It’s good to have goals, and boy does professional golfer Bryson DeChambeau have some whoppers: keep winning tournaments, improve his mammoth-sized swing, reinvent the sport of golf … Oh yeah, and live to be 140. He plans to do the latter by eating 5,000 calories a day.
Bryson DeChambeau’s golf career
First, let’s look at DeChambeau’s short but amazing career. At only 26 years old, reports CBS Sports, he’s a five-year PGA veteran. In only five tour seasons, DeChambeau’s managed to participate in 106 total events with six wins and 25 top-10 appearances. Add to that total lifetime winnings just shy of $18 million and you have the makings of an up-and-coming champion.
The first of his PGA Tour wins came in 2017 when he eked out a single stroke win at the John Deere Classic. His next pro win came at the 2018 Memorial Tournament located in Dublin, Ohio. During the competition, DeChambeau found himself in an improbable, three-way sudden-death situation. He and fellow competitors Kyle Stanley and An Byeong-hun all finished at 15 under par. DeChambeau took the tournament on a birdie at the second hole during the sudden-death round.
Other notable achievements in the rising golf star’s career include being named as a captain’s pick for the 2018 Ryder Cup and ranking fifth in the world after winning the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children Open in 2018. Between the end of the 2019 season and the start of 2020, COVID-19 disrupted everyone’s plans — except DeChambeau’s.
DeChambeau bulks up
DeChambeau was already known for his massive swing before the 2019 offseason. In 2019, he averaged 302.5 yards per drive. But this offseason, he put in work to increase his driver distance. From the minute the season ended, DeChambeau went to work in the gym. He added 20 pounds of muscle to his already six-foot-tall frame.
When COVID-19 delayed the start of the 2020 PGA Tour, DeChambeau hit the gym again, adding an additional 20 pounds of mass for a whopping 40 pounds total. The result? He’s now averaging 321.3 yards per drive and leading the entire PGA. It’s easy to see why when he hits 428-yard bombs like he did at the Travelers Championship, details Golf.com.
What makes DeChambeau so special is the amount of control he has even over his power swings. He’s able to place the ball where he wants it, even on ridiculously long drives. But is the point of all the muscle just to crush the ball, or is there something else to his fitness regime?
DeChambeau is trying to live forever
One thing that’s important to know is DeChambeau is a self-avowed fitness freak. It turns out that the young star might have an alternate agenda to gaining all that muscle. It turns out that his goal is to live forever, according to CBS Sports.
Ok, not forever, but at least 140 years. The way DeChambeau figures, if he takes care of his body now, given medical and technological advances occurring every day, he may have a shot at it. Part of his health routine involves eating over 6,000 calories a day. According to CBS Sports, the practice stemmed from his back injury and the resulting therapy.
Calories were as essential to the process of healing as they were to adding additional muscle. DeChambeau hopes to harness the overall health effects going forward. Is it a reasonable goal? Who knows, but we’re looking forward to watching his golf game evolve for years to come.