Royal & Ancient CEO (R&A) Martin Slumbers was taken aback, however showed his disapproval towards Bryson DeChambeau’s practicing distance kicking at the PGA Tour.
“I was hypnotized by Bryson. I’m not sure I can remember any athletes who could impressively change their body shapes as quickly as Bryson. Bryson is a special case. Despite the fact that he was not the one who gain more muscles to competing in different golf rounds, he is extraordinary in his physical strength and ability to control the ball with the new body shape.”, the top executive of R&A told Sportsmail on 13/7. R&A and the American Golf Association (USGA) together manage and develop the world of golf.
After a long break due to Covid-19, DeChambeau re-appeared just at the same time PGA Tour reopened on June 11. This golfer underwent great fitness training to gain muscles and 10 kg, which turned his weight into 108 kg with a height of 1.85 meters. Thanks to this body size, he can reach now the ball which speeds up to 305 km per hour and often hits the 350-yard milestone when using the driver sticks.
With an average distance of 323 yards, DeChambeau is now the CEO of the PGA Tour in terms of ball-kicking which brought back positive results. During the five closed events since the opening, DeChambeau attended four and finished in the top 8, became the champion of Rocket Mortgage Classic on July 5th. He didn’t attend the Workday Charity Open last week.
However Slumbers did not approve of the way that DeChambeau has kicked the ball recently. “I still believe that golf is a sport requiring special skills. And we need to balance it with technology in this subject,” the CEO of R&A said.