ATLANTA – Bryson DeChambeau has been making a lot of news lately, unrelated to his actual game in the ropes, and exacerbated by a good negative fan behavior directed at him.
Rory McIlroy stood up on Wednesday to defend him, saying, “It’s pretty hard to be Bryson DeChambeau now.”
DeChambeau, the 2020 US Open champion who has changed his body and his game over the past two years but has experienced many problems over the past few months, has decided not to speak to the media in recent weeks.
He was very ridiculed last week when he loses a playoff game with a sudden death of six holes on Patrick Cantlay at the BMW Championship. This week, PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan announced a fan behavior policy that could drive spectators away for reckless behavior – including shouting “Brooksy” at DeChambeau, a clear mockery related to the golfer constant feuds with Brooks Koepka.
‘I certainly feel some sympathy with him because I do not think you should be excluded or criticized because you are different, and I think we all knew from the beginning that Bryson is different and that he will not adapt. by the way people are not wanting him to be, ” said McIlroy, a two-time winner of the tour championship, which begins Thursday at the East Lake Golf Club. “He is his own person. He thinks his own thoughts and everyone has the right to do so.
‘There are definitely things he’s done in the past that have brought some of these things to himself. I am not saying that he is completely blameless. it’s late, and it’s actually very sad to see, because I think deep in my heart he’s a good person and all he wants to do is be the best golfer he can be. And it seems like something different is happening every week.
‘And I do not know if anyone else on Tour spoke to him, but I definitely feel a little bit with him … I think he’s trying to get better and he’s trying to learn from his mistakes and I think everyone should give him a chance give to try it. “
DeChambeau has had a series of problems since he Arnold Palmer Invitation in March for his eighth PGA Tour victory.
An uninterrupted TV interview in which Koepka showed his dislike of DeChambeau during the PGA Championship became furious, which led to the two players climbing towards each other. Fans teased DeChambeau during the Memorial Tournament, where a handful were ejected. He shot 44 over the last nine holes in the U.S. Open after leading. He parted ways with his longtime caddy the day before the Rocket Mortgage Classic. He blames his driver for a poor opening round in The Open.
And then DeChambeau was knocked out of the Olympics due to a positive COVID-19 test. On his return to the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, DeChambeau reveals that he lost nearly 10 pounds with COVID-19 and that he was not vaccinated. He then explained – incorrectly – that those who need the vaccine should get it in front of him.
That week, while on the final day, DeChambeau got into some trouble. And it continued during the FedEx Cup playoffs.
“I heard a few things last week – and I’m not going to say them – that were just inappropriate and they were not right.” Collin Morikawa said. ‘It’s a sad circumstance, because that’s what our game is about. Our game is about respect.
“It’s an interesting topic. I’m sure players have been called a lot of things over the years – different names, different nicknames – but that’s what it is and hopefully it will be taken care of.”
Cantlay, who played the final round with DeChambeau, was also sympathetic, but he said some of those things could happen after the attention players bring to themselves via social media and, more directly, the Tour’s Player Impact Program, which they are rewarded for being active in building their brands.
“I think if you have people who have attention-seeking maneuvers, you might leave yourself open to the wrong type of attention, and I think maybe that’s where we are,” Cantlay said. “And it can be a symptom of too much attention. But it can also be wonderful, because if you succeed and you act perfectly and you always do the perfect things, and then you also go for the If you attract attention, you get double bonus points because everyone loves you and you are on the perfect side.
‘I think it’s a very’ living with the sword, die by the sword ‘agreement. And if you leave it to a jury, you do not know what will happen. So it’s hard to get all 12 people involved. a jury on your side. And if you play professional golf on the stage you play on, and 98% of the people draw for you and there are 10,000 people on the green … I do not know, what leaves it behind, 20 people who do not like you no, even if 98% of people like you? And if those 20 people had enough to drink or feel brave enough to say something because they want to impress the girl they are standing next to, then, yes, like, you’re in trouble. Like people are going to say bad things. “