Bryson DeChambeau's physical transformation into one of the PGA Tour's most imposing golfers did not happen overnight. Although it appears that's exactly what happened. DeChambeau's coach, in a recent interview with ESPN, said DeCheambeu, who has gained about 20 pounds in the past year, has been building the foundation for his development for several years, culminating in a precipitous and noticeable change in recent months.
"Because we had the foundation, you see the end result came quickly," said Greg Roskopf, the coach who oversaw his progress. "But the two years of preparation that got him to the point where he was able to make those changes is really why he was able to make those changes as quickly as he was able to."
DeChambeau was not blamed for steroid use - although Brooks Koepka joked him about it - but his rapid mass gain raised questions about how his body transformed so quickly.
How can a professional golfer gain 20 kilos of muscle in one year?
This is unheard of in almost any circumstance.
"But under normal circumstances, it seems like the only way to make those changes is to take steroids," his coach told ESPN. "And I can guarantee you that it hasn't been part of his process and hasn't even been an idea in his head. It's just been part of the evolution of his involvement in this program and his ability to tolerate the forces that his body has been able to handle. And those strength changes have been amazing, but it's all natural on that side."
DeChambeau, 26, now weighs 110 Kilos and leads the PGA Tour in drive distance with an average of 324.4 yards. That's a big increase from his 302.5-yard average in 2019 and 305.7 in 2018.
It's the result of hard work and good strategy that DeCheambeu - who gained 20 of his new 50 pounds during the lock-in period - is transforming before our eyes into a new kind of golfer with tremendous physical strength. He recently told GQ that he consumes three protein meals a day in addition to six or seven protein shakes, which adds up to 5,000 calories a day if you count eggs, bacon, sausage and other foods in the diet.
If his retirement plan is going as well as his training program, he is in great shape.
"I mean my goal is to live to be 130 or 140," he told GQ, "I really think that's possible now with today's technology."
DeChambeau has not won a major championship in his young career but opened the 2020 PGA Championship with 13-1 odds.