101 things that happened to Bryson DeChambeau in 2020
With all due respect to the rest of our annual Newsmakers list, no one made more headlines in 2020 than Bryson DeChambeau. From important happenings on the course to the mundane off of it, golf’s biggest lightning rod constantly kept fans talking. To that end, we’ve put together a list of 101 things that happened to Bryson this year. That’s right, one HUNDRED and one things. So grab a protein shake (or three) and let’s get to it.
1. Started his playing year with a missed cut on the European Tour.
2. Put on a lot of weight before COVID-19 paused the season.
3. Put on a lot more weight while COVID-19 paused the season.
4. Played a lot of Fornite.
5. Won a Fortnite charity tournament.
6. Did a “Challenge for Charity” hitting balls into his backyard net.
7. Said he “loves” the European Tour cracking down on slow play.
8. Was given a warning for slow play on the European Tour two weeks later.
9. And then bogeyed his last four holes to blow a chance to win on European Tour in Dubai.
10. Took this funny photo with Brooks Koepka in Abu Dhabi.
11. Said he had better abs than Brooks Koepka.
12. Showed off those abs with an aggressive shirtless pic.
13. Got daggered by Brooks’ “four-pack” response.
14. Drove the green on TPC Summerlin’s 382-yard par-4 seventh hole in the first round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
15. Drove the green on TPC Summerlin’s 382-yard par-4 seventh hole in the second round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
16. Averaged 322.1 yards off the tee to lead the PGA Tour in 2019-’20.
17. Averaged 1.039 strokes gained off the tee to lead the PGA Tour.
18. Became the first to win a PGA Tour event while averaging 350 yards per drive.
19. Carried a golf ball 400 yards in a practice session.
20. Had to move back because the Harbour Town driving range couldn’t contain him.
21. Bogeyed the 71st hole to lose the WGC-Mexico Championship by one.
22. Bogeyed the 71st hole to lose the Charles Schwab Challenge by one.
23. Had a career-best streak of seven consecutive top 10s on the PGA Tour.
24. Went up two shirt sizes.
25. Wore a golf shirt with math equations on it.
26. Signed with DraftKings to become the first golfer to wear logo of a sports-betting company on a golf cap.
27. Made a college-style signing day video ad for Bridgestone.
28. Gave away signed pairs of shoes to healthcare workers during quarantine.
29. Was featured in Men’s Health.
30. Was on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
31. Snapped his driver at the PGA Championship by leaning on it.
32. Replaced his driver and still contended at the PGA Championship.
33. Drained a 95-foot putt at the PGA Championship.
34. Climbed as high as No. 5 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
35. Revealed his go-to victory drink is chocolate milk.
36. Revealed he wishes he were taller. (Maybe he should have drank more milk as a kid.)
37. Made a 10 at the Memorial.
38. Said he got a “garbage ruling” while making that 10 at the Memorial.
39. Tried to get a free drop due to fire ants in Memphis.
40. Got made fun of by Brooks Koepka for trying to get a free drop due to fire ants in Memphis.
41. Was called “the most interesting man in golf” by the Washington Post.
42. Was called “a jerk” by the Times Union.
43. Was called a “unit” by Justin Thomas.
44. Was said to be “making a mockery of the game” by Matthew Fitzpatrick.
45. Impressed Rory McIlroy with his length off the tee.
46. Impressed Phil Mickelson with his BOMBS off the tee.
47. Impressed Jon Rahm with his length off the tee.
48. Also confused Jon Rahm with his length off the tee.
49. Hit a 428-yard drive that rolled on a cart path for more than 90 seconds.
50. Made bogey on the hole he hit that 428-yard drive.
51. Practiced his putting while someone held a towel up.
52. Explained that the towel was so he could see the laser training aid on his putter. Obviously.
53. Reportedly thought about becoming a father in order to improve his golf game.
54. Tried to improve his putting by using a wooden box.
55. Improved his putting to finish 10th on the PGA Tour in strokes gained/putting so maybe he’s actually onto something with that wooden box …
56. Got asked by Chris Pratt to be his partner in THE NEXT MATCH.
57. Told Chris Pratt he’d “be down to partner.”
58. Told someone at The Northern Trust that “sound travels.”
59. Released an epic 15-minute quarantine video.
60. Revealed his crazy indoor putting setup.
61. Revealed one of the craziest diets in golf history.
62. Continued to play practice rounds with Tiger Woods.
63. Was praised by Tiger Woods.
64. Praised professional long drivers and used them as inspiration.
65. Became pals with World Long Drive champ Kyle Berkshire and was reminded in person he’s in a different league when it comes to length.
66. Took ribbings from fellow tour pros well.
67. Apologized to a long-deceased Donald Ross for destroying his golf course.
68. Triggered a mini controversy on Golf Twitter by posing with a dog named Trigger.
69. Showed his support for AMERICA.
70. Showed his support for women’s golf.
71. Really showed his support for women’s golf by loaning his caddie to Lexi Thompson for the U.S. Women’s Open.
72. Wound up in a pairing with one of his loudest critics, Eddie Pepperell.
73. Wound up getting along with Eddie Pepperell.
74. Wound up winning Eddie Pepperell over with his approach. (Sort of.)
75. Said playing in the Masters as an amateur was “the greatest week of my life.”
76. Congratulated a high school kid for tying his hometown course record.
77. Congratulated Dustin Johnson for winning the Masters.
78. Paid tribute to Kobe Bryant.
79. Pulled off a nifty trick shot on the range in Memphis.
80. Pulled off this ridiculous line off the tee at Bay Hill.
81. Said he drinks about six to seven protein shakes per day.
82. Said he’s having stomach problems and he doesn’t know why.
83. Compared himself to “the house” by trying to gain any edge he can on the competition.
84. Said he wanted to live until he’s 130 or 140.
85. Got mocked by Justin Thomas for saying he wants to live to 130 or 140.
86. Asked a cameraman “You get enough pictures back there?” at the Shriners.
87. Got testy with another cameraman at the Rocket Mortgage Classic.
88. Won the Rocket Mortgage Classic.
89. Watched “Happy Gilmore” and said it “re-inspired me to try to hit it as far as possible.”
90. Revealed plans to use a 48-inch driver at the Masters.
91. Showed off 200-mph ball speed on Augusta National range with 48-inch driver.
92. Decided not to use that 48-inch driver at the Masters.
93. Was made an 8-to-1 favorite heading into the Masters.
94. Made a wild double bogey on Augusta National’s 13th hole in the first round.
95. Made an even wilder triple bogey on Augusta National’s third hole in the second round after losing a tee shot in the rough thanks to there being no patrons.
96. Said he felt “sick, dizzy and numb” during the opening rounds at the Masters.
97. Probably felt sicker when he got beat by a 63-year-old in the final round.
98. Said Augusta National is “a par 67 for me.”
99. Proceeded to not come close to breaking “par” at the Masters.
100. Compared himself to Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein.
101. Won the U.S. Open.
Congrats, Bryson. But good luck topping all that in 2021.