Bryson DeChambeau has had tough months. First he crossed Brooks Koepka, and the two got into a feud that most believe Koepka will win. Then his longtime caddy Tim Tucker split from him on the eve of a tournament. During the 2021 British Open, he denigrated his driver in a post-lap interview, and his club sponsor clapped back.
Why does one of the top golfers in the world fidget so badly with his public relations? Maybe it’s because he’s around someone who says no or stands up to him. At least that’s what a PGA insider thinks.
The Bryson DeChambeau British Open were a debacle
After several months of PR nightmares, Bryson DeChambeau has finally won a win with The Match. That TV event with Phil Mickelson, Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady allowed the former SMU star to do better than it has in a long time. Though some fellow golfers still took a few mostly-in-good-fun (?) Strokes at him.
This could have been a good sign for the final major of the season, the Open Championship at the Royal St. Georges. The tournament was mostly negative for DeChambeau. The 6-foot-1 native of California shot a final lap of 65 to save a -2 final score and a T33 place, but outside of that, it’s been a tough week.
The biggest kerfuffle of the week came when DeChambeau announced in relation to his Cobra club: “The driver sucks”. After the outbreak, a Cobra representative slammed DeChambeau and said:
Everyone bends over backwards. We have several people in research and development doing this and the CAD (computational design) trying to get this and that into the pipeline faster. (Bryson) knows. It’s just very, very painful when he says such a stupid thing.
The incident is apparently one in a long line of incidents in which DeChambeau says or does something without first consulting wise counselors. That problem is exactly what an ESPN reporter and golf podcast host speculated about leading up to The Open.
What is DeChambeau’s problem?
ESPN Senior Writer Kevin Van Valkenburg joined Fairway Rollin ‘podcast hosts Joe House and Nathan Hubbard prior to The Open to discuss a wide range of PGA topics, including Bryson DeChambeau.
Regarding DeChambeau’s sensitivity to media issues, Van Valkenburg said of the 2020 US Open winner:
Sometimes I want to hug both of Bryson because I think he needs friendships, but also tell him, ‘You advertise some things, you really don’t know a lot of these things,’ and I don’t think you have someone in your life who tells you this because everyone around you is somehow on the payroll or on the payroll
Nathan Hubbard, whose brother Mark Hubbard is a PGA Tour pro, built on Van Valkenburg’s assessment of DeChambeau, “You can see he wants [to be loved]and he keeps trying to duplicate the wrong things. ”Then he asked the ESPN writer the big question:
You introduced this notion – almost like that Trumpish notion – that the guy surrounded himself with Yes Men who propelled him up and made him swing an extra mile an hour around his house, but don’t tell him that Video of this is the wrong thing to post. Do you think there is someone in his orbit who will tell him he is wrong?
Van Valkenburg speculated that there weren’t many people around the golfer other than his former caddy to give him wise advice, and the fact that Tucker was the only person it was led to the duo’s demise.
Is DeChambeau playing this week?
Bryson DeChambeau | Photo by Andrew Redington / Getty Images
After the British Open, the PGA Tour leads to the 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, Minnesota. The field is much less star studded than many tournaments as players tend not to return from the UK after the Open.
Bryson DeChambeau does not play in the 3M Open. There are some big names in the event, however. These include Dustin Johnson, Louis Oosthuizen, Tony Finau and Bubba Watson.
The next big name PGA tournament will be the 2021 World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee, but DeChabeau won’t play there either.
The golfer will play his next competition in Japan as part of the 2020 Olympic Games (2021) in Tokyo. He will compete for Team USA, together with the winners of the British Open 2021, Collin Morikawa, Justin Thomas and Xander Schauffele.
The Spaniard Jon Rahm is the 5-1 gold medal betting favorite, according to CBS Sports, but the Americans are not far behind. Schauffele and Morikawa are 10-1, Thomas 11-1 and DeChambeau 12-1. The Irish Rory McIlroy (11: 1) and Japan’s reigning championship title Hideki Matsuyama (20: 1) also play in Tokyo.
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