"When [Tiger Woods] first turned pro in 1996, he stood 6'1" and weighed only about 150 lbs wet... Within a few years, he had bulked up to the 185 lb frame he has today, along the way winning 14 majors and proving that if you want to be the best golfer in the world, you better hit the weight room after 18 holes instead of the 19th hole bar.
The fact that these guys consider themselves athletes at all is evidence of a seismic shift in the landscape. Ultimately, these young guns took a page out of Tiger's book and literally beat him at his own game, putting as much effort into their core as they do into their chip shots. Though golf may still be considered a leisure sport, the sheer power Rory McIlroy exhibits when driving a ball 350 yards off the tee looks like anything but a walk in the park. (Or, you know, 436 yards.) With the results to prove that fitness leads to wins, this new generation of planking, squatting, deadlifting golfers have finally erased the stigma that golf is just for fat old men."
"In Praise of Swole Golfers," gq.com, Aug. 17, 2015