As a delayed Masters Tournament approached in November 2020, the golf world was in a tizzy.
The game’s most recent major-winner, Bryson DeChambeau, did not look, or play, like someone who should’ve been contending at the biggest tournaments.
Up to that point, the game’s best players had been those who could hit long, but straight first and foremost, and had a masterful hand on and around the greens.
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DeChambeau placed a premium on distance above all else. And, to the bemusement of the golf establishment, his simplistic approach was actually working.
That year, DeChambeau became the US Open champion despite hitting just 23 fairways out of 56 at Winged Foot.
And it wasn’t close either — he won by six strokes. No US Open winner had hit fewer than 27…