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What Bryson DeChambeau Is Doing in Practice Rounds at Augusta National Should Terrify the Rest of the Field at The Masters

For the first time since packing on 40-50 pounds of muscle, which has obviously helped his distance a little bit, Bryson DeChambeau is set to tee it up at The Masters. And the rest of the field at Augusta National could be in serious trouble. At least that’s what Sandy Lyle is indicating. The 1988 Masters champ played a practice round at Augusta with DeChambeau last week and revealed the irons that the reigning U.S. Open champ hit into the greens and it’s absolutely mind-blowing.

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The 2020 edition of The Masters marks the fourth appearance for Bryson DeChambeau at Augusta National. He earned low-amateur honors in 2016, shooting 72-72-77-72 to finish at 5-over, good for a tie for 21st, and turned pro immediately following the tournament.

DeChambeau failed to qualify for The Masters in 2017 but returned to Augusta National in 2018 and tied for 38th, shooting 3-over for the week to finish 18 shots back of winner Patrick Reed. In 2019, he shot his best overall score, finishing at 4-under for the week, nine shots back of Tiger Woods, and finished tied for 29th.

He comes into the 2020 Masters as the favorite

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Bryson DeChambeau comes into this unprecedented edition of The Masters as the favorite. Originally set for its normal slot on the golf calendar in April, the tournament was moved to November due to COVID-19. Augusta National always plays long but it’s expected to play even longer to the cooler air. And what kind of player would that benefit? Hmmm, maybe the type of guy that’s been murdering golf balls since the golf season resumed back in June.

Since the PGA Tour resumed play, Bryson DeChambeau has carded two wins, including his first-ever major championship victory at the U.S. Open, and an additional five finishes of eighth or better. He’s the betting favorite in essentially every sportsbook you can find and there are many that think that he could set a new Masters scoring record. And given what Sandy Lyle had to say about his practice round, those people might just be right.

Sandy Lyle revealed the irons Bryson DeChambeau hit into the greens at Augusta National during a practice round

Bryson DeChambeau
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On a recent edition of Sirius XM’s Inside the Ropes, co-host Carl Paulson said that he’d spoken with 1988 Masters champion Sandy Lyle about the practice round Lyle and Bryson DeChambeau played at Augusta National last week. Lyle revealed some of the irons that DeChambeau was hitting into the greens, which were shared by Yahoo Sports, and it’s just sick.

On No. 1, a 445-yard par-4, Bryson DeChambeau hit a sand wedge into the green. At the 575-yard, par-5 second hole, his second shot was an 8-iron. At the 350-yard, par-4 third, DeChambeau flew the green off the tee…with a 3-wood. On No. 8, a 570-yard par-5, he hit 7-iron for his second. At the ninth, he hit a sand wedge into the 460-yard par-4.

On the 495-yard, par-4 10th, statistically the toughest hole at Augusta National, Bryson DeChambeau hit a pitching wedge into the green. At the 505-yard, par-4 11th, he hit a 9-iron. On No. 13, a 510-yard par-5, he hit 3-wood off the tee and 7-iron into the green. Two holes later, at the 530-yard, par-5 15th, DeChambeau hit a driver and a 9-iron. At the 440-yard, par-4 17th, he hit a sand wedge into the green.

Want a little more? Golf.com reported that during a practice round on Monday with Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas, and Fred Couples, Bryson DeChambeau was hitting even easier shots into the 13th and was again hitting a short iron into the 465-yard, par-4 18th.

Yeah, this could get ugly in a hurry. Yes, Bryson DeChambeau will still have to make putts to win The Masters, which could be a bit of an issue as Augusta National doesn’t allow the green-reading books that he loves so much. But when you’re hitting short irons all the time, you’re bound to have some shorter putts. If DeChambeau has his wedge game working at all, this could end up being historic for more reasons than the fact that it’s being played in November.