Event organizers at the Saudi International are not taking any chances with the presence of Bryson DeChambeau in their city this year.
They’re attempting to make the driving range inaccessible to Bryson.
Golf Saudi officials announced on Wednesday that they will be erecting a new boundary fence at the back of the practice range in an effort to prevent DeChambeau’s practice balls from raining down on the course’s 12th tee box, as they did last year during the tournament.
DeChambeau averaged 323 yards off the tee on the PGA Tour last season and expects to drive the ball even further in 2022 with improved training and new equipment. He is expected to bring in a new driver for the Saudi event, which will take place from February 3 to 6.
“Despite being at an uphill angle and about 300 yards long, our driving range at Royal Greens proved just a little short for Bryson last year, with a number of his drives peppering the tee box for the 12th hole behind the practice area,” tournament director Mike Oliver said in a release. “To counter that this year, we’ve installed a boundary fence, which will keep all the players and fans safe as Bryson warms up.”
DeChambeau is one of the headliners of the event, along with defending champion Dustin Johnson and reigning PGA champion Phil Mickelson. DeChambeau will also compete next week at the PGA Tour’s Farmers Insurance Open.
On a conference call previewing the Saudi event, DeChambeau said of his driving distance: “This year will be even further. It’s coming here this week or next – you’ll be seeing a lot longer drivers. (At the Sentry Tournament of Champions) I couldn’t really do that because (the driver) wasn’t on the conforming list yet. We were supposed to have something earlier, but all the shipping delays caused it to be moved back. But I still went out and tried to bomb it. I hit a couple of wayward drives, but hopefully that will be corrected when I come to Royal Greens.”
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