The Big Golfer Takes On the PGA Championship

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Bryson DeChambeau is known for his Ben Hogan style hat, his slow approach to golf, and his constant beef with my guy Brooks Koepka.  His pace tends to be on the slow side because DeChambeau is super analytical whenever he plays golf.  Before a shot you will often see him discussing every aspect of the upcoming hole with his caddy, Tim Tucker.  Well…those were the things he WAS known for, now Bryson is recognized for something completely different.



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While we were all quarantining at home, watching Netflix, playing video games, and avoiding the public, Bryson DeChambeau decided to completely overhaul his body.  He packed on some muscle and now he looks like a fullback.  Instead of pushing the ball pass the goal line from the half yard mark, the Big Golfer is crushing golf balls well over 325 yards from the tee box.  His newly developed swing with his Cobra driver is very violent.  Not only does he look like a big physical football player, his swing looks like a linebacker on the driving range. 

 

When DeChambeau showed up for the Charles’ Schwab Challenge after the temporary PGA shut down, he was the talk of the tournament.  The guy looked huge and apparently had to drink a million protein shakes a day to maintain the extra mass.  Fans and media alike were all excited to see if the hulking drives would work or blow up in his face.  The Big Golfer did not disappoint.  He put on a show blasting the golf ball further than anyone else.  And on top of the spectacle that was his tee shot, DeChambeau finished T3.  Bryson set out to change the game of golf by shortening the hole out of the tee box and after one weekend he seemed to be on his way to doing just that.  But one massive question remained…what he newfound distance work when a major tournament came around?

 

This past weekend the PGA Championship took place at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco.  It was the first PGA tournament in 13 months.  Side note…TPC Harding Park is a municipal course and anyone can play on it.  It's going to cost you around $300, but getting the chance to play on a PGA major tournament quality course would be a very cool experience.  I currently stink too much to play a course that difficult, but maybe one day.  Also, I must give a quick shout out to Collin Morikawa for winning the tournament.  That Sunday drive on hole 16 was poetry in motion.  A shot that will be remembered for a long long time.

 

The PGA Championship was highlighted by a star-studded field.  Ninety-five of the top 100 were present in the Bay Area to try and win the first major championship of the season.  There were a ton of good narratives heading into Thursday’s first round including, would DeChambeau be able to compete for a major championship with his new barbarian approach to golf?  Harding Park is considered a bomber’s paradise, but for a major tournament the course’s difficulty was going to be cranked up.  Along with the increased course difficulty, the San Francisco climate was going to create many challenges for a guy like Bryson.  If you have ever gone to San Fran then you know that the fog, the wind, and the chilliness can lead to crappy golf conditions.   

 

Given all these questions and concerns, Bryson DeChambeau played very well.  He was able to create insane and unorthodox lines with his driver.  Of course, some of his first shots went wild - that is to be expected with such a violent swing.  Matter of fact after a bad initial shot DeChambeau “leaned” on his driver and snapped the head right off the shaft.  It was considered an accident, but as someone who can lose his temper while on the course, I saw right through Bryson’s joking façade.  I have leaned a little too heavily on my driver in frustration and it felt like it would snap, which deterred me from doing it again.  Because, unlike DeChambeau, I do not have spare club parts in my trunk.  Angry leaning aside, Bryson drove the ball well all tournament.  Matter of fact he was first in shots gained off the tee this past weekend.

 

The Big Golfer putted well on Saturday and, if he carried that into Sunday, he could have easily hoisted the Wanamaker Trophy.  Due to a monster drive he had a chance at a late eagle that could have had him near the top of the leaderboard, but he was not able to convert.  Bryson DeChambeau did not have his "A" game in California, but he was still in the hunt for the trophy.  If he catches fire on and around the green, he can blow away the field whether it is a major tournament or not.  It could be too early to official call DeChambeau’s meathead style a success, but I think after the PGA Championship Bryson DeChambeau will be a threat to win every tournament.  I cannot wait to see him play Augusta in November. 



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