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Bryson DeChambeau’s WITB for 2023 features some interesting changes

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Former US Open champion and world number one Bryson DeChambeau is now a fully fledged member of LIV Golf, but whilst his style may not have changed, the tools of the trade have recently done so.

The 29-year-old, with a best of eighth place in seven LIV events, and with no victory since the 2021 Arnold Palmer Invitational, still provokes memories of his extraordinary distance:

Like most players, Bryson is a tinkerer, but after his agreement with Cobra ended at the turn of the year, there was more than the usual interest when, three days ago, he posted a video of the clubs in his current ‘whole new’ bag.

Given Bryson’s almost continual search for increased ball- speed and extra distance, the Long Drive World Championship runner-up is always going to attract attention when discussing his sticks, and the video already has close to 200,000 views.

He started the video by saying he is ‘super stoked’ and is looking forward to a ‘new year, new me’, before praising his new ‘Crushers‘ bag – the name of the team he captains for LIV, containing Mayakoba winner Charles Howell III and fourth-placed Paul Casey, who combined for 23 of the 26-under winning score.

During the video, Bryson confirms his irons remain the same length throughout, varying only in loft and weight, and he started working his way from the (usually) shortest clubs in the bag. But there are changes.

 

He still has his 56-degree Artisan wedge but has added a Ping Glide 4.0, with the same loft but a wider bounce, both now covering different turf conditions.

Having removed his 3-wood due to ‘flattening the face’ he says he is working on getting a new one.

Bryson is now playing Ping i230 irons  all the way through 60-degree, 56, 50 and 45-degree, made with a “draw-bias bounce and a closed face.” He is particularly impressed with a “slot” that seems to assist the clubs in going through the rough in much easier fashion and helped for the times he was in the thicker stuff during LIV Mayakoba.

The eight-time PGA Tour said that “Ping have done a really good job with [the length of the clubs]” and goes on to his Ping Crossover 2-iron with 15-degree loft, a “hybrid driving iron” that offers him “piercing bullets.”

He admiits that the question everyone wants to know is, “What driver am I using?” and he tells us that he is now using the TaylorMade Stealth driver, with 8-degree standard loft, although he is working with the manufacturer to produce less spin.

He has retained a Ping LST driver as his back-up, and again is working on a few things, mainly “face stuff.”

Finally, Bryson says he is keeping his LA Golf C2L-180 putter, although he has changed the angle of the grip and added lead tape to change the weight. Happy though he is, he is “working on stuff” with the company’s new carbon shaft, and is excited to see where that goes in the near future.

This is an experimental stage in Bryson DeChambeau’s career, so while he may have been “impressed by my own game, especially how far I hit it,” you get the impression there is more experimentation to come.

This is, after all, the player that carries several rulers marked in 5-inch sections so that he can have a spacial reference to how far to aim it.

The ‘new’ Bryson certainly seems happy with where he is at and is at pains to point out how much new Crushers GC merchandise there will be be but, ultimately, he admits, “I’m just trying stuff out.”

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Man charged with stealing millions of dollars worth of memorabilia from Augusta National

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According to a report from the Chicago Tribune, a man has been charged in Chicago with stealing millions of dollars’ worth of memorabilia from Augusta National.

The man, Robert Globensky, was charged with transporting the memorabilia across state lines.

The report states that between 2009 and 2022, Globensky allegedly transported “millions of dollars’ worth of Masters golf tournament merchandise and historical memorabilia” from Augusta National “and transported to Tampa, Florida, knowing the same had been stolen, converted and taken by fraud.”

The document was filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Per the court records there is no mention that Globensky worked for the golf club.

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Talor Gooch: 54 holes is more exciting for the fans

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Over the past few weeks, two of LIV Golf’s biggest stars, Jon Rahm and Phil Mickelson, have both expressed that they believe LIV could go to 72 holes.

While speaking to BBC Sport, Rahm said he “wouldn’t mind” going to 72 holes.

“If there ever was a way where LIV could go to 72 holes I think it would help all of this argument a lot.”

“The closer I think we can get LIV Golf to some other things the better. I think it would be for some kind of unification to feed into a world tour or something like that.

“I don’t know if I’m alone in this, but I definitely wouldn’t mind going back to 72 holes.”

Phil Mickelson, while speaking after his final round at The Masters, also said he “wouldn’t be surprised” if LIV went to 72 holes.

“I don’t think it makes a difference either way. We’ve got mini-tours playing 54, Champions Tour playing 54. I wouldn’t be surprised if some or all of LIV events went to 72. I don’t know, but it doesn’t matter. I enjoy the competition.”

Another one of LIV’s top players, Talor Gooch, expressed on Wednesday that he feels quite differently.

“It’s just funny to me, this arbitrary number of 72.”

“Why is it not 90? “Why is it not 108? We just decided to make that number the number, for what reason?”

“Everyone’s talked about world ranking points and all this stuff, but no one’s talked about what do the fans enjoy more?”

“People want something that’s going to be more exciting. And I personally think that the 54 holes is more exciting for the fans.”

After Gooch’s comments, I decided to get some fan feedback for myself, making a poll on X. With about 4,500 votes in at the time of writing this, roughly 84% of voters in the poll indicated they’d prefer 72 holes to just 16% saying they’d prefer 54.

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Brandel Chamblee has ‘no doubt’ who started the McIlroy/LIV rumor and why

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Earlier this week, rumors began to fly that Rory McIlroy could be making a shock switch to LIV Golf which caused quite the stir on social media.

However, on Tuesday, McIlroy emphatically shut down those rumors, telling Golf Channel’s Todd Lewis at the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town:

“I honestly don’t know how these things get started. I’ve never been offered a number from LIV and I’ve never contemplated going to LIV. Again I think I’ve made it clear over the past two years that I don’t think it’s something for me.

It’s unfortunate that we have to deal with it and this is the state that our game’s in. I’m obviously here today and I’m playing this PGA Tour event next week and I will play the PGA Tour for the rest of my career.”

Golf Channel analyst and longtime LIV critic, Brandel Chamblee, took to social media before McIlroy’s statement to point the finger at “Saudis/LIV,” who he believes started the rumor:

When one user pushed back on Chamblee’s claim that LIV golfers had a poor showing at the Masters, Brandel went further into why he believes the opening major of the year was a failure for the breakaway tour.

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