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Bryson DeChambeau says he was close to quitting golf this year

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Bryson DeChambeau recently opened up on his tough year in an interview with the New York Post, telling the publication that he almost walked away from the sport in 2021.

Last summer, DeChambeau received a constant stream of negative publicity. During a time when his results on the course were close to an all-time high, Bryson’s feud with Brooks Koepka dominated golf headlines. Unfortunately for the 28-year-old, the WWE style Dechambeau Koepka feud wasn’t the only thing keeping his name in the headlines.

Bryson also had a highly reported on split with his caddie Tim Tucker, which many attributed to Tucker being fed up with DeChambeau’s antics. Additionally, he had a very public spat with equipment sponsors Cobra during The Open Championship. To cap it all off, Bryson’s refusal to get the COVID-19 vaccine made headlines which seemed to be the final straw for the 2020 U.S. Open champ:

“There was a point in time – I’m not kidding – where I just felt like I wanted to leave the game,” said DeChambeau during last week’s Hero World Challenge.

“I just felt like, ‘I don’t need any of this. Why? Why put myself through all this torture?’”

“People were damaging my character,” he added. “It was all the stuff that was going on in social media. I was like, ‘I really don’t need this. I can walk away and be totally fine the rest of my life, be

Oddly enough, DeChambeau found support through a newfound friendship with Hollywood actor Chris Pratt.

“He told me, ‘Look, when I’m doing a movie and people are saying the movie’s terrible and I’m not a good actor, that doesn’t define me,’” DeChambeau added.

“I respect him, respect his opinion. He’s got a lot of great life advice from things he’s been through some troubling times.

“He told me when I’m out on the golf course, people are going to define you and relate you to the golf. What really defines you is the person you are outside the game of golf. You’ve got to look at it as an opportunity to show people who you truly are.”

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  1. Patrick Reed

    Dec 9, 2021 at 3:02 pm

    I know this guy is a little rough around the edges, but he’s still way cooler than me!

  2. Jared

    Dec 9, 2021 at 9:30 am

    If someone put 6 iron shafts in all my wedges, I’d quit the game.

  3. reeder

    Dec 8, 2021 at 12:46 pm

    Is this another self esteem issue for a millennial? Things are not going the exact way I want them to so I am going to quit. Another millennial Mathew Wolf wasn’t winning every week so he essentially “quit” for some time. Maybe these young players should understand that they are in the highest level of competitive golf now and winning isn’t that easy. Also, please…realize that maybe every person on the planet doesn’t consider you a special person or a genius that needs to be listened to constantly.

  4. gwelfgulfer

    Dec 7, 2021 at 4:10 pm

    Yes, cry baby wasn’t the center of attention and couldn’t handle it…

  5. geohogan

    Dec 6, 2021 at 7:39 pm

    The actual quote reportedly,
    ” I wish I knew how to quit you”

  6. 2putttom

    Dec 6, 2021 at 10:43 am

    leave the game and do what ? work at Home depot .

  7. Terry, this is not a game

    Dec 6, 2021 at 10:19 am

    This guy is such a chuff.

  8. Steve

    Dec 6, 2021 at 9:45 am

    How about stop going around trying to prove to sheep how smart you are? You don’t need to.

    Glad that you didn’t give into sheeple peer pressure and get the useless experimental gene modifying poison. It’s not a vax.

    • Science

      Dec 7, 2021 at 10:47 am

      Hi Steve,

      Thank you for your post. We appreciate you taking the time to show people what happens when they drop out of grade school and do their own “research” online. PSA’s like your’s are incredibly important in the battle against illiteracy and eating tide pods.

      Sincerely,

      Science

      • Noworkscited

        Dec 7, 2021 at 11:14 am

        Science…triggered much?

        • SFTW

          Dec 8, 2021 at 12:12 pm

          Truth hurts, Science must scare you.

        • Big Cat

          Dec 23, 2021 at 9:34 am

          Just wanted to reply that i personally think you’re stupid

    • DaddyBIden

      Dec 25, 2021 at 11:54 am

      #HermanCainAward

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20-handicap player achieves feat never accomplished by PGA Tour pro

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Ask any handicap golfer their dream shot, and in most cases, it will be the elusive hole-in-one.

Some may even say recording an albatross – three under par – is their flight of fantasy.

Imagine, then, recording both in a five-hole stretch.

The Irish Examiner recently highlighted that very feat, performed by Rowan McCarthy, a 20-handicapper playing Wembley Golf Course in Perth, Australia.

A member of the Irish Perth golf society, McCarthy, who now posts as @shankmagic on Instagram, told the Irish Examiner, “On 12, the hole-in-one, it was a beautiful 7-iron, 169 metres, that drew towards the hole, hit the front of the green and leisurely rolled towards the hole and dropped in dead weight.

“Then on 15, the albatross, it was 185 metres with a 5-iron, downhill, using the bank adjacent the green, ran towards the hole, hit the flag and dropped. I might have caught that one a bit thin.”

According to the golfer himself, “Statistically, the chances of a hole in 1 are 12,000-to-1 and an albatross is 6 million-to-1. The odds of one of each in the same round…who knows? Some say it is 72 billion to one. It is a day I will never forget.”

It was certainly an eventful round with five pars, six bogeys, two doubles and three treble-bogeys accompanying the two obvious standout holes!

 

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McCarthy told the Examiner that the thought of giving up had crossed his mind, knowing he would never top what he had just achieved, but ”I love it too much”. “That thought did enter my head” he admitted, ”but the craic, the banter and the friendships I’ve made,” he admitted. “I play off 20, hit thousands of bad shots over the years, there is lots of room for improvement and this will spur me on.”

As such, he hopes the new social media address will ‘influence and give hope to the average golfer that anything is possible.’

One thing that might not is the traditional hole-in-one bar bill!

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Brandel Chamblee expertly analyses ‘Putting vs Ball Striking’ debate

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While discussing Hideki Matsuyama’s putting struggles over the weekend, Brandel Chamblee made some interesting comments regarding the importance of putting on the PGA Tour.

Often times we hear commentators claim that, “whoever makes the most putts will win”; or “putting is the most important aspect of golf”. Chamblee claims that it isn’t who putts the best, it’s who putts the best amongst the premier ball strikers.

“You can’t play this game at the highest level unless you are an extraordinary ball striker.

“It’s not about who makes the most putts, it’s about who putts the best amongst the best ball strikers.

“And when he (Hideki) has a decent week at putting he has a chance to win.”

Check out Chamblee’s commentary in full below.

Do you agree with the Golf Channel analyst, WRXers? Let us know in the comments!

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Leading analyst believes Tiger could retire at 2022 Open Championship

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In 2015, Tiger Woods made it clear just how much he loves the Old Course at St. Andrews, revealing he wants to play the course backwards in his lifetime.

”It’s brilliant–how you can play it so many different ways.” said Tiger “I’ve always wanted to play it one time–before I die I want to play it one time backwards.

”I want to play from 1 to 17, 2 to 16, so forth and so on. I’d love to be able to play it that way just one time. That would be just a blast because I can see how certain bunkers–why would they put that there? ”

There has been lots of water under the Swilken Bridge since then but at a recent press conference during the Hero Championship, hosted by Tiger, the 15-time Major winner confirmed he ”would love to be able to play that Open Championship (150th anniversary), there’s no doubt. Physically, hopefully I can,” he said.

”The tournament’s not going to go anywhere, but I need to get there.”

Indeed, Sky Sports golf coach and analyst Simon Holmes, who has worked with the likes of Sir Nick Faldo and Seve Ballesteros,  believes that Woods could even confirm his retirement at the ‘Home of Golf’ in 2022.

Responding to fellow presenter Rob Lee’s thinking that Woods could win a tournament in 2022 – which would make him the winningest golfer in PGA Tour history at 83 wins – Holmes believes Woods may bow out in similar fashion to legends before him, including Jack Nicklaus, the very man that stands in his way for the most Majors won, at 18.

During the final round of the Tournament of Champions on Sky, Holmes replied, “I really hope it doesn’t happen, but it’s something I think that could happen.”

“Jack and Arnie did the same thing on the Swilken Bridge when they played in their last major,” Holmes continued, ”and I could just see Tiger thinking it would be a nice way to go out.”

July 17th sees the Claret Jug being awarded for the 150th running of The Open. It may be memorable for much more besides.

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