The organizers of this week’s PGA Tour event had to add “extra shields” in the practice area to catch the ball of “long-range boss” Bryson DeChambeau.

The whole project consists of two large cranes, mesh, reinforcing tools with 30 hours of construction and the total cost of completing nearly 20,000 USD.

A safety net was added at the Harbor Town Golf Links, the site of this week's RBC Heritage.  Photo: Twitter / imsowaivy

A safety net was added at the Harbor Town Golf Links, the site of this week’s RBC Heritage. Image: Twitter / imsowaivy

This item is further designed to address previous year’s concerns.

RBC Heritage 2020 closed in June due to Covid-19, in the low wind and high humidity, the ball line was powered. At that time, the main net was approximately 40 meters high, but not enough to block the range of DeChambeau, Rory McIlroy. These two golfers hit many shots with their dedicated sticks – the driver crosses the eighth hole green, right behind the net. On the PGA Tour, DeChambeau was at the top of long range, averaging 321.1 yards and McIlroy fourth, at 318.2 yards.

“The weather is not the main problem. But Bryson hit 430 yards. Rory too. And like that, there are times when the rangers want to cross the net during practice. The fact is that the ball goes to green hole 8, into the lake. water and homes nearby, “said Jonathan Wright. He is in charge of maintaining the Harbor Town Golf Links – the annual host ground for the RBC Heritage.

Without fans in the field but worried about volunteers and local residents being injured, last year, Wright asked the expert team to “bombard”, especially DeChambeau, step back from the standard practice line when using the driver.

This year, the public was allowed to enter the field to watch the tournament, so the organizers had to find a solution. They intend to raise the main net but this way costs money, maybe up to 100,000 USD, while mining is only a week. Finally, the second shield was chosen, consisting of two heavy duty cranes for the frame and two giant nets assembled and connected by a specialized climbing hook.

The construction team went to work on April 6, taking a few days to complete. The process of implementing many problems, from buying the wrong materials and accessories, lifting the reinforcement cables, pruning the branches to the headache of the nets sagging the joints, even splitting or fluttering in the wind.

Finally, the project was put into use from the beginning of this week. However, that was also when DeChambeau announced the dropout and McIlroy did not attend. Perhaps now, it only works for Dustin Johnson and Wyndham Clark. Both are in the top 10 ranged.

“I’m a little sad now to hear Bryson withdraw. He’s in the top group in the world with a long range. But at least we know the audience will be safer,” said Wright.

RBC Heritage 2021 kicked off on April 15 on par71, with a bonus fund of 7.1 million USD. In the previous period, Webb Simpson won at -22, earning $ 1,278 million.

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