AUGUSTA, GEORGIA | It is difficult to overshadow the Masters, but Bryson DeChambeau’s pre-tournament aura has threatened to do that.
As much as this Masters is about playing in November for the first time, it’s also about DeChambeau’s potential rewriting of the book on how to play Augusta National.
For all that is quiet around this Masters – and it’s difficult to overstate the silence here – the pre-tournament chatter about what DeChambeau could do to this week is at a full Metallica head-banging level.
“It’s a substantially easier golf course for him than it is for everyone else,” Justin Thomas said after playing a Monday practice round with DeChambeau.
That’s coming from the third-ranked player in the world who, despite weighing roughly two-thirds of what DeChambeau weighs, is among the game’s longer hitters. Thomas likes his game and likes his chances given that he’s considered the best iron player not named Tiger Woods.
Still, if it’s possible for a 27-year-old to be wistful, Thomas is.
“I sure would like to be h...
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