Woods, DeChambeau attract attention for different reasons

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Bryson DeChambeau chips towards a green in the practice area during a practice round for the Memorial golf tournament, Wednesday, July 15, 2020, in Dublin, Ohio. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

DUBLIN, Ohio – Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau pounded shots along the front nine of Muirfield Village, a nine-hole practice round Wednesday that no doubt would have attracted a capacity crowd if spectators were allowed at the Memorial.

They are gobbling up most of the attention in golf, for entirely different reasons.

One of them because he’s Woods.

The other because he’s unlike anyone else in the game.

DeChambeau has everyone talking, whether it's his super-sized physique, how hard he swings the driver, how far he is hitting the golf ball or his beliefs — which can sound like boasts — that he's changing the way the game is played.

Even the tournament host is curious.

“Bryson's golf swing is not a fluid golf swing,” Jack Nicklaus said. “Bryson's golf swing is pretty much pretty firm going back and firm coming through with a lot of body rotation. It’s a little different than a lot of guys. And can you believe the power he’s getting from that? I mean, it’s unbelievable.

“I, for one, I want to watch him play a little bit,” Nicklaus added. “I'd like to see what he does and how he’s actually doing that because he’s obviously doing something right. The ball is going a long way. And he’s playing well with it.”