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Matthew Fitzpatrick accuses DeChambeau of ‘making a mockery of the game’; Bryson responds: ‘Hey man, I’d love to help out’

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They weren’t playing on the same tour or continent this week, but Matthew Fitzpatrick took time out while in contention at Wentworth GC to hit out at Bryson DeChambeau and his immense distance gains in 2020.

Speaking while at the European Tour’s BMW Championship, the Englishman, who averaged 28 yards less off the tee than DeChambeau in 2020, claimed that Bryson is ‘making a mockery of the game’, while also expressing his view that the ability to hit the ball a long way is not a skill.

“He’s in the rough and miles up, and he’s just hitting wedges everywhere. It just makes a bit of a mockery of the game, I think.

I really hope they do (governing bodies potentially curtailing distance) It’s not a skill to hit the ball a long way, in my opinion. I could put on 40 pounds. I could go and see a bio-mechanist and I could gain 40 yards; that’s actually a fact. I could put another two inches on my driver. I could gain that, but the skill in my opinion is to hit the ball straight. That’s the skill. He’s just taking the skill out of it, in my opinion. I’m sure lots will disagree. It’s just daft.

I don’t necessarily think people will try and copy him, putting all that weight on, but I think you’ll see people going harder at it.”

DeChambeau responded to the views of Fitzpatrick, choosing to take the comments as a compliment while stressing his opinion that the ability to hit the ball as far as he does is absolutely a skill.

“I appreciate that, it’s a compliment to me honestly. A year ago I wasn’t hitting in anywhere near as far as I am today. It took a lot of work, a lot of hours to work through the night to figure out a lot of this stuff.

I would say it actually takes more skill to do what I’m doing, and albeit my fairway percentages are a little bit down, I still believe I’m hitting it straighter than what I was last year with the distances that I was hitting back then.

So I actually appreciate those comments. I think he’s looking out for certain set of players, and I appreciate that. My whole goal is to play the best golf I possibly can, and this game has given me the opportunity to showcase something pretty special.

You know, I actually appreciate it, because I would love to have a conversation with him about it and say, ‘Hey, man, I would love to help out. Why couldn’t you do it, too?'”

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  1. TD

    Nov 2, 2020 at 12:41 pm

    Not really sure how BD’s strategy is different from Tiger’s a few years after he turned pro. There is more than one way to skin a cat.

  2. JP

    Oct 29, 2020 at 8:12 am

    What Bryson has done is amazing. Fitzpatrick should STFU. With that said if you are on tour worry about what you do, not what someone else does. Fitzpatrick can lift weights and try to build speed, or he can keep complaining like the jealous child that he is. I hope Bryson hits it 400 off the tee. Lastly what Fitzpatrick fails to realize is that Bryson has improved his putting by a huge factor. That is why he wins.

  3. Paul Runyan

    Oct 28, 2020 at 2:46 pm

    Pretty much over the top accusing Mr DeChambeau of using PED’s.!!!

    So do you have proof? PGA tests or is this personal opinion??

    Hopefully, you’re next opinion will land you in court before a judge!

    Stick with lifting weights

  4. Paul

    Oct 25, 2020 at 10:40 pm

    Bryson is playing by the rules. Yes, he hits it long, but he’s not winning every tournament, so does it really matter?

  5. geohogan

    Oct 15, 2020 at 5:09 pm

    IMO FEEL is a big part of golf.
    Bulking up, lifting weights has done in many golfers careers,

    either by loss of feel or by injury due to bulking up(damage to proprioception).
    It happened to Johnny Miller more than 40 years ago.

    Jason Day admitted recently he did the same.
    Brookes Koepka is trying to return after knee and hip trouble.

    if Bryson can maintain feel at US Open that allowed him to sink 90% of putts 10 feet and under, more power to him, but I doubt his feel will hold up. Once proprioception is damaged, we dont see many recover the FEEL. Time will tell.

  6. phizzy

    Oct 13, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    I’m a big Bryson fan and I think it’s great what he’s doing but let’s be real he’s taking “supplements”. As a personal trainer who trains high level amateur and pro athletes, I know a thing or two about this subject. I will say kids coming through high school and college will follow in the foot steps of this young man very soon and we will see a slew of guys over 6 feet tall weighing 230 plus who look like body builders or power lifters.

    • phizzy

      Oct 13, 2020 at 10:12 pm

      Remember kids, strength plus flexibility and a technically sound golf swing equals distance off the tee. I could get into detail about activating fast twitch fibers but it would be a long and boring discussion so I’ll stop here. Also, weight doesn’t necessarily correlate with distance. Look at Rory who is barely a buck 60 at 5’9 who can generate ball speeds in the 190’s when he wants to.

  7. phizzy

    Oct 13, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    I’m a huge fan of Bryson and what he’s done to change the game, but let’s be honest, he’s using steroids among other PEDS which presents an unfair advantage. I work part time as personal trainer to both amateur and professional athletes which I will not name but I assure you folks there is rampant PED use in the ranks of sports period. Golf is no exception. You cannot bulk up 40 pounds over an 8 month period albeit a combo of muscle, fat and fluid from just adding calories to your diet. Steroids do in fact help a golfer hit it further because it increases strength overall and reduces recovery time from intense workouts. Look at all the LDA guys who clearly juice and are over 6 feet tall and 250+ pounds. Ryan Steenberg comes to mind. I digress, but Fitzpatrick’s comment about dialing back the golf ball are ludicrous because then it would level the playing field where distance would become null and void. The PGA tour is notorious for being hush hush about putting out public info on any of their players getting popped for any PED or drug especially when it comes to their top money makers ahem high profile players. I say keep the game as is and either be transparent with the drug testing or let all the players use PEDs.

    • Bob

      Oct 25, 2020 at 9:04 pm

      I’m a personal trainer as well and you must suck at your job. What he has done is totally realistic with the amount of time he has spent optimizing his performance without the use of peds. Lots of…Time, working with the best nutritionists and trainers in the fields such as biomechanics and golf and a ton of dedication can do wonders. You are ignorant and your clients sound lazy. I also went to school for kinesiology than biomechanics and I work with ultra marathoners, special forces, elite power lifters and pro hockey players and could name more. If you want to use the the fallacy of authority argument which is the only argument you made my authority trumped yours.

      • Jim

        Oct 26, 2020 at 5:40 am

        Shut up! No one wants to listen to you brag about yourself.

    • Gordy

      Oct 29, 2020 at 2:09 pm

      That is simply not a true statement. If he bulked up and remained at like 10% body fat then I’d say yes. He looks like he hit the weights and drinks protein shakes all day long. I know, I put on 25lbs of muscle/fat in less than 6months just lifting, eating, and protein shakes. It is possible.

  8. Dyson Bochambeau

    Oct 13, 2020 at 2:44 pm

    Cant wait for Bryson to make a mockery of Fitzpatrick in the next Ryder Cup

  9. Erik

    Oct 13, 2020 at 11:04 am

    Uhhh Matthew just tighten up worry about your game .. just because Bryson is hitting it damn’er a mile doesn’t mean he’s going to win every tournament so if you want more distance then do the things that require it.. Come on bro you have PGA touring card.. so obviously your skill is among the best of the best. .So young man Put your big boy draws on and get after it.

  10. Xander

    Oct 13, 2020 at 9:58 am

    That’s why all you fools have day jobs, lol….

  11. Donald T Coen

    Oct 13, 2020 at 6:47 am

    It’s not how its how many mr. Short knocker.

  12. Rcab

    Oct 12, 2020 at 11:47 pm

    Sounds like a lot of but hurt.

  13. Peter Crocitto

    Oct 12, 2020 at 6:37 pm

    You know I amazed how all these Pro’s are complaining, expect if they where doing it themselves! My suggestion to all of them stop whining and start figuring away to compete with him. I didn’t hear anything when Jack, John Daily, Tiger, Rory, Champ and other where driving the ball 50 yards father than any other players.

  14. Larry Hoover

    Oct 12, 2020 at 4:58 pm

    lol. im not a huge bryson fan but winning the US Open with no skill? is this guy out of his freaking mind? And lemme Shaq had no skill while he was crushing fools for 15 years in the NBA

  15. ckbeech

    Oct 12, 2020 at 1:28 pm

    And sissy boy ranks where in the world standings??

  16. Osnola Kinnard

    Oct 12, 2020 at 7:53 am

    Matthew Fitzpatrick sounds like a whiny baby. Hit the weights and swing hard and quit your whining…or GET BETTER!

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Rory McIlroy hits back at stinging criticism from Tom Weiskopf

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Rory McIlroy recently came under attack from the 1973 Open champion Tom Weiskopf, and it has prompted a passionate response from the Ulsterman.

Earlier this week, Tom Weiskopf spoke to GolfWeek where he claimed he didn’t feel Rory McIlroy had it in him to add more than one major championship to his current tally, citing a lack of determination, as well as laying into the 4-time major champion’s putting.

“I look at Rory McIlroy and I think golf is something just for Rory to do. I’ve said it for a while now that I don’t think he’ll win much more than the four he’s got, or maybe five, because I don’t see that determination and will to be the best. I think it is there in Dustin Johnson. I think he finally figured it out and this could propel him to win all four in one year.

I don’t see any frustration. Life is good and it should be – he’s a multi, multi-millionaire and has a kid now – but I don’t see the Tiger attitude. It’s like he’s satisfied all the time. The guy is not a good putter. He can hit some putts so off line with the wrong speed. He’s technically not a good putter but one of the purest swings you’d ever want to watch play in the game. Technically, he’s superior to Dustin Johnson, but Dustin has the confidence to do it every time.

“I know Rory works out but I bet if you watched them both work out, Rory would be a lot of laughs and giggles and Dustin would be balls to the wall and forcing a little bit more on himself and that’s what he’s done.”

It’s a perspective that did not pass McIlroy by, who speaking to GolfWeek dismissed the criticism as not being a “fair assessment” and declared how he tries his heart out on every shot. 

“I’ve never met Tom Weiskopf in my life, he’s never met me, so he’s obviously making a statement based on what he sees from the outside, but I don’t think that’s a fair assessment. I’ve shown throughout my career that I care, that I want to win, that I want to be the best. And I’ve been the best. 

It’s not as if I’m out there in the clouds and not thinking about it. I try my heart out on every single shot, every single tournament that I play.”

The 31-year-old also brought attention to a club snap moment at the Zozo recently as evidence of how he can become frustrated on the course.

“I maybe deal better with disappointment than I used to. I saw the interview where he said he sees no frustration. Like, I don’t think that’s a bad thing. I mean, look at the Zozo. I’m breaking clubs, so there’s a bit of frustration there. Obviously, he didn’t watch that round of golf.”

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