DeChambeau Shoots “Fantastic Round” at PGA Championship

Bryson DeChambeau, 2023 PGA Championship, Oak Hill, (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Bryson DeChambeau, 2023 PGA Championship, Oak Hill, (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images) /

Bryson DeChambeau has been through a lot in recent years. Not that he isn’t getting compensated both before and after the switch to LIV.  But he just posted a 66 at Oak Hill Golf Club in Rochester, NY, to take the first-round lead, so far, in the PGA Championship.

All players will not finish round one until sometime tomorrow morning, and no one knows if another player will equal or better his score.

Bryson DeChambeau is elated.

“It’s a fantastic round of golf at Oak Hill. It’s a prestigious place. Very difficult golf course,” he said immediately after he finished play.

In fact, DeChambeau admitted he didn’t think it would be possible to shoot anything under par from looking at the course earlier in the week.

"“You can’t just run it up every single green. There’s some forced carries,” he pointed out. “It can get pretty nasty pretty quick if you’re not hitting it straight.”"

More than likely his good play is due to the fact that he feels better than he has in a while because he discovered there are foods he can’t eat. They cause inflammation in his body. By eliminating them, he lost weight and started to feel better, he explained.

"“I was allergic to corn, wheat, gluten, dairy. Pretty much everything I liked, I couldn’t eat.”“I’ve lost all this inflammation, lost a lot of fat and slimmed down like crazy.”– Bryson DeChambeau"

Bryson DeChambeau said when he first started a new food plan, he lost 18 pounds in 24 days and it wasn’t water weight. He also said he didn’t lose muscle.

But as far as golf goes, he continued to struggle with hitting inaccurate drives.

“I feel like I’m catching on and trending that direction,” he said about his game. “Figured out a couple things this week, and it certainly paid off today.”

The dietary changes haven’t affected his distance.

He is now able to hit an 8-iron 200 yards. Before, he would hit it 170-175 yards. That means DeChambeau was hitting shorter irons while his competitors might be hitting hybrids.

While his driving has finally come around, he knows it doesn’t mean it will stay forever.

“Golf is a weird animal. You can never fully have it, like Arnie said,” DeChambeau added.

"“You always think you have it one day, and then it just leaves the next.”"

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Bryson said he’s had plenty of success in golf, but also plenty of failure.

That’s just what the game is like.

“You’ve got to be able to jump over that failure to get that success,” he concluded.

In round one at the PGA at least, Bryson DeChambeau has certainly found success.