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Another bizarre chapter was written in the ‘Year of Bryson DeChambeau’ after the American’s driver broke during the opening round of the US PGA Championship.

The big-hitting 26-year-old had just attempted to drive the green on TPC Harding Park’s 347-yard seventh hole when the biggest club in his bag gave up on him. 

As he bent over to pick up his tee, DeChambeau went to use his driver to stabilise himself. However, as he started to lean down, the shaft broke away at the hosel, separating from the driver head. 

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Fortunately for DeChambeau, per the rules of golf, he was able to replace the club without sanction as it hadn’t been broken in anger. 

An official was quickly dispatched to retrieve a replacement shaft on his behalf which was delivered to him as he made his way to the par-3 eighth. 

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“That was weird,” he told an on-course cameraman. “Swinging too hard. I guess it’s all the swings I’ve been putting in.”

After signing for a two-under 68, he explained what had caused it to happen.

“This material [in the shaft] isn’t going to last forever, no matter how strong you make it,” said DeChambeau. “That thing has lasted over a year swinging it over 200-mile-an-hour ball speeds. I’d say it’s done pretty dang well.”


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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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