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
Elliott Heath

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered three Open Championships on-site including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats between 3-5. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.

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