Bryson DeChambeau's fellow PGA pros can't stop smiling as they watch him demolish the sport

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Bryson DeChambeau. Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR via Getty Images
  • Bryson DeChambeau has pushed the limits of golf over the past year.

  • DeChambeau's booming drives have rewritten rules and changed the way courses can be played.

  • While the PGA might try to hold him back, DeChambeau's fellow pros are enamored by what he's done.

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Bryson DeChambeau is changing the sport of golf day by day, and judging by the reactions of his fellow pros on the PGA Tour, they don't seem to mind.

After bulking up in the offseason with the help of seven protein shakes a day and focusing on everything from swing speed to chew rate, DeChambeau entered the 2020 season a new man, capable of blasting the ball off the tee farther than any other player on Tour.

In recent weeks, DeChambeau's dominance has been on clear display. He blasted two monster drives across the water at the Arnold Palmer Invitational en route to winning the tournament.

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A week later, the PGA Tour changed the rules on the fly to prevent him from potentially taking an absurd line on the 18th hole at TPC-Sawgrass.

With such bold change being thrust upon the sport so quickly, one might think that DeChambeau's fellow PGA Tour pros might be a bit pensive about embracing the new era of golf. But going by their reactions to DeChambeau's performance, many of them seem just as enthralled as the fans watching at home.

"I love it," 2013 Masters champion Adam Scott told Insider when asked about Bryson's approach to the game.

"I love seeing guys step outside the box. He's well outside the box of where anyone's been, and what I like is he's not half-assing it. He's gone all way in on what he wants to do, and he's getting results. And to me, that's the most admirable thing about it. He's backing up what he's doing with the results. You can't question it. I love the fact that he's committing 100% to this thing. The length he's going to explore avenues, to get better, and gain an advantage is really commendable."

Scott, who will be giving golf fans an inside look at his week at Augusta National through his new podcast "Fairgame," will be paired with DeChambeau through the first two rounds of the Masters, giving him a front-row seat to the Bryson show.

Scott isn't the only player on Tour enamored with DeChambeau's play. On Monday, while he was preparing for the Masters, PGA veteran and 2000 Masters champion Vijay Singh looked on with a huge grin as DeChambeau blasted drive after drive on the range.

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Even Tiger Woods has nothing but great things to say about Bryson's approach to the game. Ahead of the 2020 Masters last November, Woods praised DeChambeau for his commitment to the craft.

"Bryson has put in the time. He's put in the work," Woods said. "What he's done in the gym has been incredible. And what he's done on the range, and what he's done with his entire team - to optimize that one club and transform his game and the ability to hit the ball as far as he can in as short a span as he has - it's never been done before."

DeChambeau still has mountains left to climb in the world of golf. While he won the U.S. Open by an astounding six strokes last September, he has still yet to contend at the Masters - his best performance as a pro was a T29 finish in 2019, though he did finish T21 as an amateur in 2016.

Last year at Augusta National, DeChambeau's strategy backfired spectacularly, his hopes of overwhelming the course dashed by a difficult first two rounds. This year though, DeChambeau is hoping to change that, with aggressive lines and another year's worth of experience on the notoriously tricky greens at Augusta National.

The Bryson Show is in full effect this week, and all of us, even his fellow PGA Tour pros, will be watching.

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