2 Biggest Takeaways from round 1 of the Charles Schwab Challenge

PGA TOUR GOLF IS BACK!

Thursday began the return of PGA Tour golf, and we love to see it. We still have 3 more rounds of golf to watch this weekend, so I will keep this brief. If you aren’t already watching, you need to be!

The Charles Schwab Challenge can be viewed on the CBS or GOLF networks.

There is one thing we HAVE to talk about. Bryson DeChambeau. Buddy came out of COVID-19 looking like an absolute unit. DeChambeau bulked up gaining 20 pounds!

(left) Bryson DeChambeau at 2019 Masters, (right) Bryson DeChambeau at 2020 Charles Schwab Challenge

There is some debate as to whether being lean or bulky is better or worse for a golf swing, and DeChambeau just shattered that conversation. He went from have the 47th longest drive on average to being #1. His average drive last year did not break 300 yards. His current average in 2020 is 321.3 yards. Directly behind DeChambeau on this list is Rory McIlroy, who is ranked as the #1 golfer in the world currently.

DeChambeau ended round 1 of the challenge with a score of -5. I will say I am kicking myself choosing Patrick Reed over him in the NBC Sports Predictor app. Good stuff, Bryson. I like this guy.

Harold Varner III

This guy was unreal in his first round of the tournament. Ranked #124 in the world, who would have expected him to come out and tie for the lead after round 1? Not me.

Jun 11, 2020; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; Harold Varner III lines up his putt on the 14th green during the first round of the Charles Schwab Challenge golf tournament at Colonial Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Raymond Carlin III-USA TODAY Sports

The photo above of HV3 on the green is all we saw Thursday! Seriously… He hit all 18 greens in regulation. He didn’t even realize that himself. In a post-round interview, he said, “I think I heard I hit all of them.” Super humble guy. His entire post-round interview was actually very cool in my opinion as he was questioned about if the political unrest drove him to play better, and he said he was just there to play golf. Varner, as an African American golfer, has used his platform to address racial injustice, but it was great to hear him be real with us on camera.

Harold Varner III is a name we will see at the top all weekend long. Keep an eye on this guy. He finished round 1 at -7 tied with Justin Rose, who also played super well, but that is not as surprising.

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday’s rounds will be a blast to watch. Like I said, if you weren’t watching already, get on it. If you haven’t ever watched golf, start this weekend. I am really hoping to hear more “F-bomb” drops from Koepka. Happy golfing!

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