Weekly Recap: Whoa, DeChambeau!

Weekly Recap: Whoa, DeChambeau!

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The everlasting image of the 2021 Arnold Palmer Invitational will be of Bryson DeChambeau, arms and driver raised high over head, majestically watching his 370-yard drive cut the lake on the par-5 sixth hole at Bay Hill on Saturday.

But here's what won the tournament for DeChambeau on Sunday: par-par-par-par-par-par-par-par-par- par-par-par. While the field was averaging 75.5 amid the day's brutally windy conditions, DeChambeau methodically parred the final 12 holes to shoot 1-under 71 and hold off a gallant Lee Westwood by a single stroke.

DeChambeau thus finally won the tournament that likely means the most to him outside the majors – the tournament that honors Arnold Palmer. He finished runner-up in 2018 and fourth a year ago, all while speaking glowingly of a man he clearly reveres and got to meet shortly before his passing in September 2016.

For a guy who often has the spotlight of an entire sport shining directly on him – much like Palmer in his hey day – this was a low-key day with little flash. It was all about simply getting the ball in the hole. DeChambeau's 71 tied for the low round of the day. It began with a bad bogey, his only one of the day.

"From then on out, I just told myself, 'Keep your head down, this is going to be a grueling day, make as many pars as you can, make birdies where you can. And people

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Len Hochberg
Len Hochberg has covered golf for RotoWire since 2013. A veteran sports journalist, he was an editor and reporter at The Washington Post for many years. He was named 2020 "DFS Writer of the Year" by the FSWA and was nominated for the same award in 2019.
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