He understands the skepticism, but Bryson DeChambeau’s trainer swears the bulked-up golfer isn’t using steroids.
DeChambeau has added around 50 pounds in the last year, with nearly half of that coming during the coronavirus pandemic. It has allowed him to add, on average, 20 yards on tee shots. During his three-shot victory at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, the 26-year-old got into a heated exchange with a cameraman over concerns that his aggravated reaction to a bad sand shot would hurt his image.
Longtime rival Brooks Koepka seemingly took a shot at DeChambeau on Twitter, posting a GIF of “Eastbound and Down” character Kenny Powers, with the headline “Kenny Powers confronts steroid allegations.” The GIF shows Powers attacking the camera man.
Greg Roskopf, DeChambeau’s trainer, said the body transformation wasn’t aided by any chemicals. Instead, he said it was years in the making.
“Because we’ve had the foundation, you’re seeing the end result of it happened quick,” Roskopf told ESPN with the PGA Championship — the year’s first major — set to tee off Thursday at Harding Park in San Francisco.
“But the two years of preparation to get him to the point where he could make those changes is really why he’s been able to make those changes as fast as he’s been able to make it.”
Last fall, while he was at 190 pounds, DeChambeau publicly said that he would attempt to transform his body. He certainly has succeeded, utilizing significant weight training and a monstrous daily diet that includes a variety of large meals and protein shakes. He’s currently up to 240 pounds.
“But under normal circumstances, you’d say the only way somebody could make those changes is by taking steroids,” Roskopf said. “And I can guarantee you, that’s not been part of his process and not even a thought in his head. It’s just been part of the evolution of him being involved in this program and being able to tolerate the forces that his body’s been able to tolerate. And those changes in strength have been amazing, but it’s all natural from this end of it.”