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Bryson DeChambeau stuns fans with yet another surprising body transformation



The golf world has come to know Bryson DeChambeau as a bulked up, big-hitting power golfer, but that wasn’t always the case. During the 2018-2019 season, DeChambeau was the 34th longest hitter on the PGA Tour. Bryson was not unsuccessful to that point in his career. He had multiple PGA Tour victories prior to 2019, winning both the John Deere Classic and Memorial Tournament.

After that season, he decided to add 50 pounds to his frame in order to chase distance and ball speed. It worked. DeCheambeau quickly became the longest hitter on Tour, averaging 323.7 yards off the tee during the 2020-2021 season, which led the PGA Tour. In 2020, he was able to use his distance advantage to decimate the field at the U.S. Open at Winged Foot, which is one of the toughest golf courses in the world.

However, adding 50 pounds wasn’t without its drawbacks. While appearing on “The 5 Clubs Podcast” last year, Bryson shared that there were plenty of negative side effects from the weight gain.

“I had such huge mood swings from it,” he said, noting his face had thinned out and all the inflammation is gone from his system. “I look like I’m 20 again, not 35.”

“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,” he said on the 5 Clubs podcast. “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.”

His performance on the golf course also began to suffer. DeChambeau has been largely ineffective on LIV, and his last professional win came in March of 2021 at The Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Over the past year, Bryson has made an effort to get back into healthy shape. Prior to the season, he said he’d lost 20 pounds and in a recent Instagram post, it appears he’s lost even more than that.


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Bryson played a bit better at LIV Golf Singapore, finishing T19.

It will be interesting to see if going towards a healthier body type will help revive the mercurial star’s career.

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  5. geohogan

    May 2, 2023 at 11:56 am

    There is only one way to bulk up by 40 pounds in 3-4 months.
    yes there side effects. Check your balls.

  6. Glen

    May 2, 2023 at 9:10 am

    Bryson had 5 PGA tour wins before 2019 – not 2. And only 3 after he “bulked” up. Also, had one DP world tour win in Jan 2019 before he bulked up. So 6 wins before he bulked up and only 3 after.

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‘It was devastating’ – Keegan Bradley reveals the call he got that made him believe he was on Ryder Cup team



This week, Keegan Bradley was a guest on the Foreplay Podcast. The 37-year-old was one of the players who seemingly narrowly missed a spot on the Ryder Cup team, and shared a heart wrenching story of how it all went down.

Apparently, Zach Johnson texted all of the players in consideration for a Captain’s pick that they’d be getting a call the following day about whether or not they’ve made the team.

When the next day arrived, Keegan got a call from Netflix, who said “Keegan, we got a camera crew five minutes from your house.”

At that moment, Bradley let himself believe that meant he was going to be heading to Rome for the Ryder Cup.

“Why would they be sending a camera crew if I’m not to get picked? For the first time, I let my brain think I did it.”

He then said he knew immediately by the tone of Zach’s voice that he wasn’t going to be picked.

“It was devastating.”

You can catch the full episode here.

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Brooks Koepka explains why he understood the case for and against picking Dustin Johnson for the Ryder Cup



Brooks Koepka is the lone LIV golfer in next week’s Ryder Cup. This will be the 33-year-old’s fourth Ryder Cup, and second in Europe. In his three prior Ryder Cups, Koepka is 6-5-1 overall, including 2-0-1 in singles matches.

Koepka was extremely close to being an automatic qualifier but slipped out of the final spot during the FedEx Cup playoffs.

The five-time major champion spoke about his Ryder Cup preparation prior to this week’s LIV Chicago event, in which he will be taking a flight to Rome directly after.

“My whole mindset has been to practice for (the Ryder Cup) the last few weeks. I mean, look, I think it’s one of the top six, seven biggest sporting events you can have. It’s a little bit more eyeballs, a little bit more pressure.”

When asked if he “plays for legacy” now after all he’s accomplished, Koepka said “I think everybody remembers their record”.

“I think everybody remembers their record, or that’s kind of what you’re known by, wins, losses. Poulter has pretty much made a career on that. Yeah, I think you can.”

While speaking with Sports Illustrated this week, Brooks was asked about the fact that Dustin Johnson, who went 5-0 at Whistling Straits in 2021, was not chosen as a captains pick this time around.

“I get the case for DJ. He played great the last time, played great last year. Hasn’t really played that great this year … or hasn’t played to DJ’s standard. That’s a better way to put that. And he didn’t play well in the majors. So I can see why he didn’t get a pick. But if they had picked him, it’s DJ and I could see that one as well.”

Although there will be no other LIV players in Rome, Koepka said he’s not worried about who he plays with and can “play with anybody”.

“I can play with anybody, and I will play with anybody.”

It will be interesting to see who Koepka is paired with next week at Marco Simone.

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Free agent Matt Fitzpatrick explains why he can’t play golf clubs made by these two manufacturers



The 2022 U.S. Open Champion, Matt Fitzpatrick, is currently an equipment free agent. He recently sat down with GolfMagic to discuss why he isn’t tied down with a manufacturer and what his outlook is going forward.

“I struggle with TaylorMade and Callaway clubs because of the way their woods and hybrids are designed. The soles aren’t very good for me so my interaction with the turf is terrible with those. Until that changes, I’d never be able to get on with them. PING and Titleist have always been a little bit better for me.”

With TaylorMade and Callaway off the table, Fitzpatrick is currently using Titleist TSi3 and is also experimenting with a Titleist TSR3.

According to the photos captured by GolfMagic, Fitz is still using his Bettinardi BB1 Fitz, but also has a different Bettinardi prototype he’s experimenting with in Rome.

With tight fairways at Marco Simone, the Englishman will be hoping that whichever driver he chooses keeps him in the fairway at next week’s Ryder Cup.

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