Bryson Dechambeau tees it up this weekend at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open @ TPC Summerlin.
The big brute is an $8 favourite.
A year ago, Dechambeau finished T4 in his title defense at this very tournament and afterwards he told everyone that he would come back next year with some big body changes that would allow him to hit the ball a little further.
Well he certainly did that.
Perhaps no one believed him at the time, but you have to admire his hard work and how he is changing the game.
Is it a change for the good? Perhaps only time will tell. But if nothing else, it is bloody entertaining.
Put simply, Bryson Dechambeau is box office viewing. He's like Nick Kyrgios to tennis. He might not always be the most popular, but he is terrific to watch.
I'm sure I don't need to remind you, Bryson's last start was a 6-stroke win at the US Open. He was ranked #1 in driving distance in 2020, but for all the fanfare and perhaps some controversy about how he's hitting the ball off the tee, his average driving distance was only 2 yards more than Cameron Champ.
So yes, he is winning because of his distance, but the guy can also putt as well.
In 2020, Bryson ranked 8th in One Putt Percentage & 10th in Strokes Gained Putting.
This week, Dechambeau was endangering property and people's lives at the practice facility, later joking that Happy Gilmore has inspired him to hit the ball as far as he possibly can.
He's also suggested that this week he might be able to attack the Par 4's from the tee, that shit is just fun to watch!
Further, he's said to be putting, chipping and hitting his wedges well. If that's the case, does anyone else stand a chance?
You wonder what he is going to do at The Masters next month? Perhaps the slight nuances of Augusta will provide a tougher challenge than everyone thinks.
I must admit, I haven't always been a Bryson fan, but I am happy to announce I am officially converted!
As I said, he's box office. He makes me want to get up early and watch 5 hours of golf, not that I needed much more convincing to do that!
The Shriners Hospitals for Children Open has bought together a strong field - names like Morikawa, Simpson, Fowler, Wolff and last week's winner, Sergio Garcia - but will they get anywhere near Bryson?
Hard work pays off kids, $8 to win this week looks a good bet.