October 8, 2020 | 2:31pm
Bryson DeChambeau is getting longer — with the length of his drives and the size of his club.
The US Open champion told reporters in Las Vegas he is tinkering with a 48-inch driver that is adding a “staggering” amount of length to his drives.
DeChambeau, whose current driver has a 45 1/2-inch staff, said he is taking the next month off after this week’s Shriners Invitational to tinker with the 48-inch one ahead of The Masters in November.
“If I can get it dialed in and get the mis-hits working correctly, I feel like I can easily put that in play at Augusta,” DeChambeau said.
A coy DeChambeau would not reveal the exact distance he was hitting the ball now after he led the PGA Tour with 322.1 yards off the tee last season.
“I won’t disclose that right now,” he said. “I don’t want to ruffle any feathers.”
DeChambeau, 27, is coming off a dominant performance at Winged Foot. The bulked-up DeChambeau shot 6-under and was the only player to shoot under par at the 7,400-yard course.
Unlike Winged Foot, Augusta does not have menacing rough to protect it and there were already fears that DeChambeau would dominate in the season’s final major.
“If he can do it around here [Winged Foot] … I’m thinking of Augusta and thinking of the way you sort of play there,’’ Rory McIlroy said after the US Open. “It’s brilliant, but I think he’s taken advantage of where the game is at the minute. I’m not saying that’s right or wrong, it’s just the way it is. He’s just taking advantage of what we have right now.”