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Bryson DeChambeau apologizes after footage of him damaging the practice green at WGC-Mexico surfaces

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Bryson DeChambeau has issued an apology after damaging the practice green following the opening day’s play at the WGC-Mexico. DeChambeau failed to record a single birdie on day one of the tournament, and eagle-eyed viewers spotted his most recent meltdown during Sky Sports UK’s broadcast.

In a statement prior to today’s second round in Mexico, DeChambeau stated

“I want to apologize to my fans, fellow players and the staff at Chapultepec for my actions following the round yesterday. I am an extremely passionate player and I am always working on ways to be better. I am certainly not perfect but I respect the grounds staff and the game of golf and am focused on working harder on this just like I do on my golf game.”

The source of irritation for the five-time winner on the PGA Tour looks to have been from his performance on the greens themselves. DeChambeau finished 71st in the 72 man event for strokes gained-putting for Thursday’s round, losing 3.6 strokes to the field with the flat-stick.

The incident follows DeChambeau’s outburst last week at the Genesis Open where he slammed his wedge into a bunker.

 

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Gianni is a freelance writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Diploma in Sports Journalism. He can be contacted at gmagliocco@outlook.com. Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. john

    Mar 1, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    Everything I see and read about this guy tells me he’s a dick. The game seems to be full of them right now.

  2. Tom

    Feb 25, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    DeShamebozo like, “its just Mexico, who cares?”

  3. Just_said_it

    Feb 25, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    For all you pencil pro’s out there. These guys are in the spotlight 24/7, who cares if they show a little emotion on the course. He is not spoiled, he is not a brat, he is human and he cares about being successful, and he immediately fixed the damage. This is no different than a baseball player that smacks his bat into the turf after striking out, stop criticizing people because some joke of a magazine, no one outside of the UK has heard off, tried to be relevant for 30 seconds by posting this on social media. 99% of the jokers on here have never experienced pressure or pukes all over themselves when they are faced with a 2 footer to clinch a $5 nasa.

    @Josh smalls, thank you bringing some prospective
    @Geoff, @Rory O Donnell @youraway and @Rich, go get your participation trophies, because you don’t care about passion for success!

    My 2 cents!

  4. Jamie

    Feb 24, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    Self-centered knowitall only sorry that he got caught.

  5. JP

    Feb 24, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    Where are the people crying that Bryson “owes” the underprivileged Mexican grounds staff 10% of his earnings?!?

  6. Dave

    Feb 24, 2019 at 8:48 am

    as a former professional (in another sport) I get the intensity and drive to perfection; to be the best. But with comes a responsibility because as a pro you are in the limelight and under intense scrutinization on a constant basis. Many younger pros, while athletically talented, just aren’t mature enough to realize their actions are under a microscope. Its time Bryson grows up (as well as some other golf pros). When he does and channels his emotions into his game, he will be hard to beat. His talent is there, he just needs to find another way to release his emotions..The greens and bunkers are not the way.

  7. geohogan

    Feb 23, 2019 at 11:22 pm

    There was the incident in France and now we see his narcissistic behavior is a pattern.

    Self centered, self absorbed, may qualify for POTUS but should be suspended from PGA.

  8. Josh smalls

    Feb 23, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    It’s funny watching people get mad. It’s also funny when fans justify bad actions by the amount of money someone has made.

    Bryson is a good golfer… but who cares? Its golf lol. Golf… lol.

    Oh, and telling people how smart you are shows how dumb you actually are. Somebody has some issues!

    • Jojo dontknow

      Feb 24, 2019 at 3:33 pm

      Saying how smart you are or good you are at a thing typically displays a need for approval or insecurity about that thing. Some of the most beautiful people in the world are horribly insecure about their looks. Some of the people who are the absolute best few people in the world at what they do are insecure about their skill level, and that applies to all fields, sports, language, mathematics, etc. There is little to no truth to what you are saying.

  9. AAA

    Feb 23, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    Is that an apology? It reads I, I and I. You just don’t do that, period. I have heard that pga players get fined for saying the f-word. This is a lot worse.

  10. Rich Douglas

    Feb 23, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    There’s a certain amount of built-in animus towards BDC; a lot of people are looking for an excuse not to like him. I’m sure it’s because he’s smart and they’re not. So given that, it’s important for him not to give anyone any excuse. Unfortunately, he seems to have an anger management issue that needs to be addressed. I hope he does because his innovations–and winning–are great for the game. But not when he acts like this.

  11. A

    Feb 23, 2019 at 9:43 am

    Look, I get that he’s a pedantic child, a nerd, a geek, playing golf in a scientific way, but acting out like this isn’t going to endear him to any fans in any way. He must have a really crap team of people around him who have no idea how to help him with his poor behavior, regardless of how good a player he is. He needs to quickly assemble a better team of people around him to help him thru his career on Tour, if he plans on surviving the attack from media and fans everywhere

  12. Chris Wirthwein

    Feb 23, 2019 at 7:58 am

    If you ask me, this all started in the 2nd round of the 2005 U.S. Open at Pinehurst when T. Woods angrily gouged the putting surface after missing a short putt on the 9th green. N.Y. Post reporter Mark Canizarro described it as “a clear gash more than a foot long in the surface.”

    I recall watching it live on TV and presumed at the time he would be DQ’d. It was replayed once, then never again. Does anyone know where video footage can be found? My guess is that’s it’s been permanently destroyed. See link for the story in NY Post: https://nypost.com/2005/06/18/tigers-claws-come-out/

    It was also reported in the Chicago Tribune, but appears few other “journalists” were willing to cross the unspoken line of non-criticism of Woods.

    Hey Gianni, how about tracking down some photo and video evidence? You’d be doing something for the good of the game. What DeChambeau did on a practice green in the blah, blah, blah Open pales in comparison to the behavior of Woods in our national championship.

  13. Rich

    Feb 23, 2019 at 4:07 am

    This guy is a peanut, just like Sergio. One of these days, he’ll wake up and realise there will NEVER be a time that he will be able to work everything out and account for everything that goes wrong on the golf course. You can never beat the game of golf. It will always beat you. Sometimes it let’s you have some good days but in the end, it will always win. The sooner these peanuts learn to accept this, the better.

    • Johnny Penso

      Feb 23, 2019 at 2:43 pm

      Several wins on tour and many millions of dollars say he’s on the right track…for him. May not work for you or anyone else.

  14. Riiiiite

    Feb 23, 2019 at 2:54 am

    Oy vey.
    Now people are gonna be up his are every time he tees it up, and rightly so.

  15. Rory O Donnell

    Feb 23, 2019 at 2:54 am

    This behaviour should be stamped out immediately, by bans if necessary. My main concern is that we’ll see this replicated at our local course by young brats (who happen to be good players)

  16. Richard

    Feb 23, 2019 at 1:46 am

    Phew, glad it was an American and not a Spaniard doing this. Saved a lot of vitriol.

  17. Theo

    Feb 22, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    I’d like to see how the damage caused by his tantrum compares to the average divot from an approach shot. Definitely not a good move, but it appears that he immediately fixed the green.

    I’ve seen videos of grown men jumping golf carts over sand traps and I’ve seen pictures of the president parking a golf cart on a green. Nobody cared. Nobody holds themselves to the same standard that they expect from these professionals. This guy is a 25 year old with a more mature disposition than most of the doctors you’ll meet at Mayo Clinic. Yes he had a fit, but if my kid ends up anything like Bryson I’ll be thrilled.

    I don’t know the purpose of this comment. Maybe look at your own behavior before judging someone else.

  18. Phil D. Snuts

    Feb 22, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    This hasn’t affected my life in any way, shape, or form.

    …………In other news………….

    • Fritznw

      Feb 24, 2019 at 7:18 pm

      It must, you took time to post…something?!

  19. youraway

    Feb 22, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    Last week a bunker and this week a green. Spoiled and no respect for those who labor to make the greens in their best condition. Fight the rain, fight the weather changes, diseases, etc, and now have to contend with golfers who can’t control their emotions and damage the course. Step aside Sergio, you have competition.

  20. Geoff

    Feb 22, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    How on earth does this guy not get any kind of reprimand for his infantile fits that are causing damage to the courses? Beyond me…

    • Sherwin

      Feb 23, 2019 at 12:21 am

      It was the practice green not the course. And he fixed the damage right away.

      • Geoff

        Feb 23, 2019 at 2:09 pm

        And the week before? When he takes a chunk out of the side of a bunker? Those are only the last 2 weeks and the only ones caught on camera…my guess is that these are not isolated incidents limited to just these last couple weeks.

      • Mums

        Feb 24, 2019 at 8:50 pm

        +1. It was a butthole move, but he fixed it asap. Let it go.

  21. Ray Neese

    Feb 22, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    Any player damaging the course in fit of anger should face immediate 90 day suspension. I love golf and disappointed in the behavior of guys playing the best courses and getting catered to all the time. New shoes, clubs, clothes, balls, food, vehicles and the list goes on. Not just damaging course but integrity of the game of GOLF. Majority of these guys MILLIONAIRES. Maybe let them work on maintenance crew and perspective would change. Apologies mean nothing other than damage control for their image. PGA Tour is losing control of small amount of rich crybabies.

    • Simms

      Feb 22, 2019 at 5:49 pm

      There is a cure for these rich crybabies…force PGA tour to pay every single person working at the tournaments…every marshal, every gate keeper, every parking lot attendant etc. Then you would see players winning MAYBE $200,000 at most and the last place cut maker maybe $3,000…

  22. C-murda

    Feb 22, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    What an ass, this kid needs some golf zen. Your emotions affect your play and being on tour you’d think they should hold a higher standard of etiquette.

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Morning 9: Women’s PGA | Fox: best golf coverage in the biz? | Michelle Wieturns

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By Ben Alberstadt (ben.alberstadt@golfwrx.com)

June 19, 2019

Good Wednesday morning, golf fans.
1. Henderson, Thompson sizzling heading into Women’s PGA
Golf Channel’s Randall Mell…”Brooke Henderson and Lexi Thompson couldn’t get hotter at a better time.”
  • “With three major championships over the next seven weeks, they’ll be looking to make the most of their winning form. They each have a chance this week to reach No. 1 in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings for the first time.”
  • “Henderson won the Meijer Classic last week, Thompson the ShopRite Classic two weeks ago.”
  • “Ladbrokes makes Henderson the co-favorite to win the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship with Jeongeun Lee6 at 11/1 odds, with Thompson at 12/1 odds.”
2. Wieturning again
Ron Sirak for LPGA.com…
“But perhaps the most difficult digits to digest are those detailing the impact of the injuries that have disrupted Wie’s career. Without the constant interruptions, her five career wins with one major championship would almost certainly be more. Now, she tries once again to get back into action.”
  • “I’m feeling hopeful,” Wie said Tuesday at Hazeltine National where, on Thursday, she will tee it up for just her ninth tournament round of the year. “It’s still a process. It’s been hard sitting out during the middle of the season. There’s really nothing worse. But I had to take the time to get myself back to where I want to be.”
  • “There is almost no a part of Wie that has not been damaged, beginning with an injury to her left wrist when she fell while jogging in 2007. Since then, she’s had issues with a finger, knee, hip and the other wrist. At times, it almost appears as if her body is held together by multi-colored physiotape.”

Full piece.

3. Arrival of the Wolff
Sean Martin at PGATour.com…”This week’s Travelers Championship is Matthew Wolff’s first tournament as a professional. It may be the most anticipated pro debut in a decade. The consensus collegiate player of the year combines charisma with a swing that is identifiable from a few fairways over.
  • “He wins. He’s unique. His swing is different, so it catches everybody’s eye,” said Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee. “And then there’s the incredible speed.
  • “When you see somebody with speed … it gets your attention.”
4. Fox the best?
An interesting take from Sean Zak at Golf.com…
  • “In its five years as the USGA rights-holder, Fox has added something new every year, which, for a sport whose visuals seem to never change, is refreshing and important. One year it was the mic’d up holes, even shadows on the greens to display slopes. Some of it sticks from year to year, some of it doesn’t, but Fox is trying new things and adding new context.”
  • “This year the novelty was epic, highlighted by delicious drone shots along the coast. Blimp shots are great and were more relevant this week than most, but the drones that floated up over Carmel Bay, gliding along with the players, providing the perfect scale of the property – those were new and beautiful. A good broadcast shows viewers everything they must see to better understand a course, but also makes them a bit jealous of everyone there on the grounds.”
5. JT pain free
A few quotes from Thomas…”I have zero pain. I can do everything normally.”
“I could have played Colonial – easily – but it would have been stupid and [my wrist] could have been lingering the entire year,” he said. “This injury should never be an issue again in my life, as long as I do the proper things and don’t do anything stupid. That’s why I waited as long as I did.”
6. Not a fan
The Herald’s (Scotland) Nick Rodger…
  • “As everyday life hurtles along at a furious rate of knots, the golf season too is hammering on. Three men’s majors have already been played and in just four weeks’ time the curtain will come down on the quartet of grand slam events at the Open Championship. It’s rather like uploading a Youtube video onto your laptop and quickly spooling through to the best bits.”
  • “It’s all happening a bit too quickly for my liking,” gasped Colin Montgomerie as the dust settled on last weekend’s US Open even though there’s still probably dust lingering from the previous majors of the US PGA Championship and the Masters.”
7. Jin Young Ko dreaming of Brooks?
Golfweek’s Beth Ann Nichols…“On a day when LPGA stars filed in and out of the press room at the KPMG Women’s PGA, Ko delivered the line of the day. When asked what it is that she likes about Koepka and how he inspires her play, Ko said: “I met him in my dream, and then we had really great time.”
  • “…He always (has) like a poker face and then like stone.”
  • Ko, 23, put her arms out wide and said, “I like big guy.”
8. What Gary was aiming for
Our Gianni Magliocco…“U.S. Open Champion Gary Woodland made an appearance at SiriusXM’s Manhattan studios on Tuesday, where he sat down to discuss a multitude of topics with Adam Schein on his Mad Dog Sports Radio program – Schein on Sports.”
  • “Woodland also discussed beating Tiger Woods’ total of 12-under-par from the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. The 35-year-old first mentioned how he recognized that Woods won that tournament by 15 strokes, before adding how he was aware of beating his 72-hole total, saying…”
  • “I knew it, but I was trying to two-putt. I wasn’t trying to make that putt. Once it got halfway there and it went in I obviously let the emotion out. My caddie came over to tell me congrats and I said, ‘You know that clipped Tiger by one?’ And he said, ‘No I didn’t.’ He was focused on the wrong stuff, he was focused on winning, I was focused on beating that record.”
9. A Phireside chat
How to introduce Phil Mickelson’s first Phireside with Phil video…? Mickelson tells a story of an early morning restart at the Memorial some years back and a, um, crappy situation.
My question: This is a clear violation of the rules of tournament play. Is there a provision for situations that make the hole/toilet unusable after restart and necessitate cutting a new cup?

 

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TaylorMade signs Matthew Wolff to a multi-year deal; Wolff WITB

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TaylorMade Golf has officially announced the signing of Matthew Wolff on a multi-year agreement that will see the 20-year-old play the company’s metal woods, irons, wedges, putter and ultimately, TaylorMade’s flagship golf ball, the TP5x.

Wolff had previously unveiled that he would be making his professional debut at this week’s Travelers Championship, and just as top prospect Collin Morikawa did earlier at this month’s Canadian Open, Wolff will do so as a TaylorMade staffer.

The NCAA All-American and 2019 NCAA Division I individual champion made his debut on the PGA Tour at the Waste Management Phoenix Open earlier this year where he finished T50 after opening his week with a round of five-under par.

Matthew Wolff WITB

Driver: TaylorMade M6 (8 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design TP 7TX

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade M6 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Smoke 6.5 TX

Utility Iron: TaylorMade P760 (2)
Shaft: Nippon Modus 130x

Irons: TaylorMade P750 Tour Proto (3-PW)
Shafts: Nippon Modus 130x

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind Raw (52, 56, 62 degrees)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100

Putter: TaylorMade Spider X Copper

 

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We chatted with Justin Kinney, founder and CEO of startup Virtual Golf Caddy about his product, which serves both courses and players, by offering drone arial photography of golf courses (with graphics overlayed).

While drone photography and videography of golf courses is an established phenomenon, using the photos and video for better course management and preparation is a relatively new approach.

We wanted to learn more about what VGC is doing, and Kinney was kind enough to answer a handful of questions and include an example of the company’s work.

1. Tell us a bit about your background

I am 38 years old, born and raised in Connecticut. Lifelong golfer. Just finishing up my career as a middle school math teacher to focus on VGC full-time. I also have five years of business experience managing people’s retirement accounts. I played as many sports as I could growing up, and love the thrill of competition.

2. What’s the opportunity you saw?

I agreed to caddie for one of my students two summers ago. When researching the courses he was going to play, there was NO info on the courses. I thought there was a huge opportunity to provide course management strategies for players and give players a view of the entire courses with drones. No one was really doing anything like that, so I spent the past two years working on and building my business plan. Two months ago I secured funding to work on this full-time.

3. What is Virtual Golf Caddy, exactly?

VGC is a golf preparation and mental conditioning program designed to help give golfers a game plan to attack courses with. We provide drone views of each hole as well as course management strategies on how to best play each hole. Shot suggestions are given based on how far and confident players hit their clubs. We include mental conditioning tips and exercises to help players “zone in” more often and consistently. We are considering getting into golf fitness and nutrition as well to help build the whole golfer. Players purchase access to each course’s videos and info for either $15 or $25 per course, depending on how much info they want. They get unlimited access to the videos and can watch them wherever (home, airport, hotel, course).

4. What stage is the business in, and can you show us an example of VCG in action? 

We are still in the start-up phase. We are making agreements with and filming at courses. The website is being redesigned and will be up in June. It appears like things may take off quickly so stay tuned!

For an example, check out the video below.

6. What else should GolfWRX members know?

We are looking for courses to partner with. We will give courses free publicity on our site, a promotional video from the footage to use on their site, and share 15 percent of their courses profits with them. A win-win for everyone involved! If readers know of any courses, please email us.

One other thing to add: the mental prep/conditioning program is being built by renowned sports psychologist Bill Cole, MS, MA. It is legit and comes from over 40 years of research and experience! We’re also pursuing options in fitness and nutrition.

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