DeChambeau blames overwork for Masters meltdown
Reigning US Open champ Bryson DeChambeau believes far too much brain training and ‘crazy overworking’ was behind his dizzying health problems during last November’s Masters.
DeChambeau, 27, had the Augusta National green jacket members on tenterhooks ahead of last November’s rescheduled Masters with fears that golf’s ‘Hulk Hogan’ would run amuck amongst the Georgia ‘Cathedral in the Pines’ following his crushing triumph at Winged Foot.
Bryson DeChambeau (Credit: PGA Tour)
However, DeChambeau ended his four days in Georgia as an afterthought finishing well down the leaderboard in a share of 34th place.
The current World No. 7 had complained of feeling unwell and dizzy during Friday’s shock score of 74 and was so worried he went for a COVID-19 test that proved negative.
“I’ve got to fix whatever is going on up here,” DeChambeau said at the time.
“I have no idea what’s wrong. Just dizziness. It’s only when I go from down to up, so I can’t even think and talk right now.”
Speaking at a press conference ahead of his appearance in the Saudi International from February 4th-7th, DeChambeau said: “I went to multiple doctors trying to figure out what this was.”
“I got a couple of MRIs, went to an inner-ear doctor, had eye tests, ear tests, even did ultrasounds on my heart and my neck to see blood flow and everything came back really, really well.”
“The one thing I will tell you is that I’ve done a lot of brain training and the frontal lobe of my brain was working really, really hard and that’s what kind of gave me some weird symptoms; like crazy overworking.”
“So, as I started to relax my brain a little bit and get into a more comfortable situation and got into a really good sleep routine, a lot of the symptoms went away.”
“They come back once in a while, but as I do a lot of breathing it goes away and that’s what I’m focussed on trying to do.”
DeChambeau’s decision to “bulk up” to gain extra distance continues to make headlines and he reached an incredible ball speed of 211mph on the range during the recent Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.
But he insists his main motivation is to overtake Masters champion Dustin Johnson and become world number one.
“Absolutely, that’s always been my goal,” he said. “I’ve always tried to find a distinct advantage in my life to be a better golfer.”
“With the one-length irons, hitting it further, all these different thoughts, I’m always trying to be the best version of myself and be the best player in the world.”
For a player with so much to say, DeChambeau refused to be drawn on the PGA of America’s decision to strip Trump Bedminster of the 2022 US PGA Championship after supporters of the US President staged a riot at the US Capitol last week.
“ I’m not going to comment on it. This is a very tough time in this world right now and I won’t make a comment on any relationships that I have on that.”
DeChambeau is right to be coy. Up until the Sentry Tournament of Champions, the 27-year-old’s bag included a Trump logo and he famously celebrated his US Open win at Trump National Golf Club Westchester, where he now has a suite named after him alongside Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Bobby Jones.
“It’s unfortunate. It is what it is and I understand it [the PGA’s decision]. At the end of the day whatever their moves are, they are,” said DeChambeau, who also helped cut the ribbon at the opening of a new clubhouse at Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point in New York in 2018.
“I’m just going to play on a golf course and try to do my best to win a golf tournament, no matter where it is.”