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Jordan Spieth offers Bryson advice and reveals the player who gets heckled most

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Jordan Spieth was playing with Bryson DeChambeau when some golf fans decided to taunt the 27-year-old with shouts of “Brooksy” at Muirfield Village, and during the round he took the time to offer Bryson some salient advice.

The Texan is one of the most loved characters in the game, but when his form dipped on the course, Spieth told reporters at Memorial that he was the subject of abuse from hecklers.

“I’ve had people tell me I suck to my face for a long time, so I don’t — you know, I mean, nothing, you just kind of zone everything out.

The fans’ trolling of Bryson on Friday may not have been the most vicious, but Jordan had one wise piece of advice for DeChambeau: Don’t give them any reaction, or it will quickly escalate.

He (Bryson) mentioned it to me at one point and I said, ‘All anyone wants is a reaction and if you give it to them, it’s going to get worse.’ So it didn’t seem to bother him.”

Spieth also revealed the player he has played with that receives the worst abuse from golf fans, and perhaps not surprisingly, it’s the highly polarizing Patrick Reed.

“I feel like, as far as pairings go, I would say if you’re paired with Patrick you hear some of the worst stuff — Reed, not Cantlay — from the crowd.”

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. Ron Downey

    Dec 4, 2021 at 7:03 pm

    Brooks Keopka is the coolest golfer on the PGA tour right now, just ask him, seems like an ass as far as I’m concerned. Patrick Reed gets heckled because he said when he is playing his best, he’s a top 5 guy on tour, truth is, he’s not far off the mark by saying that. Bryson is just doing what’s best for him, and he’s pretty good at it. As far as Brooks Keopka goes and his fans, they’re followers, they see someone getting picked on and jump on the bandwagon. It’s become cool to hate these guys, because there are a lot of followers out there. Then they’ll talk about how bad bullying is at the water cooler the next day. I applaud Randall for calling it for what it is.

  2. CrashTestDummy

    Jun 11, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    Nobody likes a counter protester or counter stalker.

  3. growupwillya

    Jun 9, 2021 at 10:25 pm

    Any yelling nonsense right after impact–gone.
    Any rude comments–gone.
    Any wishing the ball to go somewhere bad–gone.

    Each ticket holder gets a bracelet with 2 tear-off ration tags for alcohol. No tags, no beer.

    This is golf not baseball.

    • ItsBedTime

      Jun 10, 2021 at 12:05 am

      Ok buddy, we don’t need to go to the opposite extreme. Somewhere in between will do.

    • Karl Marx

      Jun 10, 2021 at 2:20 pm

      Communist

    • drkviol801

      Jun 10, 2021 at 8:49 pm

      You have to live in Southern California , or New York. Get off your high horse and don’t talk down to us thinking you’re morally superior to everyone.

      • growupwillya

        Jun 11, 2021 at 12:10 am

        I live in Adultown, USA. Talk down to US? Are you a drunk moron who loves screaming Babbabooey?

      • PJ

        Jun 15, 2021 at 8:12 pm

        Sounds like you have an inferiority complex drkviol801

    • WillNotGrowUp

      Jun 16, 2021 at 12:51 pm

      This is why golf isn’t ruled just by people who yell at others to tuck in the back of their shirt

      • Reality

        Jul 8, 2021 at 8:22 am

        Bro, I think the computer screen is saying it’s your turn. We’re at Top Golf, your favorite place. Remember when you almost fell over the edge after all those beers on your birthday?

        Also, your corn dogs are ready.

  4. Snapjack

    Jun 9, 2021 at 1:37 pm

    I blame Phoenix for starting this trend. Fans should been seen, not heard.

    • D12

      Jun 9, 2021 at 10:11 pm

      BINGO

    • Agreed

      Jun 10, 2021 at 12:12 am

      Yeah we should shrink the game

      • Reality

        Jul 8, 2021 at 8:35 am

        Fine, we can keep the dudes who “peaked in high school” and wear white Oakleys or the sake of “growing the game”..

        But, you need to play the 5.5+ hour rounds with them and really listen as they say “Bro! The bev cart girl totally wants it from me. Did you hear the way she said, “Here you go, honey…” as I ordered my Snickers??”

        In the wise words of Shooter McGavin, here is a message to hecklers – Damn you people! Go back to your shanties.

  5. Skip

    Jun 9, 2021 at 1:14 pm

    Escort abusers off of the premises. Don’t let golf turn into an NBA spectacle. Golf is one of the few sports that promotes both etiquette and a sense of decorum.

  6. Bob Jones

    Jun 9, 2021 at 10:08 am

    Do you think this stuff would go on at Augusta? They would have a heckler off the premises in two minutes flat and his feet wouldn’t even touch the ground on the way out.

  7. Security

    Jun 9, 2021 at 7:52 am

    This kind of behaviour, at all levels, would be unaccepted on the European Tour, LPGA, etc.

    The PGA needs to get this sorted, or they risk a huge incident.

  8. Paul

    Jun 8, 2021 at 4:17 pm

    Fans who heckle are idiots in deep need of attention and relevancy.

    • Paulette

      Jun 11, 2021 at 12:27 am

      Similar to anonymous posters on a third tier golf equipment marketing forum.

      • Pauly

        Jun 12, 2021 at 10:53 pm

        +1 bahahahahah

      • Uncle Paulie

        Jul 8, 2021 at 8:18 am

        I think Paulette (and other hecklers) just wish Coach would have put them in the big State Championship game. Things would be so different for them, y’know?

        Then again, selling Life Insurance for Northwestern Mutual is a great gig. So, maybe it was for the best in the end.

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Bryson DeChambeau reveals his distance goals for 2022

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Three weeks ago, a high-profile Cobra testing session involving both world number 8 Bryson DeChambeau and two-time World Long Drive champion Kyle Berkshire took place.

Whilst Berkshire clocked a record ball speed of 233.4, the ten-time winner wasn’t exactly disappointed with his own personal best of 221mph, and he believes this is coming to the PGA tour.

Promoting the upcoming Saudi International, the 2020 U.S Open winner commented,

“This year I’ll hit it even further. Once I get into some lower lofted heads that I’ll be getting this week or next week, you’ll be seeing some much longer drives.”

Clear leader in the driving distance stats on tour, many pundits question the pursuit of length to the possible detriment of the rest of his game, but Bryson isn’t to be tamed. He added:

“We’re getting close to having something that we can get working at 200mph ball speed that will work on tour. I’m super excited and happy with Cobra. We came to a bit of a sticking point last year but we’ve worked together and burst through that wall.”

Only 25th at the season opener, the Tournament of Champions, he withdrew from this week’s Sony Open with an injury to his left wrist, which had been ‘bothering me for about three or four weeks now.’

Bryson continued, ”All the speed training has definitely taken a toll on my muscular structure. Now, it’s got to a point where I’m putting so much speed and force into my wrist.”

With some driver-friendly events coming up, Bryson is going to see plenty more interest in his long game to begin 2022.

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‘Too invasive for me’ – Bryson snubs Netflix docuseries

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As reported yesterday, Netflix is currently filming a docuseries profiling some of the biggest names on the PGA TOUR.

However, Bryson DeChambeau will not be one of those big names.

In a virtual news conference on Thursday to promote the Saudi International, Bryson explained why he didn’t want to be a part of the series:

“There’s a lot of factors going on in that. One, there wasn’t a deal that was struck that was very well for my side of it. I love Netflix. I watch it. I have a great time with it. But just for me, it wasn’t right at the present moment.”

DeChambeau has been busy with his own content, releasing videos showing his insane ball and clubhead speeds and is approaching 900,000 followers on Instagram, and added to reporters on Thursday:

“They’re getting a pretty dang good look inside my life [from YouTube]. And to have more people come in and go even further, which is almost impossible for what I’m giving out, is just too invasive for me.

There’s a lot of great people on there. If I was to go on there, yeah, it would be cool to see, but I feel like there’s a lot more interesting stories. You’ve got Harry Higgs. You’ve got numerous others.” 

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Tour pro withdraws from Australian PGA after slicing hand mid-round

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After being postponed twice because of Covid, you would think the dominant story at the Australian PGA might be the first-round lead, held by world number 1387 Louis Dobbelaar.

However, in a bizarre incident Damien Jordan grabbed the headlines with a withdrawal, according to Australian Associated Press, due to ”slicing his hand trying to move a stake on the course.”

Full details are not clear as yet but Golf Australia’s editor, Jimmy Emanuel, first reported on the accident on Twitter, posting that Jordan “went to move a stake on course and sliced his hand the entire width from top to bottom. Quite heavy bleeding so off to see a doctor.”

At the event itself, Dobbelaar leads at 7-under and by one from Aaron Pike and Jediah Morgan with short-priced pre-event favourite, Min Woo Lee, just four behind.

Over at the accompanying WPGA event, Su Oh has a clear lead after the first round, being three shots clear at 5-under the card.

They all may ask their caddies to move boundary markers for the rest of the event.

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