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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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Report: Rory McIlroy’s divorce petition from wife Erica voluntarily dismissed

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After reports emerged last month that Rory McIlroy and his wife, Erica, were in the process of a divorce, it appears that the couple has mended fences.

According to The Guardian, the divorce petition that Rory filed in court last month has been voluntarily dismissed.

McIlroy told The Guardian, “There have been rumours about my personal life recently, which is unfortunate. Responding to each rumour is a fool’s game.”

“Over the past weeks, Erica and I have realised that our best future was as a family together. Thankfully, we have resolved our differences and look forward to a new beginning.”

McIlroy now seems fully focused on capturing his elusive 5th major championship this week at Pinehurst No. 2.

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LIV Golf star says he deserves to be in U.S. Open as he is ‘one of the best players in the world right now’

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Last week, Mexican Carlos Ortiz emerged victorious at LIV Houston. The win was his second in Houston as a professional, as he won the Vivint Houston Open on the PGA Tour back in 2020.

After his brilliant performance, Ortiz said he believes he should be playing in this week’s U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2, despite missing out on qualifying.

“I’ve been playing great. It’s a shame I doubled the last hole to miss the qualifier. It hurt a lot.”

The 33-year-old then referred to himself as “one of the best players in the world right now”.

“I think with time, we’re going to get back into the Majors because I know that I’m one of the best players in the world right now, and I deserve to be there. But the way things are happening right now, it’s kind of hard.”

Ortiz came agonizingly close to qualifying in Dallas last week but made double bogey on his last hole to fall out of the potential spot.

Carlos will tee it up next at LIV Nashville in two weeks.

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Jon Rahm in race against time for U.S. Open after worrying update following toe injury

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LIV Golf star Jon Rahm was forced to withdraw from the second round of LIV Houston last week due to a toe injury.

The injury appeared to be painful for the Spaniard, who apparently had a cut which turned to an infection between his toes.

After he was visibly in pain on Friday during the round, Rahm attempted to play on Saturday and made it six holes prior to withdrawing.

According to “Ten Golf”, Rahm was not on the grounds of Pinehurst No. 2 for the U.S. Open on Monday and is not expected to arrive Tuesday either.

Rahm has struggled in the majors this season. He finished T45 at the Masters and missed the cut at the PGA Championship.

It’s still unclear whether or not he will attempt to play in the U.S. Open.

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