Bryson DeChambeau’s “growing pains” might be over. Following some early struggles with his bulked-up body, DeChambeau is one shot off Eddie Pepperell’s lead at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. And his added power is turning heads—including his own.
“Well, it’s opened new boundaries that I never thought were possible, to be up front with you,” DeChambeau told reporters in Dubai after a Friday 67. “I don’t know necessarily how to control all of it yet, but I’m getting to the place where I’m starting to learn with driver I need, under the gun, in certain conditions, a left-to-right wind, a left-to-right wind, what to do and how to apply that power in a way that’s going to keep me in the fairway and allow me to have more scoring opportunities. So it’s a gigantic leap for me.”
Speaking of gigantic, there was a 375-yard bomb that led to a birdie on the third hole. Even Brooks Koepka might have been impressed by that. And how about this mighty lash DeChambeau took on No. 17 in which the 26-year-old set up another birdie by nearly driving the green while more resembling a Long Drive contestant than a five-time PGA Tour winner:
Forget about Koepka, even John Daly would be impressed by that grip-it-and-rip-it cut.
DeChambeau is the defending champ in Dubai, but he looks a lot different in his return after an off-season that saw him put on some 30 pounds of muscle.
“It has felt a little bit different, but I’m lucky enough that I’ve got a system where I kind of go back to this these biomechanical governor sorts of things and it allows me to repeat motion more consistently, albeit at those higher speeds I can’t do the exact same thing, it allows me to repeat motion a little bit easier,” DeChambeau said of his recent physical transformation. “So I’m still working through that. It does feel a little bit different, but again that’s why I’m working on it and I’m trying to experiment and see what the future holds for me on that, I want to see what I can do.”
So do we, Bryson. But if you’re going to swing out of your shoes like that, you might not want to stand so close to the tee marker.