Bryson DeChambeau nearly drives green on 555-yard par 5

Jack Baer
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On a day in which two hole-in-ones were hit at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, it was Bryson DeChambeau's drive that stole the show.

More than a year into the golfer's quest to answer the question of what would happen if The Incredible Hulk took up golf, DeChambeau uncorked a drive on Saturday that elicited gasps, screams and a Rocky-style celebration from the golfer himself. DeChambeau's drive traveled 370 yards through the air, allowing him to nearly drive the green on a 555-yard par 5.

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The ball ended up in the rough instead of the green, but the ball had enough carry to reach the green. DeChambeau followed up his drive with a pitch that landed just short of the green, then a 12-yard two-putt for a very loud birdie.

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Thanks to the shape of the hole, it only takes 350 yards to carry the green on the sixth hole, but with a very low margin for error.

DeChambeau had spoken of his desire to attempt this kind of shot earlier this week, showing off some attempts during Wednesday's practice round but falling short due to the wind. He went a more conservative route in the first two rounds due to those same wind conditions, and got some playful boos from a crowd that wanted to see the kind of shot only possible from a man who has devoted his entire being to packing on muscle and adding distance to his drives.

The crowd got what it finally wanted on Saturday, and it was a moment that will outlast the tournament. It could even be the highlight of a win for DeChambeau, who sits in a tie for second at 10-under, one stroke back from Lee Westwood entering the final round.

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