Bryson DeChambeau is a little disappointed.
He has been the most talked-about golfer since the PGA Tour resumed its season after the COVID-19 pandemic halted it in mid-March. He tied for third at the Charles Schwab Challenge; tied for eighth at the RBC Heritage; and tied for sixth at the Travelers Championship.
The 26-year-old is the only player to finish in the top 10 in each of the three events, and he is ranked No. 10 in the world, but DeChambeau is less than satisfied as he enters the Rocket Mortgage Classicat the Detroit Golf Club, which starts Thursday.
“For me, it’s more of a long-term investment,” he said at a news conference Tuesday. “These are great preparation tournaments. I love them. I want to win them. Every tournament I come to I want to win, but you know, again, the most important things for me are those majors.”
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Boasting 13-2 odds, DeChambeau is the favorite to win this week as he tries to get over the proverbial hill.
DeChambeau is making his Rocket Mortgage Classic debut, and at first glance, he described the course as similar to Belmont Country Club in Fresno, California, where he played growing up. Because of that, he already feels comfortable and thinks he will thrive.
Recently, he has been recognized for his body transformation during the coronavirus quarantine, adding 40 pounds by focusing on a 2-to-1 protein-to-carbohydrate ratio.
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For breakfast, he has four eggs, five pieces of bacon and two protein shakes. Throughout the day, he munches on GoMacro bars and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich while drinking at least two protein shakes on the golf course. After that, he snacks while practicing before steak and potatoes for dinner.
That’s about 3,000 to 3,500 calories per day.
DeChambeau believes his diet has helped revitalize his performance as he trains with swing coach Chris Como and muscle activation expert Greg Roskopf.
“We were able to look at different things that most people aren’t normally capable of looking at,” DeChambeau said. “For example, we were looking at ground reaction forces and how I apply force to the ground to create speed. And there’s some unique properties that I have in how I create speed compared to other players.”
As a result, he has hit his driver farther. He averaged 340.4 yards per drive at the Charles Schwab Challenge and had a long of 428 yards at the Travelers Championship.
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The Rocket Mortgage Classic’s course seems tight, he said, and the shorter length limits his newfound dominance, but he’s not overly concerned.
“We’re going to see what it produces for me, but being able to hit an 8-iron 195 yards is a pretty good asset,” DeChambeau said. “Even though it limits my driving capabilities, my irons are going to be a lot shorter going into the greens no matter what club I have.
“I think there’s a lot of bunkers that are around like 290 (yards), so hopefully I’ll be able to clear those and take those out of play.”
DeChambeau has five career PGA Tour victories (three in 2018) but none this year. In February, he lost by one stroke to Patrick Reed in the WGC-Mexico Championship with a 17-under 267.
Through 103 events, he owns four second-place finishes, two third-place results and 24 top-10 showings. He has made the cut in 48 of 57 tournaments in the past three years.
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Another aspect of his approach entering the Rocket Mortgage Classic comes from spectators — or the lack thereof — who have not been allowed since the tour’s restart. He said courses look different without framing provided by the fans.
But because he hasn’t played at the Detroit Golf Club, everything is brand-new. He’s going to lean on his experiences from high school and as a collegiate golfer at SMU to find a pathway to success on the course.
“We’re just going to pick lines,” he said. “It just goes back to junior golf and college golf. I would always pick trees or something in the distance. I guess we just have to adapt.
“Again, it’s about who can adapt the best, especially in these challenging times.”
Bryson DeChambeau is a little disappointed.