When the pair arrived for the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Club last December DeChambeau was already attracting attention for his more muscular physique while Leishman was displaying a more svelte figure designed to enhance his longevity in the game.

Missing the
cut in his first start back at Colonial last week, Leishman and the rest of the
golf world took note of DeChambeau’s new look and the immense power he
unleashed on his way to a tie for third finish and rise to No.12 in the
Official World Golf Ranking.

Ahead of the
first round of the RBC Heritage tournament at Hilton Head where DeChambeau
opened with a bogey-free 4-under 67, Rory McIlroy didn’t hold back when he told
of his reaction to playing with the American at the Charles Schwab Challenge.

“He hit a
couple drives on Sunday that (caddie) Harry (Diamond) and I just looked at each
other, and were like, ‘Holy s–t, that was unbelievable’.”

The interest
for Leishman is not only the distances he can now bomb off the tee but how
DeChambeau’s body copes with the additional mass over an extended period of
time.

“I’m
certainly watching it. I am interested in it but I’m not going to follow in his
footsteps,” said Leishman, who will return to the PGA TOUR next week at the
Travelers Championship in Connecticut.

“If he does
do what he’s doing and does it successfully – puts on 20-30 pounds of muscle – it
will be interesting to see how he goes on the injury front.

“I don’t
think I’m going to be doing it. I don’t think my body can handle that
injury-wise. Fatigue as well. An extra 30-40 pounds – 15 or 20 kilos – that’s a
lot to carry around when it’s 35 degrees and humid and you’ve still got to move
your body and know where your body is.

“But it is
pretty impressive what he’s done and how far he’s hitting it that’s for sure.”

When he
returned to home shores for the Australian Open late last year Leishman had
trimmed down noticeably, cutting out bread and sugar and limiting his intake of
Leishman Lager as he cut eight kilograms from his 6-foot-2 frame.

Confident
after his win at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines on Australia Day,
Leishman approached the season suspension caused by the coronavirus as a mini
pre-season, limiting his visits to the ‘kegerator’ out back and maintaining a
disciplined approach to his fitness regime.

“I
approached it as an off-season, which I haven’t had since I joined the PGA
Tour,” said the Victorian who was the PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year in 2009.

“I also
didn’t want to let things get out of hand. I’ve been looking after myself fairly
well the past six months or so trying to get into some decent shape and I
didn’t want to throw all of that out the window either.

“I hate
playing golf gym-sore, so I never do. This was a good opportunity to be sore
for a little bit and try and get some gains with my body which I haven’t really
been able to do.

“I was just
happy to maintain weight and maybe gain a little bit of muscle but I didn’t
want to change my body shape too much either because I’ve been playing really
good golf.

“I would not
say I was on Bryson’s level, at all. I don’t think many people were to be
honest.

“If I put on
30 pounds it would be 30 pounds of fat, not muscle.

“I know I’m
not getting any younger. I’m 36 and every injury that I get cuts into my career
and I don’t want that to happen. It’s more for injury prevention that I’m doing
it, not for gains.

“You take
your health for granted a bit when you’re younger and I certainly don’t do that
anymore.”

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