So far in 2017, Bryson DeChambeau has been struggling on the course. He’s missed three consecutive cuts and was on his way to a fourth MC when he withdrew from the Genesis Open through 28 holes.
DeChambeau, who received a sponsor’s exemption to play in the event, cited a hand injury as the official reason for calling it quits. This is important to mention because while WDs are far from rare on the PGA Tour — DeChambeau was one of six golfers to withdraw from the Genesis Open alone — they’re usually from players who have qualified to play in the event, not those who were given a spot in the field by tournament sponsors.
Anyway, DeChambeau’s decision to walk off the course caused fellow PGA Tour player Grayson Murray to Tweet the following:
Hey @PGATOUR there should be a rule if you get a sponsor invite and withdraw after 28 holes your not allowed any other invites rest of year
— Grayson Murray (@GraysonMurray) February 17, 2017
A classic “subtweet” from Murray. For those who don’t keep up with Twitter, a subtweet is talking about someone behind their back and usually has a negative connotation. He could have avoided his “subtweet” by simply adding DeChambeau’s twitter handle.
In a real world context, Murray essentially walked into PGA Tour headquarters without talking to DeChambeau and told them he believes DeChambeau — and all players receiving sponsor’s invites who WD during an event — should no longer be allowed the privilege of an invite.
Now, we don’t know what has gone on behind closed doors between the two, or if DeChambeau’s WD was really due to a hand injury or simply poor play, but a vicious subtweet nonetheless.
To pile on DeChambeau and his decision, it seems professionals fellow professionals are taking Murray’s side.
(After speaking with Chris Wilson, he would like to make it known that the tweet below was not meant to take Murray’s side, but rather insisting injury is a legitimate reason for a WD.)
DeChambeau is next set to tee it up at The Honda Classic this week unless injuries keep him sidelined. Grayson Murray will also be in the field.
Whose side are you on?