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The Masters 2020: Tiger Woods hails Bryson DeChambeau for ‘never been seen before’ transformation


Bryson DeChambeau is the favourite to win in Augusta (Picture: Getty)

Defending Masters Champion Tiger Woods believes Bryson DeChambeau will be the man to beat at Augusta this week following the American’s astonishing transformation over the last 12 months.

Woods, 44, is seeking his sixth green jacket in Georgia but DeChambeau is the favourite going into an unprecedented November Masters.

The 27-year-old has added 40lbs of weight over the last year and that enabled him to hit a 344-yard driving average on the PGA Tour in 2020.

That drive gives the Californian a significant advantage off the tee and he’s even suggested this week that he’s viewing the Masters’ par as closer to 67, rather than 72.

DeChambeau is considering using a 48-inch driver to hit home his advantage and he’s the overwhelming favourite to earn his first green jacket, having won the US Open earlier this year.

DeChambeau has put on nearly three stone in under a year (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Naturally, comparisons have been made with Woods given the way the 15-time Major winner powered his way to his first Masters win in 1997.

While Woods admits club technology has driven the game forward since, the American admits he’s flabbergasted at DeChambeau’s transformation and says the reigning US Open winner is hitting the ball at distances the game has ‘never seen before’.

‘What Bryson has done has been absolutely incredible,’ said Woods.

‘We have all been amazed at what he’s been able to do in such a short span of time

‘Bryson has put in the time, he’s put in the work. What he’s done in the gym has been incredible and what he’s done on the range.

‘What he’s done with his entire team, to be able to optimise that one club and transform his game and hit the ball as far as he has, it’s never been done before.

‘In 1997, I hit it far. As I got bigger and filled out and tried to get stronger, it was not to hit the ball further, it was to be more consistent and to be able to practice longer.

‘Actually I got a little bit bit shorter as I got into my mid and late 20s’.


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