PGA Tour clearly hates fun with new Bryson DeChambeau rule at Players Championship
The Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass has some unusual landscape that forced players like Bryson DeChambeau to find unorthodox ways to get past the 18th hole in the course. Instead of hitting it down the fairway, the American golfer is planning to bank it left over the water near No.9 in a bid to get a better angle.
“I have thought about sometimes on 18 going left into 9. But we’ll see, with the stands and everything, if it’s even worth it,” he said. “But that’s really the only one that I could see being unique and a little different as of right now. There’s really not another hole.”
However, things took a quick turn when the Players Championship Rules Committee heard DeChambeau’s plot and spoiled the party by instating an internal out of bounds rule on the area.
“In the interest of safety for spectators, volunteers and other personnel, the Players Championship Rules Committee has installed an internal out of bounds left of the lake for play on hole 18,” the Tour said in a statement.”
“The Tour noted that similar instances of internal out of bounds for safety purposes have occurred at The Open Championship (hole 9) in 2017, the 2021 Sony Open in Hawaii (hole 13 and hole 18), and most recently, the 2021 Arnold Palmer Invitational (hole 6).”
For safety reasons, DeChambeau couldn’t proceed with his new tactic. Instead, he will have no other choice but to play the hole just as it was placed.
Fresh off winning the 2021 Arnold Palmer Invitational last week, the No. 6 ranked PGA Tour golfer is set to appear in the upcoming Players Championship and is seeking to bring home more hardware to add to his collection.
With the new ruling, Bryson DeChambeau won’t be able to pull out the tricks up his sleeve and will be tested when he comes face-to-face with the 18th hole at Sawgrass. Hopefully, he succeeds even without some ninth hole help.