Bryson DeChambeau to compete in long-drive championship two days after Ryder Cup

Will Bryson DeChambeau be crowned the longest driver in the world? Odds say no, but he will at least compete for the title.

DeChambeau has accepted an invite to compete in the Professional Long Drivers Association World Championships, which will be contested Sept. 28-Oct. 1 at Mesquite Sports Complex in Mesquite, Nevada.

“This is an amazing opportunity to grow the game and the sport in general,” DeChambeau wrote on Instagram. “I want to show the world how incredibly talented and hard-working these athletes are. I’ve been working hard to get my game up to their speeds, so I have a chance, but will still continue to play my best golf with my regular day job.”

DeChambeau ranks first on the PGA Tour in driving distance at 321 yards and is first in strokes gained/off-the-tee. However, long-drive-contests are a different animal, with competitors often needing something past the 400-yard barrier to capture the event. A notion Bryson seems well aware of.

He’ll head to the long drive championship after he finishes playing in the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisc., on Sept. 21-26.

DeChambeau, known for his driving power, set a new personal record last month with a 480-yard drive on the 777-yard par-5 eighth hole in “The Match” Charity Event.