Rory McIlroy feels for fellow golfer Bryson DeChambeau, who’s been the topic of a string of dramatic occasions this summer season.
“I would say it’s pretty tough to be Bryson DeChambeau right now,” McIlroy stated Wednesday, whereas on the Tour Championship. “I don’t know if anyone else on Tour has spoken up for him, but I definitely feel for him a little bit.”
Last week on the BMW Championship, DeChambeau endured fixed heckling from spectators, then made headlines following a playoff loss to Patrick Cantlay by getting right into a public altercation with a fan who yelled “Brooksy!” at him.
The nickname references his ongoing feud with longtime foe Brooks Koepka, which was reignited in May when an interview exhibiting Koepka expressing his disdain for DeChambeau leaked on-line.
The PGA Tour stepped in Tuesday to say it might ban followers who taunt DeChambeau with the chants about his rival.
“I certainly feel some sympathy for him because I don’t think that you should be ostracized or criticized for being different, and I think we have all known from the start that Bryson is different and he is not going to conform to the way people want him to be,” McIlroy defined, including that DeChambeau “is his personal individual. He thinks his personal ideas, and everybody has a proper to do this.
“There are certainly things that he has done in the past that have brought some of this stuff on himself. I’m not saying that he’s completely blameless in this. But at the same time, I think he has been getting a pretty rough go of it of late and it’s actually pretty sad to see because he, deep down, I think, is a nice person and all he wants to do is try to be the best golfer he can be. And it just seems like every week something else happens… I think he’s trying to become better and he’s trying to learn from his mistakes, and I think everyone should give him a chance to try to do that.”
Collin Morikawa, a five-time PGA Tour winner, stated he was conscious of the “inappropriate” trolling by followers aimed toward DeChambeau.
“I heard some things last week — and I’m not going to say it — that were just inappropriate, and it wasn’t right,” Morikawa recalled. “So it’s an unfortunate circumstance because this is what our game is. Our game is about respect. … I get it, the world is changing, but that does not mean you can just go out and start saying anything you want.”
Cantlay, who beat DeChambeau in a six-hole sudden-death playoff on the BMW Championship final week, additionally weighed in on the drama.
“I think when you have people that go for attention-seeking maneuvers, you leave yourself potentially open to having the wrong type of attention, and I think maybe that’s where we’re at,” Cantlay stated. “And it could be a symptom of going for an excessive amount of consideration… I believe it’s only a very ‘live by the sword, die by the sword’ sort of deal. And if you depart it to a jury, you don’t know what’s going to occur
DeChambeau hasn’t been talking with media because the saga has unfolded.
His string of headline-making occasions started after he received the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March — his eighth PGA Tour win. That adopted his 2020 U.S. Open win.
There was the leak of Koepka’s interview in May, which the 2 appeared to take pleasure in going tit-for-tat about. Then got here DeChambeau’s premature breakup together with his caddie Tim Tucker earlier than the Rocket Mortgage Classic in early July.
That similar month, issues acquired worse for DeChambeau on the British Open when he placed on a poor efficiency, and blamed his Cobra driver, saying it “sucked.” The remark wasn’t well-received by the foremost golf model, which sponsors him as certainly one of its important ambassadors.
A couple of weeks later, DeChambeau was pressured to again out of the Olympics after testing optimistic for COVID-19, telling reporters afterward that he had no regrets about not getting vaccinated.