Bryson DeChambeau is the most talked about golfer on the planet right now and after his body transformation that saw him pile on pounds of muscle, you can understand why.
When the American first started his physical journey, he was told by many that it’s been tried before and he’d fail like the rest of them. But if anyone was going to get it right, it was going to be the one known as the Mad Scientist. Watch the video below as we take a look at the evolution of Bryson DeChambeau and compare his numbers over the past two seasons.
DeChambeau started his physical journey at the start of 2020 in his quest to add more speed and distance to his game, but when he returned after the PGA Tour’s 91 day absence, he shocked the world when he rocked up to the Charles Schwab Challenge looking like a beast.
It didn’t take long for us to see that DeChambeau was now one of the most powerful players on the PGA Tour, but it’s safe to say most of us were surprised to see how well it was working for him.
In the last four tournaments, bulked-up Bryson has finished T3, T8, T6 and and 1st, after he battered his way through Detroit Golf Club to win the Rocket Mortgage Classic, his sixth PGA Tour title.
With DeChambeau looking as impressive as ever, we wanted to take a look at some of the key numbers behind his game and how they’ve changed since the 2019 season.
At the end of the 2019 season, DeChambeau finished 24th in Strokes Gained Off the Tee with an average of 0.42. Fast forward to this season and after 42 rounds, DeChambeau is 2nd with an average of 1.113.
In Driving Distance on the PGA Tour, DeChambeau finished the 2019 season in T34, with an average driving distance of 302.5 yards. DeChambeau’s new size and speed has helped him add over 20 yards to his average, seeing him sit 1st this season on 323 yards.
When you look at the longest drives recorded on the PGA Tour, the majority of big drives will have been recorded at courses with extreme altitudes, such as the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii or the WGC-Mexico Championship in Mexico City. In 2019, DeChambeau ranked T62 with a long drive of 386 yards, which he recorded at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. Fast forward to this season and DeChambeau sits 3rd after recording a drive of 428 yards, but unlike those around him at the top of this statistic, this drive wasn’t in Mexico or Hawaii, but in Connecticut at the Travelers Championship at the end of June.
There is one statistic where DeChambeau has failed to improve on and that’s Driving Accuracy, slipping from 66th in 2019 at 65.02% to 112th in 2020 at 61.05%. But considering how fast he now swings, you can understand why this percentage has dipped slightly.
And whilst he continues to show off his new found power and distance, DeChambeau has also improved on the putting green, an area that he has been criticised for in the past. In 2019, DeChambeau finished 28th in Strokes Gained Putting with an average of .372, which he has almost doubled in the 2020 season, seeing him move up to 12th, with an average of .690
All eyes will be on Bryson DeChambeau over the coming months as he looks to continue powering his way through the rest of the PGA Tour field and with the major championships just around the corner, don’t be surprised if this man tees off as the hot favourite.