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Bryson DeChambeau blasted his way to victory in last month’s US Open. Now, he has blasted back at those who claim that his big-hitting ways are damaging the game.

DeChambeau, 27, brought the fearsome Winged Foot to its knees as he claimed his maiden major in emphatic, uncompromising fashion.

The win vindicated the much-discussed – and much-ridiculed – physical transformation the American has put himself through over the last year or so.

DeChambeau estimates that he has bulked up by as much as 40 pounds – more than two-and-a-half stones – in a bid to become stronger and, in turn, hit the ball further off the tee.

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It’s worked, too.

He topped the PGA Tour’s ‘Driving Distance’ category in the season just ended, averaging 322.1 yards off the tee. The tour average for the 2019/20 campaign was 296.4 yards.

Impressive results – but, according to some, not in the spirit the game was intended to be played.

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Now, DeChambeau has had his say.

Speaking on the latest episode of the GOLF.com ‘Drop Zone’ podcast, the world No.5 addressed accusations that he’s “breaking golf”.

“I mean, look. I’m just using the knowledge, the speed, the power to the greatest advantage that I possibly can, under the rules of the game,” he said. “That’s all I’m doing. And there comes a point in time where, look, you still have to wedge it well.”

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Having broken his major duck, DeChambeau is now determined to add to his haul at next month’s rescheduled Masters Tournament. And yes, he intends to tackle Augusta National in the same way that he attacked Winged Foot.

“Hitting is past 320 [yards] is the goal, every time,” he said. “If I can do that, the golf course is open.”

LISTEN TO THE FULL INTERVIEW WITH DECHAMBEAU HERE.


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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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