Tuesday March 9, 2021 – Bryson DeChambeau won the Arnold Palmer Invitational this past weekend thanks to a text he received from Big Cat ahead of his final round at Bay Hill. Whether or not Tiger actually texted him is up for debate. But, we’re optimists here at Cut Draw so we’re going to go with it. Tiger is the reason Bryson won. There, we said it.
As what has become customary when talking about Bryson, his bombs made more headlines than his win, 550 FedExCup points, and nearly $1.7 Million payout.
I want to start by saying that I respect what Bryson is doing. He’s quite literally changing the game while simultaneously giving 0 shits about what people think about him. He trusts the science, puts the work in, and goes out and backs up all the hype.
The only question I have is whether or not his approach off the tee is sustainable. Or in simple terms, how long can one’s back hold up when you swing harder than Canseco when his T levels were north of 2,000?
We played with a former PGA and Korn Ferry caddie over the weekend who’s pretty close with a bunch of guys on tour. And while we’re playing a little game of telephone at this point, the sentiment around tour is that it’s not.
I’m not a doctor nor do I like placing limitations on people, but I tend to agree.
No matter the flexibility, no matter the breathing exercises, no matter the copious amounts of bacon and protein shakes, you can only defy physics for so long. *I have no idea whether physics plays a role in this, but it felt right so that’s what we’re going with.
So, while it’s great to watch Bryson make the USGA and R&A shake in their boots, I have a funny feeling we’ll be seeing his game evolve yet again in the not too distant future.
But for now, I’m here for (and will also try and replicate) it.
If You Want To Feel Bad About Your Bank Account
Did you know that you could buy 72,783 cases of Orgain protein shakes with Bryson’s winnings? Anyway, here’s a look at how the bank accounts of the top finishers fared at the Arnold Palmer Invitational:
- Bryson DeChambeau – $1,674,000 and 550 FedExCup points.
- Lee Westwood – $1,013,700 and 315 FedExCup points.
- Corey Conners – $641,700 and 200 FedExCup points.
- Andrew Putnam – $391,375 and 120 FedExCup points.
- Richy Werenski – $391,375 and 120 FedExCup points.
- Jordan Spieth – $391,375 and 120 FedExCup points.
WTF Else is Goin’ On:
- Phil falls out of the top 100 in OWGR for the first time since ‘93.
- Brooks to miss the THE PLAYERS Championship due to injury.
The Week Ahead
THE PLAYERS Championship returns to the Stadium Course and TPC Sawgrass this weekend. At full capacity, THE PLAYERS can get rowdy. But, you know the thing. For now, 20% capacity will have to do.