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Over the summer, we saw more of the same when it came to slow play on the PGA Tour. Players complaining that guys like Bryson DeChambeau play way too slow and are holding up other groups. Bryson originally came out in the press conferences and owned the issue. He apologized to his fellow players and fans. At the time, I thought it was a very honest and professional thing to do.

However, a video of him later appeared on Twitter in which he told everyone the following. “Y’all can say whatever you want, but we’re having a f—ing awesome time,” DeChambeau said. “So screw all y’all haters, no big deal. I still love you all, even though you hate me.”

For me, this was the last straw. You have an extremely talented player that has the potential to make a great impact on the game and young players but chooses not to. Instead, he takes a hurray for me and to hell with the rest of the world attitude. A PGA pro dropping F-bombs and saying “screw all y’all haters.” Why didn’t the PGA Tour come down on him and hit him with a major fine and possible suspension?

Fast forward to the last week of September and the KPGA. Golfer Bio Kim got frustrated with a fan that yelled something out during his swing. Kim looked right at the spectator and flipped the spectator his middle finger. To some degree, I can sympathize with Kim but in his position, he still represents the Korean Tour and should do his best to represent his country and himself as a professional. The KPGA fined Mr. Kim $8350 as well as suspending him from the tour for three years. I feel that this is overkill, but I guarantee you that other players on that tour will take notice and not make the same mistake.

If the KPGA did this to Mr. Kim then what should the PGA Tour have done to Bryson? Mr. Kim made a gesture to one fan Bryson sent his message out to all of his colleagues and fans around the world. In my mind, something should have been done to him to discourage him from behaving like a jerk.

This is not about slow play—it’s about the men and women that represent our game behaving like professionals and ambassadors for the game of golf. This recent attitude that has infected all professional sports and society as a whole needs to stop. Can any of us imagine Jack, Arnie or any of the other greats doing this? Yes, we had an outburst from Seve Ballesteros now and then, but nothing like this.

As fans of the game and players of the game, we must demand more from the players and from ourselves when it comes to personal conduct. We must insist that players that are role models for our young people live up to that. I am not saying be perfect, because we would all fail at that, but at the same time, we can’t let poor behavior stand. Golf has always been a game for ladies and gentlemen with a profound sense of honor in it. We are losing that, and as fans and players we are the last line of defense.

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  1. Golfing Nomad

    Oct 10, 2019 at 7:40 am

    I don’t have a problem with Bryson the scientific golfer. He stepped out of the comfort zone and started something new in golf. As far as sporting role models and bad language or behaviour go, let’s look at great role models like Lance Armstrong, or some of the drug addled athletes of the three-alphabet sports, NBA eg, the wife-beaters, drug addicts, drug cheats, they make Bryson’s little dig pale by comparison. Ricky Fowler sometimes uses a pink ball, HOW DARE HE ! and his attire is somewhat flamboyant – good for him. deChambeau is not my role model but I might just make up a set of irons with all the same shaft lengths as my #7 and see for myself.

  2. Joe

    Oct 9, 2019 at 6:34 am

    he said a bad word! lets suspend him

  3. Oskar

    Oct 9, 2019 at 2:24 am

    So much spite in one article..
    I despise slow play, and not too fond of Bryson. But his comments were genuine, and thats what the sport needs. It doesn’t need another person behaving like a robot towards the community.

    • Scratchscorer

      Oct 9, 2019 at 7:50 am

      I agree. Tiger dropped a lot of F-bombs and for the most part people appreciated a genuine reaction. The 3-year suspension is ridiculous. Fining Bryson for expressing his opinion on Twitter or whatever is even more ridiculous. It’s the over sensitive whiners that get offended by everything that will cost us free speech. I am wondering if this article is just trolling for reactions..

      • Golfing Nomad

        Oct 10, 2019 at 7:25 pm

        deChambeau has one of those rare attributes shared by golfers like Hogan Palmer Nicklaus Trevino Norman (2) Woods – c h a r a c t e r .

  4. Tyler Durden

    Oct 9, 2019 at 2:21 am

    Bryson living rent free in this hacks head.

  5. Bradley Read

    Oct 8, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    shut up whining maggot

  6. Jeff

    Oct 8, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    Athletes are not role models, parents and community members are.
    Educate your children and this shouldn’t be a problem.

  7. Isitour

    Oct 8, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    I applaud Bryson for standing up for himself and telling it like it is.
    Speaking of telling like it is, your article sucks.

    • Joe

      Oct 9, 2019 at 6:31 am

      hahahaha love the response. Great start to my morning lol

    • Erik Morden

      Oct 9, 2019 at 3:16 pm

      Right lets stand up for ourselves and tell the world to F off nothing says we are a civilized society like a self absorbed millennial puke telling the world to F off. This article is right on there should be a standard not a 3 year suspension for one player and nothing for another. Maybe the Korean’s have a better handle on what is acceptable and what isnt. Maybe the PGA needs to take lessons from the KPGA?

  8. kevin reynolds

    Oct 8, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    relax dude

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