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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 @giancarlomag

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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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Ernie Els announces final 3 Presidents Cup vice-captains – which includes 2 previous Masters champions

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Ernie Els has revealed that Mike Weir, K.J. Choi, and Trevor Immelman will take on the role of vice-captaincy for the 2019 Presidents Cup.

The trio joins Geoff Ogilvy, who Els named as one of his vice-captains back in November, in what is a truly international team of captain’s assistants.

Both Choi and Weir have experience with the vice-captaincy role, with Choi being a part of Nick Price’s team in 2015, while Weir was an assistant captain under Price in 2017. Immelman will be making his debut as a vice-captain.

Speaking concerning his choices for assistant captains, Els cited the importance of his vice-captains coming from all corners of the globe and stressed how a “new formula” was needed to previous regimes to help the International side defeat the U.S. team for just the second time in the event’s history.

“We’ve got almost every continent covered with these four guys. So that’s basically why I chose these guys, and we really need to change things up from previous Cups. And I wanted them to buy into this new formula and make them take this formula forward.”

The South African also mentioned how he would be approaching the pairing process for the event at Royal Melbourne differently than his predecessors, and that he would be leaning heavily on statistics and science before the biennial team event kicks off in December.

“I’ve seen what other captains have done in the past. In this instance, I really wanted to try and start a new thinking process around the pairing system. I’m using a lot of data, a lot of science into what we’re going to be doing in December in Australia, and I wanted to get guys who have played a lot of Presidents Cups like myself.”

U.S. captain, Tiger Woods, has thus far appointed three vice-captains — Fred Couples, Zach Johnson and Steve Stricker. Woods has the option to choose one more captain ahead of the event.

The 2019 Presidents Cup gets underway on Dec. 12 at Royal Melbourne Golf Club, the site of the International team’s sole victory in the event back in 1998.

 

 

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Morning 9: OWGR point allocation issues | Reed on switch to Titleist irons | Els picks assistants

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

March 20, 2019

Good Wednesday morning, golf fans.
1. OWGR issues
Overshadowed by rules-related discontents, many tour pros are less than thrilled about the allocation of Official World Golf Ranking points. So great is their grieving that the PGA Tour tasked a duo of mathematicians to investigate.
  • Their findings: Relative to the PGA Tour, other tours are allocated too many points.
  • An AP report with this anecdote…”Against a field as strong as some majors, Tommy Fleetwood shared the lead after 18 and 36 holes, played in the final group and was still in the mix at The Players Championship until a tee shot into the water on the 17th hole. His three-way tie for fifth was worth 16.53 ranking points.”
  • “Earlier that day, Guido Migliozzi won his first European Tour title at the Kenya Open, which until this year was a Challenge Tour event. The strength of its field was slightly weaker than the Boonchu Ruangkit Championship on the Asian Development Tour in January…Migliozzi received 24 ranking points, the minimum for the European Tour.”
2. Captain Els picks Choi, Immelman, Weir
Captain of the Presidents Cup International team, Ernie Els named K.J. Choi, Trevor Immelman and Mike Weir to join Geoff Ogilvy as his assistant captains for the December event.
3. Good on them
Golfweek’s Beth Ann Nichols with the news that a pair of the expecting Brittany Lincicome’s sponsors will pay her full contracts for 2019, even though she won’t meet the required minimum number of starts.
  • “…Two of her sponsors, CME Group and Diamond Resorts, will honor her full contracts in 2019 even though she won’t play a full season.”
  • “Lincicome, a two-time major winner, and husband Dewald Gouws are expecting a baby girl, due Sept. 1, two weeks before the Solheim Cup at Gleneagles.”
  • “I mean, I never thought in a million years that they would do that,” said Lincicome. “I feel so honored and blessed to be represented by two great companies that are going to do this. It’s just fantastic.”
4. Pepperell’s process
Never change, Eddie Pepperell. He’s a bit from the Englishman following his T3 finish at The Players, via Doug Ferguson at the Associated Press.
  • “There is a method to what others might consider madness.”
  • ”’Historically, whenever I’ve been at courses a long time, come Thursday I can be de-motivated,” Pepperell said. ”I don’t want to work my (tail) off too hard on Monday through Wednesday. That represents you’re lost. I don’t want to be lost. That always represented a sign of struggle for me.”’
  • “Pepperell is more interested in being technically sound….”Most courses are in front of you, require good shot-making and skill,” he said. ”It doesn’t matter how well I know a golf course. If I’m struggling with technique, I ain’t going to go out there and beat these guys.”’

 

5. Monahan speaks
Golf Digest’s Stephen Hennessey mined the transcript of PGA Tour Commissioner, Jay Monahan, for some of the most interesting morsels.
Here’s one.
  • Q: “You mentioned some things you wanted to sort of button up with the other organizations. Can you give an example of something where you feel like the relationships have been strained and need fixing, and is some of that related to your view on distance versus what they’re kind of building to with their distance study?”
  • MONAHAN: “I think — so the way I’ll characterize that is that if you look at — let’s talk about slow play, my favorite subject. There’s a lot of discussion about slow play. And when you have six or seven different organizations that have different policies and different perspectives and we’re not each fully aware of what those are, that may not be serving the best interests of the game. So how do we learn from each other on a subject like that? How do we diagnostically look at something that is getting a lot of discussion and ultimately can we improve? So that would be one.”
  • “Driving distance is another. How do we fully understand each other’s perspectives, and then how do we have good debate and discussion about what the solutions, what the opportunities or where we go from here. But I just think that — and I want to be clear that this is on us, too. We just need to be more transparent, more forthcoming about our thinking across the board, and I think that’s going to get us to a good place.”
6. Reed’s switch to Titleist irons
Andrew Tursky at PGATour.com talked to Patrick Reed about his wholesale iron switch ahead of last week’s Players.
Why the big iron switch on the week of THE PLAYERS?
  • “I needed a new set because my irons were getting worn out. When I talked to the Titleist guys, I was fortunate enough that they were able to help me out and work with me to get a new fresh set of irons into play. After they built them, I absolutely loved the way they I hit ’em and how they were performing. From that point on, I felt like I had to get them battle-tested and put them under-the-gun, and I was able to do that last week…I actually got them that week (of THE PLAYERS). I was looking for new irons already because, my Callaways were great, they were just worn out. The grooves were gone.
  • For me, (I just had to) make sure (the Titleist irons) had the right weight and the right swing weight, because they looked the same and felt the same going through the turf (as the Callaway irons). For me, it was just making sure they were fresh. I knew I needed a fresh set leading into this stretch [of tournaments]. When I tested [the new Titleist irons] on the range, they were unbelievable on Tuesday, and Wednesday when I played on the course they were just as well. I felt like… I hit them great on the golf course, I just needed to dial in distances a little bit…They feel great. I look forward to continue playing with them.”
Reed also added that Titleist’s tour van added the lead tape to match the head weights to his previous gamers.
7. Eyes on Akshay
Golf Channel’s Will Gray on the 17-year-old phenom, Akshay Bhatia, who will play in this week’s Valspar Championship, and his somewhat atypical path to turning pro.
  • “Like many skilled players his age, Bhatia aspires to turn pro. But his timeline is significantly shorter than most of his peers, as his amateur career is measured in months, not years. He is open about his plan to turn pro later this year, eschewing any thoughts of college in a decision he made along with the help of his father, Sonny, and “inner circle” when he was still in middle school.”
  • ‘”I’ve never liked school. I’ve never been very smart, like sitting in a classroom, and I have the worst attention span when it comes to it. But I love being outside and love playing golf, just competing,” Bhatia said. “So my dad was like, ‘You know what? Let’s just not go to college. Let’s not do it.’ And I said, ‘Yeah, that’s fine.’ I mean, I’m an eighth-grader, of course I’m going to say no to school.”‘
8. A tiny oral history of Ho Sung at Pebble

Stellar stuff from Anna Katherine Clemmons at ESPN, talking to the folks who teed it up with Ho Sung Choi at Pebble Beach…

“AARON RODGERS, PACKERS QUARTERBACK: I watched video of his swing, and I tweeted that I’d love to play with him because I already had a Pebble Beach partner, Jerry Kelly, who leans a ton. I thought that’d be a fun pairing.”

“JERRY KELLY, THREE-TIME PGA TOUR WINNER: I thought the swing wasn’t real. Then I saw he’d won in Japan, so I tweeted, “Hey, my long-lost brother on the Japanese Tour!”

“CHRIS O’DONNELL, ACTOR WHO WAS WITH RODGERS, KELLY AND CHOI AT PEBBLE BEACH: I’d seen his swing when it first went viral. Then, when the pairings came out, I asked, “Who is Ho Sung Choi?” Later I watched the video again and was like, “Oh my god, it’s him!”

“RODGERS: His impact positions are incredible. He tees it up so high, and other than a popup on 10, he really hit it well off the tee. He’s super flexible-it’s like a yoga backbend. I tried to do one at one point on the range, teasing with him, and my back started hurting.”

Full piece.

9. The 14
If you didn’t catch our new series (in partnership with TXG), I think you’ll want to. Johnny Wunder and TXG’s Ian Fraser do a deep dive into the PGA Tour winner’s WITB in “The 14” (like, half-an-hour-long video deep). If you’re a gear junkie, it’s must-watch stuff.

See “The 14” here.

 

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Rahm’s water ball at 11: Is the Spaniard his own worst enemy, or should his caddie have stayed silent?

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Few shots on the course have stunned golf fans and analysts alike more than Jon Rahm’s water ball on the 11th hole while leading the Players Championship on Sunday.

The exchange prior to the shot went viral on social media, which has now been removed by the PGA Tour. With his caddie, Adam Hayes, pleading for Rahm to lay up, the Spaniard pulled rank and proceeded to fire his ball into the water, in a moment of madness which proved a fatal blow in his bid to capture the Players trophy.

Immediately after the incident, announcers called the move “perplexing” as well as explaining how they “didn’t understand any of that,” referring to the seemingly rash decision made by Rahm after what appeared to be a calm and constructive assessment of the situation with his caddie.

Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee went even further than those commentators, calling the fiery 24-year-old’s decision and subsequent water ball “the most baffling decision” in the history of the tournament.

Rahm, however, came to a very different conclusion to what had occurred. With the ball taking a splash, the Spaniard lost his cool and was audibly heard saying “I was so f****** sure the first time,” which could only allude to him believing that his caddie had injected some doubt into his mind, causing the error.

Another water ball at 17 sank his chances entirely, and speaking after the round, Rahm stuck to his guns, believing that he had done the right thing and confirmed how he believed that his caddie’s involvement had hindered him.

“Adam was trying to convince me to go right. When I first got to the ball, I was really sure I could do it. If you give me 10 balls, besides that one, I’ll hit the other nine on land. Unfortunately, I got a little bit of doubt in me.”

Veteran caddie Kip Henley, speaking to GolfDigest, explained that while Hayes and the rest of America knew he was suggesting the right thing, he had no choice but to back down.

“Ninety-eight percent of America looks at that and knows Adam was making the right call. Birdie is great, but par doesn’t kill you, and a good caddie is able to look at the situation without as much emotion as the player.

“The whole time you’re fighting you better be aware where your guy is leaning because if you know he’s not coming over, you need to start backpedaling. You then need to make him feel like it’s a good decision. Everybody does that. You read your guy, and you find a way to change your tune.”

How the incident will affect their future working relationship remains to be seen. But Rahm’s refusal to accept that he may have been better served by listening to his caddie while speaking after the event is only likely to ignite the doubts over the Spaniard’s impetuous temperament.

 

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