The Bryson DeChambeau sideshow is starting to really hurt Bryson DeChambeau the golfer.
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SANDWICH, England (CBSNewYork) — Bryson DeChambeau went to the first tee on Friday and did his hardest to show off his witty side. He took out a 4-iron, not the wicked, bad-guy driver that had made international news the day before, and played to the crowd while being booed.
The more the hecklers around the first tee heckled him, the more he egged them on, eventually converting the jeers into applause before coming up short of the fairway with his 4-iron.
Bryson is very popular in golf galleries, to say the least.
Spectators adore it when he pulls out the driver and blasts it into the sky for all eternity. He loves putting on a show. DeChambeau interacts with them as well, and that connection goes a long way. Before coming to the driver and hearing clapping, he would frequently purposefully take out an iron to elicit a hostile response.
DeChambeau may have a bad rap on social media, but he’s an intriguing guy who does things in an unusual way that has boosted golf’s popularity, such as his workout routine, diet regimen, single-length-shaft irons, and even his continuing rivalry with Brooks Koepka.
He can’t seem to get out of his own way these days, however.
Koepka hasn’t helped him at all, taunting and inflaming their feud, most recently on Friday when he posted a picture of himself “driving towards the weekend!”
Getting ready for the weekend! pic.twitter.com/poSQG0mrvC
July 16, 2021 — Brooks Koepka (@BKoepka)
Bryson seems to be unconcerned by any of it. But his breakup with his caddy on the eve of the Rocket Mortgage Classic two weeks ago, followed by his bizarre tirade about his driver and how it “sucks” after the first round of The Open, generated needless drama and indicated that it’s time for a reset.
Despite the showmanship, DeChambeau’s 2021 has been a very routine one when it comes to the bottom line: winning. The sideshow has taken precedence over the main event.
Yes, he won the Arnold Palmer Invitational, which piqued everyone’s interest in attempting to drive a par-5 at Bay Hill while competing against veteran Lee Westwood. A week later, he had a chance to win at the Players, but he hit a shot into the sea on the front nine.
With nine holes to play at Torrey Pines, he was in position to defend his US Open crown. Then he shot 44 over the last nine holes, tying for 26th place. He put it down to poor luck.
At the Rocket Mortgage, which he won in overwhelming manner in 2020 but missed the cut this time, all the talk surrounding his caddy, Tim Tucker, appeared to get the better of him.
Following apparently resolving the caddy problem, DeChambeau declared himself in excellent shape, only to lash out at his equipment manufacturer, Cobra Golf, after a first-round 71.
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“The driver stinks,” he replied somewhat unprompted in response to a question that was almost begging him to say yes; his 71 was really pretty excellent given where he hit it.
The golf world suddenly collapsed. As tremendous as DeChambeau’s frustrations were, so were those of Ben Schomin, the Tour agent for Cobra, who pushed back in an interview with Golfweek, essentially telling the 27-year-old, eight-time PGA Tour champion that he needed to grow up.
“I wasn’t driving very great on Thursday, and it unfortunately got the better of me,” DeChambeau said late Friday after making the 36-hole cut on the number after playing the last five holes in 2 under par, including two excellent two-putt pars on the final two holes.
According to the R&A, DeChambeau refused to talk to the general media and different outlets after his round, indicating that he may have preferred to move on from a player who is well out of contention. But, to his credit, DeChambeau did pull over for a group of familiar reporters, apologize, explain his anger, and say he wanted to move on from it all.
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The major issue is whether he’ll be able to do it.
During the second round, DeChambeau confessed to being preoccupied. His desire to combine his physical talents with the finest technology is complex, but it shouldn’t detract from the reality that he swings a club at a ball and does so extremely effectively. He’s far from alone in his dissatisfaction with the results of his tee strokes.
However, as DeChambeau was informed, he could have navigated his way around Royal St. George’s without colliding with so many motorists. He accomplished it on Friday, using the club just six times and hitting 10 of 14 fairways, six more than the day before.
Although the outcome was just one stroke better, the amount of tension avoided may have been much more valuable.
“I began playing the game as a child in order to win competitions and become one of the greatest players in the world,” he said. “Of course, not being famous would be preferable, but fame comes with the territory. And there are three or four things going on right now that everyone on the golf course is talking about.
“It is what it is,” says the narrator. I’m 27 years old. I’m a human being. I make blunders. I’ll keep creating them, and I’ll keep learning from them.”
DeChambeau may have learnt his lesson. He won’t add a major to his 2020 U.S. Open victory this year, and he didn’t come close in any of the four majors in 2021.
There are, however, other things to compete for, such as a World Golf Championship tournament in a few weeks, the Olympics, and the FedEx Cup playoffs.
And then there’s the Ryder Cup. It’ll be a long week in Wisconsin if DeChambeau doesn’t get his act together by late September.
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