Bryson DeChambeau stunned the broader golf world with his impressive US Open victory and the man who says he ‘dominated’ the Winged Foot course says he plans to do the same at Augusta.
The 27-year-old, famed for his efforts to bulk up in order to increase the distance of his drives, won by six shots at the US Open, leaving many wondering how the significantly more open course for the Masters at Augusta will fare given his unique style.
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DeChambeau was the only player to finish under-par at the somewhat suffocating New York course, which boasts significantly less fairway space and more rough compared to Augusta.
Asked whether he had beaten the US Open field of 143 players or the course itself, De Chambeau was unequivocal in his reply, and vowed to further his strategy at the Masters.
“I beat the golf course. I dominated it,” he told the Golf Channel.
“I’m not going to stop. Next week, I’m going to be trying a 48-inch driver.
“We’re going to be messing with some head designs and do some amazing things with Cobra to make it feasible to hit these drives maybe 360, 370, maybe even farther.’’
In the same interview, DeChambeau also said he was hoping to add even more mass to his 185-centimetre, 104kg frame to generate even more power on his drives.
“I think I can get to 245 (pounds),’’ he said.
“Length is going to be a big advantage there (at Augusta).”
DeChambeau hoping for athleticism advantage at Augusta
Seeking to win to major titles in a row, DeChambeau said his own quest to maximise his power was in part inspired by Tiger Woods’ impact on the sport.
“It’s tough to rein in athleticism,’’ DeChambeau said.
“We’re always going to be trying to get fitter, stronger, more athletic.
“Tiger inspired this whole generation to do this, and we’re going to keep going after it. I don’t think it’s going to stop. Will they rein it back? I’m sure. I’m sure something might happen.
“But I don’t know what it will be. I just know that length is always going to be an advantage.’’
While the 27-year-old has his fair share of critics, his tour competitors believe his advantage is real - and even bigger at an open course like Augusta.
Former world no.1 Rory McIlroy said DeChambeau’s potential could be even greater at the Masters.
“If he can do it around (Winged Foot), I’m thinking of Augusta and thinking of the way you sort of play there,’’ McIlroy said.
“It’s brilliant, but I think he’s taken advantage of where the game is at the minute.
“I’m not saying that’s right or wrong, it’s just the way it is. He’s just taking advantage of what we have right now.’’