Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau pounded shots along the front nine of Muirfield Village in a practice round that would have attracted a capacity crowd if spectators were allowed at the Memorial.
They are gobbling up most of the attention in golf, for entirely different reasons.
One of them because he's Woods.
The other because he's unlike anyone else in the game.
DeChambeau has everyone talking, whether it's his super-sized physique, how hard he swings the driver, how far he is hitting the golf ball or his beliefs – which can sound like boasts – that he's changing the way the game is played.
Even the tournament host is curious.
"Bryson's golf swing is not a fluid golf swing," Jack Nicklaus said. "Bryson's golf swing is pretty much pretty firm going back and firm coming through with a lot of body rotation.
"It's a little different than a lot of guys. And can you believe the power he's getting from that? I mean, it's unbelievable."
RIGHT: DeChambeau's driving has been the main talking point since the PGA Tour returned. PHOTO: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images.
DeChambeau faces a stacked field at the Memorial – nine of the top 10 in the world, 43 out of the top 50 – while coming off a victory two weeks ago when he pummelled Detroit Golf Club with his driver.
He had seven straight top-10 finishes dating to March, before COVID-19 shut down the tour. Since its return, DeChambeau has hit 29 tee shots at 350 yards or longer.
Woods is 44 and still has plenty of pop.
"There was a couple holes he hit 320, 325," said DeChambeau, 26. "I'm like, 'That's pretty good for his age.'"
Woods is intrigued by a different way of playing, which is why a generation ago he used to practise early with Bubba Watson to see not just his length but the shape in his shots.
DeChambeau brings an element of physics to his approach, such as air density and ground force.
Woods has always been about power, and so much more. It's why he has won 82 times on the PGA Tour and has a chance at the Memorial – where he has won five times – to break the career victory record he shares with Sam Snead.
When he started, Woods and John Daly were the biggest hitters. Technology has changed all that, starting with launch monitors that have led to sonar devices that allow players to optimise everything.
"Let's look at the fact that he's hitting it as straight as he is," Woods said. "That's part of the most difficult thing to do.
"The further you hit it, the more the tangent goes more crooked. So the fact that he's figured that out and has been able to rein in the foul balls to me has been equally as impressive as his gains off the tee."
The next question is whether that will work at Muirfield Village, which figures to be the toughest test since golf resumed at shorter courses with minimal rough and softer greens.
DeChambeau believes other players will figure out his equation soon enough – swinging it hard, hitting it straight. Form is far more important.
"Obviously if I play well then the ranking takes care of itself and all I'm thinking about this week is playing well and putting up some good numbers," added the 26-year-old.
- Doug Ferguson, Associated Press