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Bryson DeChambeau’s handshake snub: Big deal or not so much?



Bryson DeChambeau looked well on his way to capturing the Porsche European Open, Sunday. Instead, he went 5 over for his final four holes and final-round 6-over 78 and tied for 13th.

DeChambeau’s fall allowed journeyman Richard McEvoy to hoist his first trophy. However, the feel-good story of a long-time pro winning for the first time was unfortunately trumped by something else: an apparent snub from DeChambeau as he exited the 18th green.

Noel Gallagher, presumably not of Oasis fame, tweeted a capture from the telecast.

Now, the camera angle doesn’t show either of the men’s hands. However, you assume DeChambeau–since he went through the trouble of removing his cap–offered some sort of handshake.

It wasn’t a sort many liked, however.

Now, you can see a few of the chapters in the grim saga of DeChambeau’s final few holes in this Golf Channel clip. It also gives a little better look at the shake.

DeChambeau had just holed a putt for double bogey. The tournament was firmly within his grasp and he imploded. For a guy who wears his heart on the sleeve of his Puma golf shirt, it’s entirely understandable that he’d be absolutely boiling walking off the 72nd hole.

That said, few would say a dismissive handshake was appropriate in what we so often call a gentleman’s game.

All that said, what do you think GolfWRX members? Should Bryson be raked over the coals, or are we overreacting?

Update: DeChambeau posted this apology to Instagram

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  1. geohogan

    Sep 5, 2018 at 11:21 pm

    Bryson made himself a target for Eu fans in France.

    Will he take it like a man or ‘fold like a cheap suit’
    it will be an interesting side show.

  2. joro

    Sep 1, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    Just another big deal over nothing so some hack ‘writer” can put something on paper. What a worthless Clown.

  3. Richard Douglas

    Aug 19, 2018 at 9:52 am

    Still looking for the snub. He took off his cap, walked over to him, shook his hand, then exited quickly.

    All of this anguish because Bryson didn’t linger and offer a few words? Time to coin a new term: “Pre-Hater.” Just looking for any excuse….

  4. Sonny McTesty

    Aug 18, 2018 at 1:26 am

    Let it go people. Geezus H Christ, he made one mistake, and will pay for it with a lifetime of social media bashing. Sad society we live in these days.

  5. orangeology

    Aug 14, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    a few words that make a normal WRX day to a bunch of hungry stray dogs barking at an empty pizza box: PXG. DeChambeau. Reed. Tiger.


    • Biily Barue

      Aug 16, 2018 at 10:11 pm

      Dechaputz has a looong history of this behaviour. The fact that this cutrently is an issue is telling.

  6. AT

    Aug 13, 2018 at 2:55 am

    This is making a mountain of a molehill. It’s really sad and simultaneously comical how many people, especially on this site, look for any excuse to bash Bryson. Maybe it’s an age thing. What kind of person do you have to be to actively look for anything he might be at fault for? I’d love to meet all of the infallible saints here when they were 24. Seem that nobody is capable of considering a different point of view.

    He’s different, and is still a better golfer than about 3/4 of the tour. The man is going to have some bumps and bruises along the way as he learns and matures. Those that can’t accept that need to take a look at themselves.

  7. David

    Aug 7, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    not one of these above comments even asks is Bryson ok ? we don’t know what’s going on with him. maybe a family member or a close friend has been diagnosed with cancer. u only need look at Bryson on the driving range at the British Open to know something is not right. it’s ok for ppl to have an opinion but first and foremost is the mental health of those we put so much pressure on. If i had a work mate or friend exhibit such a change in personality i would be the first to ring and ask to meet up and ask is everything ok. maybe everything is ok and it was a bad moment. so lets forgive him for that. if he continues then sure, we can comment. He has brought such a new approach to an ancient game that i for one hope he keeps playing and pushing the boundaries for years to come. i wish him the best.

  8. Hoganben

    Aug 2, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    Me generation or perhaps just people who grew up watching Tiger (love it when Tiger ignores fans)….the supposed apology was really a tweet all about himself and his golf game. It should have started off with the apology and should not really have anything about his game etc. Plus everyone makes an apology after the fact on twitter for public relations reasons mainly so they don’t lose sponsers.Nicklaus loved to beat people, but when he actually did lose he went out of his way to congratulate people.

    Ps…if it was ok to be rude It would have been fine then for McEvoy to point out Bryson choked like a dog.

  9. Jordan Robert Anderson

    Jul 31, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    Greg Norman was man enough to congratulate Nick Faldo after what is probably one of the most painful collapses in sports history. Watch that round in 1996 then try to tell me Bryson has an excuse. The shark may have been known for choking, but I’ll always remember him for sucking it up, being a man, and extending his hand to Faldo.

  10. Jack Nash

    Jul 31, 2018 at 8:55 am

    Childish on Bryson’s part. You’ll have more cave in days in the future. Learn from this one so you’re prepared.


    Jul 30, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    Arrogant. Palmer would never approve.

    • KL Nix

      Jul 30, 2018 at 10:00 pm

      I whole heartedly agree with your sentiment. I understand the feeling of helplessness he must have felt letting it all get away in what can only be described as a train wreck, but you learn more from your losses in this game than you ever do from your wins from my chair. The question is what would Captain Furyk say about it being as he is on the bubble.

  12. D. Eklund

    Jul 30, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    We expect public figures to be perfect 100% of the time and it is not possible. As it is said “we are human.” In watching the last 4 holes it was if Bryson was living a nightmare. i do not play at his his level but in a local tournament I had a back 9 once where nothing went right. I was frustrated beyond belief. My point is when we holed out on 18 I said good round to my playing partner and got the heck out of there. I don’t think DeChambeau was maliciously disrespectful-he looked like he was going to cry on the course. IMO he rectified the situation with a post later. I think people should cut him a break.

    • Geohogan

      Aug 1, 2018 at 2:48 pm

      Perfect would be 18 birdies. Golf is not a game of perfect, as the author wrote.

      Bryson is a self absorbed narcissist. Poster boy for the ugly American? Maybe that spot is taken.

    • christian

      Aug 11, 2018 at 10:56 am

      No we don’t. But we do expect grown up behaviour and not acting like a whiny little kid. That is far FAR from demanding “perfection”.

  13. Caroline

    Jul 30, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    Makes me laugh, single plane swing does not work when you get off plane now does it…nerves just as tough on that kinda of swing, maybe reason Moe Norman could hit a million straight shots on driving range but on course with top pros he folded just like most.

    • Josh

      Jul 30, 2018 at 3:52 pm

      Is your comment mean to highlight the role that nerves play in golf? Or are you trying to discredit the method of swinging on a single plane?

    • Funkaholic

      Jul 30, 2018 at 4:19 pm

      You must be at the top of the leader boards every week then, you obviously have it all figured out.

    • Geohogan

      Aug 1, 2018 at 2:57 pm

      Moe Norman had 33 course records and 55 Canadian tour wins. What else makes you laugh?

      Single plane swing is a marketing ruse by those who tried to exploit
      Moe Norman. “Vertical drop and horizontal tug” is not a one plane swing.

  14. commoner

    Jul 30, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    Anybody of age that recalls “the ugly American?”

  15. PM

    Jul 30, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    I’ll take the minority view here: he handled it quite well. He’s boiling inside (a form of temporary insanity) and decides the prudent thing to do is to leave immediately before he does anything he’ll regret. Then he gives props (publicly) in due course. If anyone reading this has ever busted a club or kicked his bag you know what he was feeling at the moment. Look up McEnroe from the 1970s for a contrast.

  16. Iain

    Jul 30, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    Pretty sure Richard didn’t give a toss at that moment. Still not what you expect from a professional.

  17. TONEY P

    Jul 30, 2018 at 11:38 am

    Nobody likes to lose, but you have to be respectful.

  18. golfraven

    Jul 30, 2018 at 9:26 am

    I am glad the win went to the underdog. Players like DeChambeau take wins for granted and its just a matter of collecting those like stamps. A lot of the young guns (there are exceptions) go off the rails when things go south. Certainly crumbled here – looks like he is not at the right state of mind these days looking at some footage of him lately.

  19. Devlin

    Jul 30, 2018 at 9:11 am

    …well that was not cool!it shows his immaturity level and his arrogance. Suck it up princess, it’s golf and you are playing a sport for a living and making money at it. It’s ok to be upset with yourself that u didn’t have the game at that point to finish off the win. It’s not ok to not acknowledge your opponents win, it hurts , it sucks but learn from it don’t behave like a 6 year old. It’s no wonder the broadcast companies don’t interview him as much.

    • NormW

      Jul 30, 2018 at 1:28 pm

      In case anyone was wondering, his whole performance shows that he does not have Ryder cup mentality. Who would want him as a partner? Love to have him as an opponent.

  20. Gmatt

    Jul 30, 2018 at 8:10 am

    Slicing up to his nickname of “douche chambeau”

  21. Herb

    Jul 30, 2018 at 7:57 am

    I don’t know how it can be a big deal, he didn’t violate the rules of golf. If you mean does it tell you something about DeChambeau, does it make you like or dislike him, then that’s personal. I don’t like it, think it doesn’t speak well of him, but he did apologize. If it doesn’t happen again then my opinion of him will go back up. Is it really any worse than what Dustin Johnson did after he blew the victory at I forget which major by missing a putt on the 18th? He didn’t show up for the awards ceremony. To me that’s a bit worse even and no one even mentioned it.

    • Joe prairie

      Jul 30, 2018 at 8:39 am

      Great point Herb. A lot of folks, especially the golf news hack are jealous of Bryson because he is a bit different and chooses to not follow the beaten path of traditional golf ways.
      It’s no big deal, except in the minds of the armchair wannabe golfers.

    • Garry Pierce

      Jul 30, 2018 at 2:36 pm

      an apology via tweeter is a COWARDS way out. Have some ALLS and apologize in person! That is the proper and a manly way of doing a wrong!

  22. Geoffrey Holland

    Jul 30, 2018 at 7:51 am

    He gave the guy a handshake what more do you want? With pissed off I totally understand his walking off like that.

  23. neil

    Jul 30, 2018 at 4:36 am

    he would have been invited to play along with some nice appearance money.

    so thats easily solved!

  24. PT

    Jul 29, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    Banish him

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Twitter user Legal Hooks: Matt Kuchar disrespected me when I was a 16-year-old caddie



With Matt Kuchar’s character being called into question by many golf fans after the nine-time winner on the PGA Tour justified paying stand-in caddie David Ortiz $5,000 at last year’s Mayakoba Classic, a can of worms appears as if it may be about to spill open.

Going by the username of Legal Hooks, a Twitter user who allegedly caddied within the same group as Matt Kuchar at the 2006 Rheem Classic on the then Nationwide Tour, has claimed that Kuchar treated the then 16-year-old in an unfavorable manner.

In Legal Hooks’ social media thread, he claims that while in the group caddying for Bryce Molder, as the players exited the clubhouse, minus Molder who had made a pit-stop, the players and caddies began to hand out ice cream, which is when his experience turned sour.

Treating this with the requisite grain of salt necessitated in the social mediaverse, here’s the thread.

According to the then caddie, Kuchar “hadn’t a single kind word (to say) to me or act like I even existed” throughout the day. The reaction of Kuchar’s caddie, which involved tapping the youngster on the back and offering him a granola bar, is a sign to Legal Hooks that he wasn’t the first or last to be treated disrespectfully by the former Players champ.

The backlash against Kuchar appears to be gathering pace, with plenty of people on social media voicing their disappointment at the 40-year-old’s handling of the caddie dispute involving David Ortiz. Previous incidents, which made little impact on golf fans, such as the one below, look a lot more cynical all of a sudden and are gaining much more traction than they did when they first surfaced.

As business mogul Warren Buffett once said: “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.” Kuchar may be finding out the truth of that adage the hard way.

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Tweets of the Week: Tony Romo’s sorcery, Brooks Koepka’s slow play solution, and Jordan Spieth’s distressed hands



Phil Mickelson is on the verge of career win number 44, while over at the Vic Open, David Law won his first European Tour title, while Celine Boutier also broke through and claimed her maiden LPGA Tour victory at the same event. In a busy past week, here are some things you may have missed, and some of the quirkier moments from the world of golf dished out in the Twittersphere over the past seven days.

No Stopping Brooks

Koepka is on a roll to begin 2019, and his plan to sort the issue of slow play out, at least in the groups he’s playing with, is indeed a novel one.

Romo’s Brilliance

I’m almost certain that Tony Romo perfectly called how this shot would play out in his head before hitting it too.

Lefty Not Keen On Early Starts

You’d think a three-shot lead with two holes to play would have left Phil Mickelson feeling good as he departed the course due to bad light last night. However, Lefty’s reaction to play being suspended said it all…

…Phil had plenty to smile about on Thursday though. For the first time in over two decades, Mickelson found every fairway in a round. Wet fairways FTW.

Ho sung’s Debut

Golf fans everywhere were excited to see Ho sung Choi’s first appearance on the PGA Tour, and while things didn’t all go to plan for the viral sensation, Choi still entertained the fans with eccentricities like this.

Jordan’s Poor Hand

If you thought being a professional golfer was all fun and games then check out this tweet displaying Jordan Spieth’s battered right hand. Eek.

New Players Trophy

The Players Championship has a new trophy on offer, which is said to incorporate aspects of each of the 38 different winners of the event.



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Exploring Ireland: Where to golf, drink and stay on the Emerald Isle. Pt. 5. Parknasilla Golf Club, Kerry



In these series of articles, I will be taking you around the Emerald Isle providing you with great golf courses to visit in some of the loveliest spots in Ireland. I’ll also be highlighting the best and most authentic Irish bars in these spots, as well as places to stay, eat and how to get there. Whether you’re taking a golfing holiday to Ireland in 2019 or are interested in doing so sometime in the future, I’ll make sure to let you in on the best places to spend your time.

In Part Four of our Exploring Ireland Series, we travelled to Bearna Golf Club in Galway. Now it’s time to move down the west coast and into County Kerry to explore the south coast of the country.

One of Ireland’s most famous tourist destinations, “The Kingdom” as locals call it, is well known for its impressive mountains, lakes, and great food, while it was also a favorite destination of legendary actor Charlie Chaplin. Whether it’s quiet countryside, gourmet feasts or all night sessions that you’re after, Kerry will certainly not disappoint.

Parknasilla Golf Club, Kerry


Picking a 12-hole golf course when there are so many great options for golf breaks in this county (Waterville Golf Links, Kenmore GC, Tralee GC etc.) may seem strange, but with its beauty, location, value, and great mix of holes, Parknasilla GC gets the nod.

The course is located a few minutes from Paknasilla Resort itself (which we’ll get into later) and features a mix of both narrow tree-lined fairways, as well as wider ones. The smart blend at times allows you to open your shoulders, and at others makes it necessary for you to dial back and hit a dead-straight tee shot, knowing full well that if you don’t, you’ll find yourself in the woods. The hilly course will also test your club-selecting skills, while the sloped greens, at least when I was in town, are perfect to putt on.


The course offers incredible views of the Atlantic Ocean and Kerry Mountains, while with its lush green fairways and colorful vegetation, the track provides you with the perfect setting to enjoy your golfing day out.


The 12-hole course features two par-5s and one par-3 and can also be turned into an 18-hole course. While parts of Kerry are known for its hustle and bustle, you’re guaranteed a relaxed vibe around Parknasilla. Twelve holes will cost you around $25, while to play 18 the rate is $30.

Undoubtedly this course is one of the best bang for your book tracks in the area.

Food & Drink – Crowley’s Bar/Parknasilla Resort


There are bundles of bars in Kerry hosting lively music sessions if that’s your scene, and you won’t have to look far to find them. However, I’m taking a different tact for this part of the series.

In the town of Kenmare sits Crowley’s Bar, which is approximately a 25-minute drive from the Parknasilla Resort, and it’s a bar which will provide for a very different and authentic experience.

For starters, when I visited, the pub didn’t even have a till, so don’t bother taking your card out in this joint. You grab your drink and just chuck your money into a box and get on with enjoying your pint. You won’t find any tv’s here, and it truly is a joy to tuck into a pint of Guinness in front of one of the many open fireplaces at this little gem.


No thrills, no food and few tourists, Crowley’s is an old school bar that is all about drink, conversation and friendly locals who will give any visitors from abroad the red carpet treatment. In the evening you’ll also be able to enjoy live music, so don’t think you’ll be missing out on a good traditional music session should you decide to visit this bar.


While Crowley’s doesn’t provide food, Parknasilla Resort sure does, and its Pygmalion restaurant is the place to be after hitting the fairways. The restaurant is located in a large, stunning room within the complex, and offers up an excellent three-course meal including tea or coffee for $45 per person.

Where To Stay


Parknasilla Resort of course. If you’ve seen Yorgos Lanthimos’ film The Lobster, then you’ll know all about the beauty of this hotel and its surroundings. The film starring Colin Farrell was filmed in the resort, and it genuinely is as beautiful in person as it appears on the big screen.


The luxury hotel features an excellent spa, tennis courts, walking trails and more, and will provide you with the perfect spot to explore all that Kerry has to offer. A double room costs in the region of $140 per night.

Besides golf, there’s plenty to do in Kerry. I’d certainly recommend a visit to Killarney National Park which offers some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. Snow-capped mountains and waterfalls are just some of the highlights of the park.


The Dingle peninsula is also a beautiful area that is worth visiting should you ever find yourself in The Kingdom. With bars and restaurants galore, it’s one of the best spots in the county and a boat ride out to see “Funghi the Dolphin” is a great option if you have kids, or are just into dolphins in general!


How To Get There

If driving, then Kerry is around a three-and-a-half-hour drive from Dublin. The closest international airport to the county is Cork airport, which is 90 minutes away. The area’s popularity means that its accessible from pretty much anywhere on the island through public transport.



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