Is Bryson DeChambeau Now The Longest Hitter In Pro Golf?

The five-time PGA Tour winner averaged over 345 yards off the tee during the opening round of the Charles Schwab Challenge

Bryson DeChambeau Now The Longest Hitter
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The five-time PGA Tour winner averaged over 345 yards off the tee during the opening round of the Charles Schwab Challenge

Is Bryson DeChambeau Now The Longest Hitter In Pro Golf?

Bryson DeChambeau caught headlines during round one of the Charles Schwab Challenge for his new bulked-up frame.

The Golfing Scientist says he has gained 20lbs over the Coronavirus break and it has resulted in huge hitting distances.

DeChambeau posted one clip on social media during the break of him hitting drives of over 200mph ball speed.

"I've upped about 20 pounds," he said after his opening round 65 at the Charles Schwab Challenge.

"It doesn't mean I'm going to hit it farther, but I've done a lot of speed training to attain these new ball speeds.

"When I was out here I was attaining ball speeds of 193, 195 on certain holes, and quite honestly I can't use it out here.

"There's only a couple holes I can use it, No. 11 and No. 1 and No. 2 really."

Justin Rose, who is considered a fairly long hitter, said he was around 40 yards behind DeChambeau.

"I saw a massive difference," he said.

"One, in his physique for sure. I mean, he's huge. I played with Dustin Johnson -- I'm not small, but at 6'3" and 190 I kind of felt pretty small out on the golf course today.

"I hit a good drive down 1. I think No. 1 today is probably the best measure. I hit a good tee shot.

"I'm probably like low 170s ball speed, 71, 72, 73 possibly, but when I hit it well, I've got good spin and good launch and I carry it 300, and I probably got it out there 320 down No. 1 today, and I was 40 behind Bryson.

"It's a pretty significant difference for sure. Like DJ was kind of in between me and Bryson really."

He currently leads the tour's driving distance category with an average of 321 yards, but he averaged over 345 yards on Thursday at Colonial.

The five-time PGA Tour winner also hit 64% of fairways, resulting in 89% of greens in regulation.

To put that in perspective, Rory McIlroy's average was 305, Brooks Koepka's was 320, Dustin Johnson's was 303, Cameron Champ averaged 325 and Matt Wolff averaged 336 yards.

Compare that to modest-hitter Matt Fitzpatrick, who averaged 285 yards off the tee, and DeChambeau was consistently playing from 60 yards further up the fairway.

Related: Social media goes wild for bulked-up Bryson DeChambeau

The Golfing Scientist might well now be the longest hitter in professional golf.

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Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news team as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as five Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays off of a six handicap. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

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Hybrids: Titleist 816 H1

Irons: Mizuno MP5 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

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