Bryson DeChambeau muscles up to hit the links

DeChambeau hopes to be the big man on the green

Bryson DeChambeau

In the category of athletes who bulk up to turn themselves into big hitters, we present for your consideration Bryson DeChambeau.

Indeed, the 26-year-old native of Modesto, Calif., took time away from the golf course over the winter to add 25 pounds of muscle to his 6-feet-1-inch frame in an effort to turn himself into the type of player that can effectively challenge some of the longer holes on the PGA Tour.

And if some early performances are any indication, it appears he’s been successful. Since returning in late January, he has led two tournaments (the WGC-Mexican Open and the Arnold Palmer Invitational) in average driving distance through early March, while finishing third and 15th in two others. On the season, he leads the PGA in that category at 321.3 yards, up from his middle-of-the-pack average of 302.5 in 2019.

But as the saying goes, you drive for show and putt for dough, and in that area DeChambeau is still waiting. Although he hasn’t yet won a tournament in 2020, he is encouraged by his performance, saying he’s feeling healthier than ever and looking forward to the future.

Full name: Bryson James Aldrich DeChambeau

Birth date: Sept. 16, 1993

Birthplace: Modesto, Calif.

Height/weight: 6 feet 1 inch/205 pounds

Alma mater: Southern Methodist University

Marital status: Single

Turned Pro: 2016

PGA Tour wins: 5

Honors and Achievements: California State Junior Championship (2010); NCAA Division I Championship, U.S. Amateur (2015); Presidents Cup champion (2019)

George Dickie

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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