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‘Nothing!’ – Bryson DeChambeau posts video to show he’s not taking PEDs

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Bryson DeChambeau’s stunning body transformation to gain speed has been one of the primary talking points in golf over the last couple of seasons.

Now, Bryson has decided to show that his metamorphosis was done cleanly and naturally.

In the video posted to his YoutTube channel, DeChambeau is shown outside of a Quest Diagnostics having just got tested for performance-enhancing drugs, with filming prohibited inside the building.

“I wanted you guys to see this and showcase this because nobody else is going to do this. This is medical health information that I’m willing to disclose. I want you guys to know that I did this in a way that was, hopefully, natural and just hard work.” says Bryson to kick off the video.

Bryson reveals that he had bloodwork and a urine sample taken before splitting to go speed training as the results take about a week to get back.

Then late one evening, during the Hero World Challenge earlier this month, DeChambeau showed the email of the results on his phone, with a note from the doctor saying: “All negative as expected! See attached (PDFs). You’re clean! haha”

The PDFs show that Bryson tested negative for amphetamine, growth hormones, methamphetamine, anabolic and masking agents and several anabolic androgenic agents. “All negative!” beamed the 28-year-old before adding, “Nothing!

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  1. Brad

    Dec 31, 2021 at 8:52 pm

    In the words of Shakespeare, “the lady doth protest too much, methinks”.

    If Bryson wasn’t on the sauce he would simply laugh and feel sorry for all of the jealous people who thought what he achieved wasn’t possible without PEDs. That’s the way I felt when I gained 40 pounds of muscle in a bit over a year between 19 and 20 years old by training like a mad man under the tutelage of a former champion powerlifter and bodybuilder, and eating a healthy but very high calorie diet.

    There were a lot of people who thought I had juiced, and I did train occasionally with those who did. It was funny to me that they thought that and I tool it as a huge compliment. Bryon would feel the same and not care if he was legit.

    I was randomly drug tested in the military, but Bryson chose the time and place for his test. He is smart enough to know the half life of PEDs in his system and how long he would need to wait before he could take a test and show negative. I’m not buying it for one minute because he did this. I didn’t really think he had taken PEDs before, but now I’m certain he has because of his obvious need to prove he wasn’t to everyone. You’ve outed yourself, Bryson.

    • phizzy

      Jan 14, 2022 at 6:40 pm

      I’m with you buddy. I’m a personal trainer and I train a few collegiate and pro athletes. In face, one of my good friends plays on the Mackenzie Tour. I’ve also done a couple NPC shows(bodybuiding)over a decade ago so I’m in the know about how PEDs work especially on the PGA Tour because my buddy on the Mackenzie Tour is acquintances and friends with a couple of them. Most of fans of pro sports is in denial about their favorite athlete because it would upset them to find out pro sports in general is not clean.

  2. geohogan

    Dec 27, 2021 at 3:36 pm

  3. geohogan

    Dec 27, 2021 at 3:26 pm

  4. Calvin F.

    Dec 21, 2021 at 8:10 pm

    Bryson needs to realize that if he was playing any other sport than golf no one would think he is on PEDs. What he did does requires some dedication, but it’s nothing extreme that would indicate use of PEDs. It’s a 20 yr old at the peak of testosterone production with a dedicated workout routine. That’s about it.

  5. Brandon

    Dec 21, 2021 at 6:56 pm

    It’s pretty easy to get jacked in your 20’s if you dedicate yourself for a few years.

  6. Benny

    Dec 21, 2021 at 2:01 pm

    Kevin and Tom are well spoken and make great points. I have done light cycles in years past. This includes enanthate propionate stacked. My best was 198lbs just under 5% fat at 6-3″ and shredded. My best physical shape of my life and excelled at any spot I played. But this was purpose built to gain but not bloat. Bloating is a very common effect of cycles. He could have easily faked this or been clean. I worked out with AM body builders and a couple Pros in our GYM including 2x Mr Olympia contestants from the 90’s. Our body’s only allow us to get so big. Why a 6′ 200lb wide receiver cannot just eat and lift to become a 330lb linemen. Just isn’t possible.
    For Bryson to gain 30-40lbs, or easier way to explain, gain over 30% of mass with his metabolism at his age is down right impossible. Add to that the time gap he gave us made him look foolish. To main stream media and folks who do not know better it worked. But now it’s a year later and the educated people have laughed at him so he is trying to back peddle.
    Bryson has also lost most of his size yet kept his speed which is really impressive but from his dedication. But to see how wide his back got and add his excuse of eating pizzas made me laugh. There is no faking that he took the sauce. Otherwise why would he even care.

    • BJ

      Dec 24, 2021 at 4:19 pm

      Spot on here

    • bill

      Dec 25, 2021 at 2:48 pm

      Bryson gained around 20 lb during the break (and 40 since college). That isn’t impossible if a guy hasn’t lifted before and took legal supps. I seriously lifted for years and gained 10 pounds with creatine alone (granted some was water weight). If you look at Bryson he was already had a good frame, “He estimates that he’s put on about 40 pounds since he left college in 2015, and about 20 pounds over the break.” He doesn’t look ripped–looks more like a husky high schooler who lifts heavy. If anything, Tiger looks more on the sauce, he has more separation in his muscles and looks more like a bodybuilder.

      • phizzy

        Jan 14, 2022 at 6:45 pm

        Sorry Bill, but you’re wrong. Having competed in NPC bodybuilding shows, I know a thing or two about how PEDs work. THere are certain steroids that make the user retain fluid. Deca and long acting test, d-bol, and anadrol are the few that come to mind. It’s very possible that Bryson could have been using those. Not everybody that uses steroids looks like a bodybuilder. In fact, powerlifters and strong men also use PEDs and they are quite bloated and fat.

  7. Kevin B

    Dec 21, 2021 at 12:46 pm

    I dont necessarily care one way or another if he is on PEDs or not, however, him taking a test that he scheduled doesnt really prove anything. You can easily cycle off, take your test, show up “clean,” and jump back on the bike.

    • bill

      Dec 25, 2021 at 2:51 pm

      Kevin, you are exactly right–the test proves nothing. Whatever people say, it is damn hard to hit a ball 360 in the fairway. Otherwise everyone would work towards it. The most impressive thing is how straight he hits it at 360.

  8. Tom Newsted

    Dec 21, 2021 at 11:30 am

    Many of us don’t care about the side show that is Bryson. He trying so hard to make us think or believe he hasn’t used PED or that he is the next great golfer. The problem is that he has an image problem many of us cant stand him with his super arrogant tone as well as his lack of respect for the game. He has been this way for years and just because he gave Brooks a hug during the Ryder Cup doesn’t mean a thing.

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PGA Tour caddie who was hired and fired within 24 hours loses job again

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Just a few months after caddie Brent Henley was hired and fired within a 24 hour period, he’s out of work again.

In the past, Henley has caddied for former PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Woody Austin, who won four times on the PGA Tour and Robert Garrigus. He was also a part of the winning team on the 2007 Presidents Cup team while caddying for Austin.

In addition, the looper tasted victory in the first event he ever caddied for, winning on the bag of Garrett Willis at the 2001 Tucson Open.

However, back in March, Henley revealed via Twitter that he was out of a job less than 24 hours after being hired.

When Henley was asked about what player fired him, he refused to disclose the information.

This week, Henley has just revealed that he’s been fired again.

Brent was recently on the bag for American Bo Hoag in both the Mexico Open and Wells Fargo Championship, so it’s likely that this is the player he’s referring to being let go by this time.

Brent’s older brother, Kip, is also a PGA Tour caddie. The elder Henley has caddied for world class players such as Stewart Cink and Vijay Singh. He’s previously spoken about how difficult it can be to be a caddie on the PGA Tour.

“Most people have no idea what it’s like to be a caddie on the PGA Tour. They think that everyone makes money like crazy, but truly, there are only a handful of guys that never struggle as a caddie. The rest of us caddies have to hop around and try to stay on a bag.”

Kip seems to have a pretty good grasp on what his younger brother is currently going through.

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Very rare penalty decides final match of NCAA Championship

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The NCAA Division 1 Golf Championships are the pinnacle of competition between the top grade collegiate golfers and many of the contenders have gone on to make their mark at the highest level.

With the team result often reliant on the final match-play games, nerves and mindset are crucial, let alone accidental breach of rules.

In this year’s women’s final, favorites Stanford raced to an early 2-0 lead over Oregon thanks to wins from Brooke Seay and Aline Krauter before Oregon tied the score courtesy of victories from Briana Chacon and Tze-Han Lin.

It all came down to the match between the current world amateur number one, Stanford’s Rose Zhang, and her opponent Sofie Kibsgaard Nielsen.

All looked like going to plan as Zhang arrived at the 17th with a 2-up lead and, when both players hit their initial shots into the rough, the pressure was on the Oregon player.

Around 20 yards behind her rival, Nielsen hit her next just short of the 17th green whilst Zhang recovered from her tee shot to land her approach on the green.

However, as the Golf Channel came back to the coverage of the decider, they were made aware of an issue.

On-course reporter Jim Gallagher noted, “As Nielsen was walking up, she actually ran over [Zhang’s] ball with her push cart, which is no penalty. They placed it as well as they could.”

Unfortunately that was not the case.

In 2019 the Rules of Golf changed the ruling to award a penalty in match-play, not in stroke-play, stating, “If the opponent lifts or deliberately touches the player’s ball at rest or causes it to move, the opponent gets one penalty stroke.”

“There are a couple of exceptions, but what happened there with that incident didn’t fall under any of the exceptions,” said an NCAA rules official.

With Nielsen now lying three , not two, and her opponent on the green, she needed to hole out from off the green to have any chance of forcing the match to the 18th hole. As her chip couldn’t find the bottom of the hole, the match and the game was over.

Zhang, the current Player of the Year, took only the expected two putts to win the hole, match and NCAA Championship.

Broadcaster Paige Mackenzie sympathized:

“I’ve never seen anything like that before,” she said. “The mistake off the tee, hitting it into the rough, maybe fell asleep at the wheel. It’s one of those where you wonder if maybe mental fatigue was a part of it. Not paying attention to where Rose’s ball ended up. It happens, late in the day, it’s been 95 degrees.”

Whilst Zhang didn’t need the win to retain her status as the best current collegiate player, this was a luckless defeat in the end for Oregon.

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‘Pro caddies are extremely overrated’ – GolfWRXers react

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In our forums, our members have been reacting to a strong take from WRXer user ‘@4thhand11’, who kicks off the discussion by saying:

“Stricker won with his wife on the bag. Kuchar won with a random caddie in Mexico. Cink won with his son on the bag. Sam Horsfield just won on the Euro Tour with his girlfriend on the bag.

Nothing against guys like Bones and Fluff but honestly, how much can it matter when you can win with a random family member carrying your clubs?

The media loves to hype up some caddies, but they really make a marginal difference IMO.”

And our members have been sharing their thoughts on the subject in our forum, with the vast majority in strong disagreement.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • RSinSG: “Well, the player always has to hit the shot, but the most value a caddie may offer is the ability to talk the player off of a ledge when his internal noise gets really loud.”
  • Stevens24: “Well, Stricker’s wife has caddied for him for most of his career, so it isn’t like that was a one-off. You really think Cink’s son was a one-off? And Kuchar’s caddie was a local who knew the course. If they weren’t important, tour pros would be paying them anything, and you would have a bunch of 18-year-old kids doing it. Yet the best caddies make serious money and do not go without a bag. Funny how Scheffler didn’t win anything until Ted Scot got on the bag?”
  • mosesgolf: “Steve Williams purposely gave Tiger an incorrect yardage that set up the famous putt on the 18th Torrey Pines 2008 US OPEN. SW said Tiger was so pumped and amped up that giving him correct yardage likely meant Tiger hitting his wedge too far. IMO they matter big time. Even JT admitted he doesn’t win without Bones last weekend.”
  • Chunkitgood: “The problem with caddies is that they are not overrated. That is, they are, in fact, quite important, which is unfortunate. I’d rather see a golfer win more strictly on his own efforts.”

Entire Thread: “‘Pro caddies are extremely overrated’ – GolfWRXers discuss”

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