BRYSON DeCHAMBEAU smashed Tiger Woods’ 15-year-old long drive record as he won his first tournament since his amazing body transformation.
The monster-hitting American packed on 3st of muscle after pumping iron and gorging on 3,500 calories a day.
DeChambeau, 26, has brought courses to their knees with his outrageous hitting since golf resumed after the coronvirus-enforced break.
And the man nicknamed ‘the professor’ proved there is a method to his madness by bombing his way to victory in the Rocket Mortgage Classic last night – earning over £1million in the process.
DeChambeau is a brilliant putter too but it’s his length with the driver that is setting him apart.
And he proved it by obliterating Woods’ record for the longest average driving distance by a winner.
When Woods won The Open at St Andrews in 2005, he averaged 341.5 yards off the tee.
But DeChambeau averaged 350.6 yards during his PGA Tour win at Detroit Golf Club.
Longest drives of the week for @B_DeChambeau:
344 yards pic.twitter.com/0tWgS0WrUP
Throughout the week, he hit 47 drives of 300 yards or more – the most of any winner on tour in the past 15 years.
It even led to one of his fellow professionals begging the Tour not to make courses longer just to accommodate for DeChambeau.
Former BMW PGA Championship winner Byeong Hun An tweeted: “Dear
@PGATOUR, @b_dechambeau ’s distance has nothing to do with other fellow pros. So please do not set the course longer. Sincerely, Ben.”
Dechambeau said after his three-shot triumph: “It’s exciting to win having a whole different body.
“I’m going as hard as I can to get as big and as strong as I can.”
DeChambeau also has the third-longest drive so far this year on Tour.
He smashed one 428 yards at the Travelers Championship last month – the longest of his career.
But the biggest so far this season belongs to Justin Thomas, who hit a 449-yard drive at the WGC-Mexico.
Although that course is 7,500ft above sea level so the ball naturally travels further through the thin air.