Bryson DeChambeau Credits COVID-19 Weight Loss For Improved Accuracy

Bryson DeChambeau WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational at TPC Southwind
Bryson DeChambeau jogs to the No. 7 tee box during the third round of the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, Aug 7, 2021 at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tenn. (Photo by Matthew Maxey / Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Bryson DeChambeau hits the ball a ton. He leads the PGA Tour in driving distance with 320.88 yards off the tee. Generally long bombers aren’t your best golfers on tour as they’re also very wild.

For instance, some of the names among the top-15 ranked drivers of the ball include the likes of Wyndham Clark, Will Gordon, Luke List, Ryan Brehm, Brandon Hagy, and Joseph Bramlet – none qualified for the WGC Memphis event.

On the season, DeChambeau’s accuracy off the tee is only 53% which ranks 191st on tour, and is the worst among any player ranked inside the FedExCup’s Top 60.

This week, though, the 27-year old is still hitting it long, averaging 328 yards (eight yards better than his tour-leading season average) yet he’s hitting 69.1% of his fairways, a huge improvement.

Asked about his 10-pound drop from COVID, DeChambeau credited the loss of weight for his improved accuracy off the tee this week – although he doesn’t know why.

“Not much, just a little lower ball speed,” said DeChambeau, when asked how the weight loss has impacted his game. “But I’ll get that back real quickly.

“It’s honestly kind of helped me this week hit it in the fairway. I don’t know why.”

Through 54 holes, DeChambeau was tied for second-place alongside Cameron Smith, and just two shots of the lead of Harris English, who he’ll be paired with in Sunday’s final tee time.


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