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‘I was super-inflamed’ – Bryson opens up on diet experiment mistake

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Golf superstar Bryson DeChambeau has been a captivating figure in the sport of golf since he earned his first PGA Tour win back in 2017.

From being so detail oriented that he used geometric compasses during his rounds to verify the accuracy of course maps to famously having irons designs for him that were all the same length (about the length of a 6-iron), he’s always done things his own way.

In addition to the “mad scientist” approach and the interesting choice of clubs, the 29-year-old also took an extreme approach to how he ate.

In order to put on as much weight as possible to add distance, DeChambeau was eating upwards of 3,500 calories per day including a great deal of protein in the form of protein shakes. In that timeframe, he put on about 50 pounds. The bulk Bryson put on turned out to be beneficial in many ways and it made him the longest driver on the PGA Tour and helped him win a U.S. Open and a handful of other big events.

However, in an interview with “The 5 Clubs Podcast“, DeChambeau revealed that all of the unhealthy eating habits were starting to take a negative toll on his overall health.

“I ate things that were not great for my system that I was very sensitive to and ultimately it got to the point where it was a little bit too much.

“I ate improperly for almost a year and a half, and I was starting to feel weird, my gut was all messed up and so I went completely healthy and went on a Whole-30 diet, got a nutritionist. I was super-inflamed.”

“I start out with going to each side and then from there I best fit what works for me,” he added. “It’s a decent way to live life, it can be a tough one at times because it’s such extremes but if you don’t know one side of the coin to the other, I mean, how can you ever figure out what works best for you? That’s what I’ve done with my life so far.”

Golf has been a struggle for DeChambeau for the past year and a half or so. His last victory was in March of 2021 (API) and he didn’t get himself into contention in any LIV Golf event.

“I played terrible golf the last year, I played my C game.”

He’s also now recommending that young golfers take a different route than he did to gain distance off the tee.

“No. I mean, get stronger in a healthy way. Go get a blood sensitivity test and figure out what works best for your body to gain size and strength.”

Bryson said that he now feels and looks younger after returning to a healthier lifestyle, so it will be interesting to see if that translates to the golf course in 2023.

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  1. Joey5Picks

    Nov 21, 2022 at 2:05 pm

    Bryson will do anything to stay in the news. Gotta expect that when you play on an exhibition tour that no one sees.

  2. Brandon

    Nov 20, 2022 at 5:52 pm

    3500 calories a day really isn’t that much. I’d say that’s about what I average a day.

  3. CrashTestDummy

    Nov 20, 2022 at 12:21 pm

    It makes sense that he goes to the extremes to see what is his own middle ground. It does cut the time frame on the experiment and would take longer to know his limits. However, there are irreversible consequences because you can’t just completely lose the excess muscle bulk, however I do understand his reasoning. There was a method to the madness.

  4. Bill

    Nov 19, 2022 at 12:03 pm

    LIV is a 54-hole non merit-based invite-only exhibition league and nothing more.

    No rankings points for clown shows and the courts will agree. Players knew beforehand and are responsible for their own choices. Lawsuit has no merit.

  5. Euan Hardman

    Nov 18, 2022 at 3:40 pm

    3500 Kcal a day and a 50lb weight gain in a few months without medical supervision is unhealthy. Who’da thunk it?

    • Benny

      Dec 5, 2022 at 2:59 pm

      Its impossible. There is physically no way you can gain 50lbs like that on a 3500 cal diet, mid 20’s, 6-2 already maxed in strength. You cannot even gain that much fat which is far easier to put on that muscle.

      Body builders, the ones who take roids, do cycles all year. They will “bulk up” in the off because you cannot gain muscle while eating healthy.

      I repeat you cannot gain muscle size while eating healthy. Even the body builders have to cut and get down to 5%-8% before a show and then cut water. (Very dangerous)

      Cutting fat means cutting muscle too. You cannot do both unless its with help.

      For Bryson, mid 20’s, to stack on 50lbs and what he said “was all pizza” is complete BS.

      I remember seeing the size of his back and anyone on a cycle the traps and shoulders always show. You can clearly see its a cycle.

      Most likely dball or something to start off and now he is figuring out strength w/o that huge bulk size

  6. Jeff B

    Nov 18, 2022 at 10:54 am

    “Go get a blood sensitivity test and figure out what works best for your body to gain size and strength.”

    What does this even mean? Who’s doing blood tests that tell you what works best for your body?

    • george hogan maine golfer extraordinaire

      Nov 18, 2022 at 12:38 pm

      imagine being this^ stupid and thinking youre the smartest guy in the room at the same time…. crazy world you live in Jeffy….

      • geohogan

        Nov 18, 2022 at 8:03 pm

        Bryson is not that stupid.

        There is only one way to gain 40-50 pounds in that short a time (less than 6 months). and yes there are side effects.

        Next: YIPS and his golf will be finished.

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Is this the most ingenious caddie move you’ve seen?

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Our PGA Tour reporter, Andrew Tursky was on site in the Bahamas at last week’s Hero World Challenge, and he spotted something interesting. I’ll let AT take it from here.

“As a former club caddie myself, I fully respect this move from an Albany caddie during the pro-am. Instead of writing down the players approximate yardages in a yardage book or on piece of paper, he writes them down on a square slab and velcros it to his caddie bib for instant visual access.”

“This is a true veteran move. I’m questioning the yardage gapping for that particular player, because something seems off, but the point is that it’s a great caddie trick regardless.”

It’s a brilliant technique. A “why didn’t I think of that” caddie hack. Well played.

GolfWRX will be on location at at the QBE Shootout, so look out for more WITBs and inside-the-ropes photos soon!

Check out all of our photos from the 2022 Hero World Challenge

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Rory McIlroy reveals how Greg Norman recently soured relationship after olive branch had emerged

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Rory McIlroy has arguably become the face of the PGA Tour. Despite Tiger Woods and McIlroy calling for Greg Norman to step down from his position as CEO of LIV Golf, “the Shark” is still very much the face of the rival golf league. With their respective positions, it hasn’t been all that surprising that the relationship between the two big names in the world of golf has grown exceedingly contentious.

However, what may be a bit surprising to some is that up until recently, the relationship between the two was very strong.

In McIlroy’s recent interview with the “Sunday Independent“, the 33-year-old revealed some conversations he’d had in the recent past that give a better understanding of his complex relationship with Norman.

Rory was one of the first players to say he wasn’t interested in joining a rival golf league with huge, guaranteed contracts being the motivating factor.

“He (Norman) wasn’t happy, and we had a pretty testy back-and-forth and he was very condescending. ‘Maybe one day you’ll understand’ and all this (stuff),”

However, McIlroy remembered some kindness showed from Norman after Rory collapsed at the 2011 Masters. After the tournament, Norman reached out to McIlroy with some words of comfort. “He was great,” McIlroy said.

With that in mind, McIlroy reached out to Norman after watching the 30 for 30 documentary about Norman’s 1996 Masters collapse that was released in April of 2022.

“So, I said to him, ‘Watching it reminded me of how you reached out to me in 2011, and I just want to say that I’ll always appreciate it. It meant a lot. I know our opinion on the game of golf right now is very different, but I just wanted you to know that and wish you all the best.”

“So, a bit of an olive branch, and he came back to me straightaway: ‘I really think golf can be a force for good around the world… I know our opinions are not aligned but I’m just trying to create more opportunities for every golfer around the world.”

At that point, although they disagreed on whether LIV was a good or bad thing for golf, they seemed to have reached a level of mutual respect and gone their separate ways. Until, according to McIlroy, Norman re-opened the floodgates by saying just a few weeks later that Rory had been “brainwashed” by the PGA Tour.

“A couple of weeks later, he (Norman) does an interview with The Washington Post and says I’ve been brainwashed by the PGA Tour. We’ve had this really nice back-and-forth and he says that about me.”

After the interview, McIlroy’s thought process changed: “I thought, you know what? I’m going to make it my business now to be as much of a pain in his a**e as possible,” with the four-time major winner claiming that the PGA Tour is lucky Norman is involved in LIV because, as he said, “if they had found someone less polarizing, LIV could have made more inroads.”

At this point, it seems as if the relationship between two of the biggest stars of each of their eras is beyond repair. The two have gone back and forth with comments on multiple occasions in the past few months and there doesn’t appear to be any desire on either side for a mending of the fences anytime soon.

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Golfers clash on final green at Australian Open over end-of-round tradition

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In a tough final round at the Australian Open, Ashleigh Buhai proved as gritty as when winning the 2022 Women’s Open Championship, coming home a single shot of Korean legend Jiyai Shin.

That story should be the main takeaway from a historic event, at which both the men’s and women’s events ran simultaneously and for equal prize money. However, it was somewhat overshadowed by a spat on the 18th green on Saturday afternoon.

As the pairing of Marina Alex and Julienne Soo finished their 54th hole of the tournament, the two-time LPGA winner appeared unhappy with her playing partner, pointing to the side of the green.

FoxSports.com.au reported that the Epson Tour player “attempted to throw it [her ball] into the crowd – as is tradition during Australian summer of golf tournaments, giving away the balls as souvenirs.”

The news organization then relays an account by Nine Network that, “Alex claimed the ball was left in the bunker while others said it was not in the sand, instead in an adjacent area near the crowd.”

The players refused the traditional end-of-round handshake and embrace, leaving a small, but significantly unpleasant taste.

In an event that contained two cuts for each of the events, Soo failed to make the final-day top-35, whilst Alex finished tied-eighth.

Check out the video of the incident here.

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