‘Slenderized Hulk’ DeChambeau shoots dream 58… LIV first win

Bryson DeChambeau (30-USA) jumped up and down in celebration after his dream 58, which included a 12-meter birdie on the final 18th (par-3). He would not have been able to soar so high in the days when he was known as ‘The Hulk’ for his massive bulking up.

A slimmed-down Hulk, but without much distance, shot a final-round 58 to win the 10th edition of the LIV Golf Championships. DeChambeau shot a 12-under 58 with 13 birdies and one bogey in the third round of the tournament on Sunday at the par-70 Old White at Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, USA.

The birdies just kept coming, including four in a row on holes 4-7 and two on 15-18. If not for a bogey on the eighth (par-3), he would have shot his first 57 on a major tour.

DeChambeau finished with a final total of 23-under-par 187, six shots clear of runner-up Mito Pereira (28-Chile), and earned $4 million in prize money. It was his first win since joining LIV Golf last year. “This is the greatest moment of my golfing life,” Deschambeau said. I’m speechless,” he said, “I’ve been working hard for a long time in anticipation of this special moment. Today is the day,” he said.

The ‘dream 58’ was achieved once on the PGA Tour by Jim Furyk (USA) in the fourth round of the 2016 Travelers Championship.

On the Japan Golf Tour (JGTO), Ryo Ishikawa (28-JP) in 2010 and Sung Hyun Kim (25) in 2021 each shot one. All four, including DeChambeau, shot 12-under par on the par-70 course. Jason Vaughan (50-U.S.) shot 58 on the Canadian Tour, the third-tier PGA Tour, in 2001, Stefan Iger (34-Germany) on the Web.com Tour, the second-tier PGA Tour, in 2016 and Alejandro Del Rey (25-Spain) on the Challenge Tour, the second-tier European Professional Golf Tour, in 2021. In South Korea, Heo Sung-hoon shot 58 in qualifying for the 16th edition of the Korea Professional Golf Association’s (KPGA) second-tier Thrixon Tour last year, but it was not an official event. The lowest 18-hole score in professional golf is 57, shot by David Carey (27-Ireland) in 2019 at the Alps Tour’s Kerbino Open on Europe’s third-tier tour. There have been 11 59s on the PGA Tour.

DeChambeau is the flagbearer of the “bulking up revolution,” in which he gained more than 20 kilograms by drinking protein shakes and hitting 400-yarders. He won the 2020 U.S. Open with his freakishly long drive, sparking the longest drive competition in golf.

After winning eight times on the PGA Tour, DeChambeau 사설토토 hasn’t won since moving to LIV Golf. Plagued by injuries from carrying excessive weight, DeChambeau began cutting back last year and announced his retirement from the long game this year.

For nearly three years, starting in late 2019, when he was dubbed “The Hulk,” DeShambaugh consumed 5,500 calories a day, including six to eight protein shakes, to stay at 110 kilograms. But in 2022, after suffering a wrist injury and respiratory illness, and his performance plummeted, he lost 10 pounds in three weeks. Today, he cuts his food intake to less than 2,900 calories a day, excluding foods he is allergic to, such as corn, wheat, gluten (a type of flour protein), and dairy. He now weighs 95 kilograms. But the weight loss hasn’t affected his swing speed. He can still hit his driver 350 yards and his 7-iron in the low 200s, which is still top-notch long game. His bulking up and working on increasing his club head speed is still paying off. “If I can hit my driver straight and far like I did today and make putts, I can win any day,” DeChambeau said. A healthy DeChambeau eventually turned back the clock on his first win, two years and five months after the PGA Tour’s Arnold Palmer Invitational in March 2021.

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