Saudi International Venue Builds Fence To Bryson-Proof Driving Range


It’s no secret that Bryson DeChambeau is one of the world’s longest hitters. Finishing eighth in the World Long Drive Championships, the American has gone on to top the PGA Tour’s driving distance charts for the last two years, with 322.1 and 323.7 yard averages making him comfortably the longest off the tee.

However, with the new found distance comes a few problems. When we say problems, we don’t mean for DeChambeau, we mean for some event organisers. This happened to be the case for the tournament organisers at the Saudi International, which gets underway on the 3rd – 6th February with a star-studded line-up.

DeChambeau, who will be attending the event for a third time, rained practice balls onto the course from Royal Greens’ 300-yard range in 2021, with his drives flying the whole boundary of the range and landing on the course’s 12th tee box.

Royal Greens driving range

The driving range at Royal Greens

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With DeChambeau announcing that he will be hitting the ball further than ever in 2022, the tournament organisers obviously had to make some changes so that the 12th and surrounding areas will be safe for players and spectators. Their solution, well that is to erect a fence at the rear of the range to stop said drives from flying and wiping out those in the area.

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