Rory McIlroy feels for fellow golfer Bryson DeChambeau, who’s been the topic of a string of dramatic occasions this summer season.
“I might say it’s fairly powerful to be Bryson DeChambeau proper now,” McIlroy mentioned Wednesday, whereas on the Tour Championship. “I don’t know if anybody else on Tour has spoken up for him, however I undoubtedly really feel for him slightly bit.”
Final 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 PGA Tour stepped in Tuesday to say it could ban followers who taunt DeChambeau with the chants about his rival.
“I definitely really feel some sympathy for him as a result of I don’t assume that you have to be ostracized or criticized for being totally different, and I believe now we have all identified from the beginning that Bryson is totally different and he isn’t going to evolve to the best way folks need 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 definitely issues that he has accomplished up to now which have introduced some of these items on himself. I’m not saying that he’s fully innocent on this. However on the identical time, I believe he has been getting a fairly tough go of it of late and it’s really fairly unhappy to see as a result of he, deep down, I believe, is a pleasant individual and all he desires to do is attempt to be the very best golfer he will be. And it simply looks like each week one thing else occurs… I believe he’s attempting to turn into higher and he’s attempting to study from his errors, and I believe everybody ought to give him an opportunity to attempt to do this.”
Collin Morikawa, a five-time PGA Tour winner, mentioned he was conscious of the “inappropriate” trolling by followers geared toward DeChambeau.
“I heard some issues final week — and I’m not going to say it — that have been simply inappropriate, and it wasn’t proper,” Morikawa recalled. “So it’s an unlucky circumstance as a result of that is what our sport is. Our sport 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.”
Cantlay, who beat DeChambeau in a six-hole sudden-death playoff on the BMW Championship final week, additionally weighed in on the drama.
“I believe when you could have folks that go for attention-seeking maneuvers, you permit your self doubtlessly open to having the fallacious kind of consideration, and I believe perhaps that’s the place we’re at,” Cantlay mentioned. “And it could be a symptom of going for an excessive amount of consideration… I believe it’s only a very ‘stay by the sword, die by the sword’ kind of deal. And whenever 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 Might, which the 2 appeared to get pleasure from going tit-for-tat about. Then got here DeChambeau’s premature breakup together with his caddie Tim Tucker earlier than the Rocket Mortgage Basic in early July.
That very same month, issues bought 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 main golf model, which sponsors him as one in every of its major ambassadors.