How does golf’s most unique competitor celebrate victories on the PGA Tour?
In the case of Bryson DeChambeau, the 27-year-old behemoth who won the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the toast called for a unique combination.
There was pinball, chocolate milk plus tea-and-lemonade flavoured gummies – you know, the Arnold Palmer.
“That was kind of funny, it was kind of a tribute to him,” DeChambeau said on Tuesday as he prepared for The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass.
“We had a little bit of champagne, as well, and popped a bottle. That was fun…
“I’ll also say, when I went back, I was staying at a host family’s house, they’re great friends of mine and they were nice enough to host me all week in this beautiful home and I played some pinball, funnily enough.
“They had a pinball machine downstairs, so I was playing that for a little while.”
DeChambeau said he was able to bag the win last week without his “A game” and is excited to pull it all together in his third career start at TPC Sawgrass.
As is standard with DeChambeau, his approach will be anything but typical.
He kicked around the concept of hitting into the ninth fairway – this route requires clearing a significant water hazard tracing the designed fairway landing to the right – on No. 18, a reference to his 377-yard drive at Bay Hill last week.
“I’ll probably give it a try, but it’s most likely not going to happen,” DeChambeau said.
Entering the tournament, DeChambeau is the co-second favourite along with Jon Rahm, behind world No.1 Dustin Johnson.
He opens Thursday in a group with Johnson and Collin Morikawa, golf’s three most recent major champions.
DeChambeau said he was back on the range early on Monday after tucking himself in Sunday night – lights out is never after 11pm – as the only two-time winner on tour this season.
“I just can’t bomb it out there… If I can get my iron play down this week and my wedges down this week, I’ll have a great chance to win with my putting,” he said.