New US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau aims to add 10 more pounds of muscle before the Masters as Rory McIlroy questioned if his bomb-and-gouge blueprint is good for the game.
The barrel-chested American won his first Major title by six shots at Winged Foot after adding 40 pounds of muscle over the last year.
The not-so-Mad Professor used his brawn and brain to overpower and outthink one of the USA’s great courses.
Now DeChambeau, who weighs 230 to 235lbs (16.4-16.7st) “depending on if I’ve eaten steak or not”, wants to get bigger and stronger – and increase his ball speed to above 200mph.
And the 6’1” star is already planning a similar super-sized attack on the revered Augusta National in November.
“Do I want to get bigger for Augusta? Yeah,” said the new world No.5. “I think I can get to 245. It’s going to be a lot of working out. But I still feel like I can get up there if you work hard enough.
“I’m not going to stop. Next week I’m going to be trying a 48-inch driver. We’re going to be messing with some head designs and do some amazing with things with Cobra to make it feasible to hit these drives maybe 360, 370, maybe even farther.
“Length is going to be a big advantage there (Augusta). I know that for a fact.”
DeChambeau used his big biceps to tear apart the conventional US Open game plan of patiently avoiding the rough by repeatedly launching his driver to leave the shortest shot possible into the greens.
He then used to brute force to blast his way out of the four-inch rough. He was the only player to finish under par after a closing 67 despite hitting only 41% of fairways – still better than the field average of 39% – and finished in the top five for greens in regulation.
“I kept telling everybody it’s an advantage to hit it farther,” said the winner of the Rocket Mortgage Classic in July.
“I think I’m definitely changing the way people think about the game. I hope I can inspire some people.”
The uber-confidence of the forme physics major can also annoy – and he can be painfully slow to watch. But he showed rare emotion in thanking his parents Jon and Jan after his win.
“There were times that I went to school without any lunch money,” he recalled.
And you don’t have to like him to appreciate the hard work he has put in to improve himself. He swings like a baseball player but also showed the touch of a Carnegie Hall pianist around the greens in New York – and he has also developed thick skin to ignore the barbed comments about his controversial style.
“There’s always going to be people that say things,” DeChambeau said.
McIlroy actually finished ahead of the new champion in driving distance – 328.1 yards to 325.6. yards – but ended 12 shots back.
“I don’t really know what to say because that’s just the complete opposite of what you think a U.S. Open champion does,” said the world No.4.
“It’s kind of hard to really wrap my head around it.
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“He’s found a way to do it. Whether that’s good or bad for the game, I don’t know. And if he can do it around here, and I’m thinking of Augusta and thinking of the way you sort of play there.
“About the guy, I think it’s brilliant, but I think he’s taken advantage of where the game is at the minute.”
Golf lawmakers banned the belly putter and could now finally act on driving distance with DeChambeau and runner-up Matt Wolff following Bash Brothers Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka in smashing their way to success.
“It’s tough to rein in athleticism,” said the new Major champion. “We’re always going to be trying to get fitter, stronger, more athletic, and Tiger inspired this whole generation to do this, and we’re going to keep going after it. I don’t think it’s going to stop.”