After DeChambeau floats idea of playing left of lake at TPC Sawgrass’ 18th hole, PGA Tour erects in-course OB stakes
Responded: By the PGA Tour, to Bryson DeChambeau’s idea for an innovative way of playing the 18th hole at TPC Sawgrass during this week’s Players Championship, with a barrier of its own: in-course out-of-bounds stakes. After he won the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Sunday, DeChambeau was asked about whether he might consider any different angles at TPC Sawgrass. He said that he might play into the ninth fairway left of the water along the left side of the 18th hole, a dogleg-left, 462-yard par 4. “I have thought about sometimes on 18 going left into 9,” he said. “But we’ll see, with the stands and everything, if it’s even worth it.” DeChambeau leads the PGA Tour in driving distance, at 323.5 yards. During the final round of the API, DeChambeau took a nearly direct line toward the green at the dogleg-left, 555-yard par-5 sixth hole, leaving his tee shot in a fairway bunker, 88 yards from the flagstick. He made birdie and won the tournament by one stroke. He'll have to find another way to cut TPC Sawgrass down to size, though. “In the interest of safety for spectators, volunteers and other personnel," the PGA Tour said in a statement Tuesday, "the Players Championship Rules Committee has installed an internal out of bounds left of the lake for play of hole 18."
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