Feeling refreshed after an extended break over New Year, Bryson DeChambeau is hoping for more success in the Middle East this week at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship as he looks to build his reputation as a worldwide player.
Twelve months ago the American clinched the Omega Dubai Desert Classic by seven shots and he’s feeling good about the state of his game as he makes his first competitive start of 2020 before heading to Emirates Golf Club to defend his title next week.
“I’ve taken quite a bit of time off and that was mainly to get healthier for the most part and get stronger – those were my goals,” said the 26-year-old. “I made some comments late last year that I wanted to be a different person coming back, and I feel like I am and I certainly am swinging faster and doing things in a better way I feel like.
“This year is set up to be a great year. Playing in the Middle East a great preparation for the rest of the year. It’s going to tell me what’s going right and what’s going wrong, and I’m going to try to bring my ‘A’ Game to every single event that I play.”
“Now, I won last year in Dubai, but I want to win multiple times, and I also want to grow the game globally so playing globally is definitely on my ‘to-do’ list.” – Bryson DeChambeau
DeChambeau also believes that playing around the world will help cement his legacy among golf fans.
“Another thing high on my priorities is engaging with fans – I want people to know who I truly am. I don’t want people to think who I am and I don’t want anyone else to write my own legacy. I want to control that and let everybody know who I truly am.
“I haven’t set any New Year’s resolutions, I used to, but I don’t anymore. It’s all about progress for me. So I look at every day trying to make it better than the last day.”