ATLANTA — Bryson DeChambeau has made a substantial quantity of stories these days, a lot unrelated to his precise play contained in the ropes, and made worse by an excellent little bit of destructive fan habits directed at him.
Rory McIlroy stepped as much as defend him Wednesday, saying, “It is fairly robust to be Bryson DeChambeau proper now.”
DeChambeau, the 2020 U.S. Open champion who has remodeled his physique and his recreation over the previous two years however has been the topic of myriad points over the previous a number of months, has taken to not talking to the media in latest weeks.
He was the topic of loads of taunting final week when he lost a six-hole sudden-death playoff to Patrick Cantlay on the BMW Championship. This week, PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan introduced a fan habits coverage that would see spectators ejected for unruly habits — including shouting “Brooksy” at DeChambeau, an apparent taunt associated to the golfer’s ongoing feud with Brooks Koepka.
“I actually really feel some sympathy for him as a result of I do not suppose that you need to be ostracized or criticized for being totally different, and I believe we now have all recognized from the beginning that Bryson is totally different and he isn’t going to adapt to the best way individuals need him to be,” stated McIlroy, a two-time winner of the Tour Championship, which begins Thursday at East Lake Golf Membership. “He’s his personal particular person. He thinks his personal ideas, and everybody has a proper to try this.
“There are actually issues that he has completed prior to now which have introduced some of these items on himself. I am not saying that he is fully innocent on this. However on the similar time, I believe he has been getting a reasonably tough go of it of late and it is truly fairly unhappy to see as a result of he, deep down, I believe, is a pleasant particular person and all he needs to do is attempt to be one of the best golfer he will be. And it simply looks as if each week one thing else occurs.
“And I do not know if anybody else on tour has spoken up for him, however I undoubtedly really feel for him a bit bit. … I believe he is attempting to turn out to be higher and he is attempting to study from his errors, and I believe everybody ought to give him an opportunity to strive to try this.”
DeChambeau has had a sequence of points since successful the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March for his eighth PGA Tour win.
An unaired TV interview by which Koepka confirmed his disgust for DeChambeau on the PGA Championship went viral, resulting in the 2 gamers sniping at one another. Followers taunted DeChambeau on the Memorial Event, the place a handful have been ejected. He shot 44 over the closing 9 holes on the U.S. Open after main. He cut up together with his longtime caddie the day earlier than the Rocket Mortgage Traditional. He blamed his driver for a poor opening-round efficiency at The Open.
After which DeChambeau was knocked out of the Olympics because of a constructive COVID-19 check. Upon returning on the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, DeChambeau disclosed that he had misplaced almost 10 kilos with COVID-19 and that he was not vaccinated. He then defined — erroneously — that these extra in want of the vaccine must be given it earlier than him.
That week, whereas in rivalry on the ultimate day, DeChambeau acquired an excellent little bit of heckling. And it has continued all through the FedEx Cup playoffs.
“I heard some issues final week — and I am not going to say it — that have been simply inappropriate, and it wasn’t proper,” Collin Morikawa stated. “So it is an unlucky circumstance as a result of that is what our recreation is. Our recreation is about respect. … I get it, the world is altering, however that doesn’t imply you possibly can simply exit and begin saying something you need.
“It is an fascinating subject. I am certain gamers have been known as many issues all through the years — totally different names, totally different nicknames — however it’s what it’s and hopefully it is taken care of.”
Cantlay, who performed the ultimate spherical with DeChambeau, was additionally sympathetic, however he stated some of what’s taking place will be traced to the eye gamers convey on themselves via social media and, extra instantly, the tour’s Participant Impression Program, which rewards them for being energetic in constructing their manufacturers.
“I believe when you could have those who go for attention-seeking maneuvers, you allow your self probably open to having the improper sort of consideration, and I believe perhaps that is the place we’re at,” Cantlay stated. “And it could be a symptom of going for an excessive amount of consideration. However it may be superior, too, as a result of in the event you succeed and also you act excellent on a regular basis and also you do the right issues on a regular basis, and then you definately additionally go for the precise attention-seeking strikes, you get like double bonus factors as a result of everybody loves you and also you’re on the right aspect of it.
“I believe it is only a very ‘dwell by the sword, die by the sword’ sort of deal. And whenever you depart it to a jury, you do not know what is going on to occur. So it is exhausting to get all 12 individuals on a jury in your aspect. And in the event you’re enjoying skilled golf on the stage that you simply’re enjoying on, and 98% of the individuals are pulling for you and there are 10,000 individuals on the inexperienced … I do not know, what does that depart, 20 individuals that do not such as you, even when 98% of the individuals such as you? And if [those people who don’t like you] have had sufficient to drink or really feel emboldened sufficient to say one thing as a result of they need to impress the woman they’re standing subsequent to, then, yeah, like, you are in bother. Like, individuals are going to say unhealthy issues.”