th, 5:00 p.m. PT DeChambeau is through to the Round of 32 in this event as well. Live updates on how he got there are available here.
Update 1:37 p.m. PT Scottie Pearman with his last ball of the day hits it 381 yards, one yard past Josh Cassaday to win his final set. He’l finish first in Group C today, and Bryson DeChambeau is second.
64 golfers will return tomorrow and play down to 32 on the way to finding the Pro Long Drive Association World Champion for 2021.
Update 1:23 p.m. PT DeChambeau wins the final set of the day, this time going 408 for the win. He finished the day with 800 points and has a chance to win his group of 16, but can finish no worse than third as Jim Waldron and Scottie Pearman haven’t hit their final sets yet.
Update 1:10 p.m. PT And Bryson wins his fourth set of the day as well, and sets his personal record at the championships with 412 yards.
A big gust of wind kicked up behind the tee box for his final two balls, and he took advantage. He’s clearly got a chance to be competitive in this event.
Update 12:48 p.m. PT DeChambeau wins his third set, going 403 yards with his fourth ball to win the set. That means he’s qualified for tomorrow. Also what Bryson seems to be better at than many of his competitors is landing balls on the grid. He tends to hit the fairway at a higher frequency than most of the field.
DeChambeau will hit twice more today, but it’s just for experience and fun as he’s already in the field for the Round of 64 tomorrow.
Update 12:35 p.m. PT Bryson hit the ball 391 yards in his first set, and 393 in his second, which should be enough to get him qualified to move to the next round. He finished second in his foursome both times, and also hit one 405 yards with his last ball in Set 1. But it left his club face after the timer went off so it won’t count.
Bryson DeChambeau is the longest hitter on the PGA Tour. But he’ll be a significant underdog at the Professional Long Drive Association World Championship starting on Tuesday, September 28th in Mesquite, Nevada.
The Mesquite Regional Sports and Event Complex will play host to the championship, about an hour outside of Las Vegas. DeChambeau is scheduled as a part of Group 3, which starts at 3:00 p.m. ET.
If you want to watch DeChambeau and all the other competitors, you’ll need to watch on livestream here at the Youtube channel on the Professional Long Drivers Association, as there is no TV or broadcast coverage. We’ll follow Bryson’s progress and add any other times he’ll be competing if he advances past the opening rounds here as well.
There are a total of 80 golfers competing in five groups of 16, and DeChambeau will need to make the Top 12 to advance, with 13th place receiving a wild card spot. Each competitor get 150 seconds to hit six balls, and only the longest ball that lands on the “grid” (the generously-sized fairway) will count. So any and all misses don’t count against competitors.
A total of 64 golfers will advance to Wednesday’s action, and from there 32 will make it to Thursday. Just 16 will reach Friday, where they’ll play down to a winner beginning at 3:45 p.m. ET on October 1st.