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Cobra-Puma rep rips Bryson over ‘asinine comment’ and claims he’s looking for ‘unicorn’ driver



Bryson DeChambeau has been making headlines as of late, despite not teeing it up very much on the golf course.

Recently, the 28-year-old told Mike McAllister of LIV Golf that “Technology is not up to par with the way golfers can perform at high speeds,” before it was revealed that DeChambeau’s contract with Cobra Golf had expired at the end of last year.

No longer being a staffer at Cobra allowed Bryson to put TaylorMade’s Stealth 2 Plus driver in play at last week’s Saudi International, and according to a report from Golfweek, DeChambeau was in Phoenix on Wednesday at Ping HQ, where he tested equipment.

However, as Dan Rapaport of Barstool Sports revealed, Cobra and Bryson were in negotiations over a potential new deal. That was until the Californian decided to put the TaylorMade driver in play in Saudi Arabia.

Per Adam Schupak of Golfweek, Bryson was warned that “there would be repercussions” should he use the TaylorMade driver in tournament play, a warning that DeChambeau ignored.

Following that revelation, Cobra-Puma rep, Ben Schomin, told Golfweek: “I wish him all the best, but it’s going to be a struggle just because of what he wants to do,”

A recent comment from Bryson (most likely that in which Bryson claimed technology was not up to par with modern ball speeds), is one that appears to have irked Schomin the most, who pulled no punches when telling Golfweek:

“It was such an asinine statement, especially for a guy who is perceived to be all-knowing when it comes to science and physics, that he said he needs a driver that can be hit anywhere and everywhere across the face and find the fairway.

“With increased speed, demands increase precision. It’s just like a race car. You’ve got to be a better driver when you’re running at 200 miles per hour than you do at 75 (mph) going down I-95. He doesn’t believe that. He thinks there is a magic bullet out there. He’s looking for a unicorn.”

Bryson has seemingly been synonymous with the Cobra brand ever since the get-go, but now it looks as if the two may have parted ways for good.

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  2. another 3 putt

    Feb 13, 2023 at 11:35 pm

    Ask yourself what other impactful things has Mr. Schomin ever said or done?

    Bryson makes Cobra not the other way around.

    • Jbone

      Feb 19, 2023 at 11:12 am

      So true. I guess Cobra expect Bryson to not tinker

  3. saysomethingstupid...

    Feb 11, 2023 at 10:30 am

    Why is it that Berkshire can do things with his driver that lil BD can’t when they were using the same sticks?

  4. Hill Country Golf Pro

    Feb 11, 2023 at 8:49 am

    Bryson has been a POS for a long time. Whether it’s taking every prototype piece of equipment a brand made for you to another brand or not paying hundreds of thousands of dollars back to his early financial backer. He will continue to be irrelevant in every event he tees it up in

  5. Donn

    Feb 11, 2023 at 12:41 am

    Time to grow up. Use your god given skills. Or be Icarus, and, melt, crash, and burn back to earth. Your body can only do so much. Jack was no physical Marvel. Bill Russell won 11 NBA rings but was not quite Chamberlain or Jabbar physically. Babe Ruth. Never worked out in a gym , I think.

  6. noeffort

    Feb 10, 2023 at 6:37 pm

    Maybe Cobra can drop price of clubs 25% since not paying him millions.

  7. Pat

    Feb 10, 2023 at 5:30 pm

    Not sure he has the mentality nor the IQ he professes to have. I think Cobra will progress further without him than with him. Bryson is magic….watch him disappear.

  8. Imafitter

    Feb 10, 2023 at 3:56 pm

    Why doesn’t Bryson go to Home Depot, buy some metal, plastic, carbon fiber, gorilla glue, and rubber and build his own super duper highly scientific driver. If it helps, he could stay in a Holiday Inn Express the night prior to the build so he gets it right.

    • D

      Feb 11, 2023 at 2:16 am

      Because there are no cheapo Holiday Inn Express in Saudi Arabia, he only stays at the 5 star luxury resorts

  9. Daddy

    Feb 10, 2023 at 3:31 pm

    Cobra sucks. Who cares move along

  10. Grant

    Feb 10, 2023 at 3:15 pm

    Bryson is hearing the tune of the world’s smallest violin…hope he’s got a tissue for those tears…

  11. AndyfromNC

    Feb 9, 2023 at 7:14 pm

    The shenanigans, especially publicly, with this dude over the years probably had Cobra eagerly counting the days down until the contract was up. Since he left for LIV I sort of forgot about him.

  12. A

    Feb 9, 2023 at 1:44 pm

    Well, we’re all looking for the unicorn driver lol

  13. Scott

    Feb 9, 2023 at 1:44 pm

    It’s too bad Bryson is a jerk. He’s such a unique thinker and golfer that the game could really use him. Alas, it seems like his personality is going to continue to narrow his influence.

  14. Phil

    Feb 9, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    RIP cobra

  15. W

    Feb 9, 2023 at 12:07 pm

    Put to the sword! FIGHT! lol

  16. Ray Arcade

    Feb 9, 2023 at 12:04 pm


  17. Dunce

    Feb 9, 2023 at 11:58 am

    If this is what Cobra’s public opinion on Bryson I’d love to be a fly on the wall for their internal meetings where he is a topic of conversation.

  18. Will

    Feb 9, 2023 at 11:43 am

    This is great insight here. I haven’t loved Bryson for a few years now but this is yet another feather in the cap of him being a diva. “we don’t have the manpower to deal with him’ is pretty telling. Also he (Bryson) needs to grow up when it comes to talking about your sponsor while playing their clubs, don’t bit the hand that feeds you professor

    He is really the one guy I haven’t missed that has gone to LIV
    Take that back lol, him and p-reed….

  19. geohogan

    Feb 9, 2023 at 10:54 am

    Narcissists will never accept failure or take responsibility.

    It will always be someone or something else to blame for their abject failure.

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19th Hole

‘Never be buddies’ – NHL star hits back at Brooks Koepka following golfer’s heckling



Brooks Koepka, Bubba Watson and Patrick Reed all take part in this week’s LIV Golf Orlando, their own prelude to the Masters starting on April 6th.

So, of course, at Wednesday’s presser, they were asked about their preparations, what would happen if one were to win at Augusta and, naturally, about ‘Cone-gate,’ a recent incident involving Koepka, a traffic cone, and an insult hurled at NHL defenceman Aaron Ekblad. 


Koepka, captain of the Smash GC team, was happy to answer the reporter’s question and had his fellow LIV players intrigued by his revelations:

Q: Brooks, sort of a viral clip from last week at the Panther game, I was just curious what’s your beef with Aaron Ekblad, and did you bring the cone from home?

Brooks: I did not bring the cone. He gave up a bad goal. It was a bad pass in the third. I’m a die-hard P’s fan, and he gave up a bad goal.

Bubba: What sport is this?

Reed: Hockey.

Brooks: Really?

Yeah, it’s all right. Yeah, he gave up a bad goal I think midway through the third, and I just felt like if they didn’t win that game, they weren’t going to make the Playoffs. Dedicated fan, man.

Bubba: What is that cone he’s talking about?

Brooks: There was a cone. There was a cone that was just outside, so I —

Bubba: Were you hydrated that night?

Brooks: Yeah.

Bubba: Now we’re getting to it.

Brooks: Absolutely. Listen, I’m a die-hard fan.

Bubba: Is your shirt on or off?

Brooks: It’s on.

Bubba: I ain’t gonna look at it then.

Brooks: But I’m a die-hard fan, man. When they do something good, I’m the first one to cheer them, I’ll text these guys.

Bubba: Did you not text him?

Brooks: I didn’t text him, no. I did not.

Well, Ekblad has since responded, and told Sportsnet’s Luke Fox that he doesn’t know Koepka and that they will “never be buddies.”

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Brooks Koepka’s coach says he expects LIV golfers to struggle at next week’s Masters



With the permission of Augusta National, the field for next week’s Masters will include six former champions that made the decision to join LIV Golf.

Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Sergio Garcia, Bubba Watson, Charl Schwartzel and Phil Mickelson will all tee it up on 6th April, certain to show that the move to the rebel tour has not diminished their ability to still compete amongst the world’s elite.

However, Pete Cowan, coach to the likes of Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka, says that he is “not optimistic” about the chances of the LIV players at the first major of the year.

In an interview with The Times, the 72-year-old short-game wizard said,

“I’m not optimistic about players who aren’t playing competitively on a regular basis,”

“It’s a big deal. Like any sport, if you’re not competitively sharp you struggle.”

To put that into context, the official world’s top three players have taken part in a total of 21 events between them, with number three Jon Rahm leading the way with eight competitive outings, one ahead of the world number one Scottie Scheffler.

In contrast, 2016 US Open and 2020 Masters champion Dustin Johnson has only played two events since the turn of the year – LIV Mayakoba and LIV Tucson – and the current LIV table leader Charles Howell has done the same.

As The Times states, the most active PGA athletes will have played ‘more than double’ the number of rounds compared to their LIV counterparts come the Masters. There is concern over the level of commitment and desire to win from the LIV players, with last year’s Open Championship winner Cam Smith finishing fifth and 24th in his two outings in 2023, and DJ ranking in 35th and 13th in limited fields.

It may be that it’s money for old rope, but the incentive to appear in one of the PGA Tour’s ‘elevated’ events must also weigh heavily on those that took the big bucks to jump ship in 2022.

Cowan doesn’t slate those that went for the money, agreeing it has to be a motivating factor in sport, no matter what the public persona might say.

“Whether they say they do or not, they all play for money,” he said, before continuing

 “They are selfish and they have to be to be very good players. Ask Rory how much appearance money he gets a year. They all need to get round a table because if someone is investing billions into my sport I’d be saying, ‘How can I accommodate you?'”

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Augusta National Women’s Amateur champ hit with brutal 4-stroke penalty to begin defense



When high school sophomore Anna Davis won the 2022 Augusta National Women’s Amateur, everything went her way.

From charging through the field on the final day with a 69, to seeing leader Latanna Stone finish double-bogey, bogey to hand her the title, the then 16-year-old admitted, “I’m still a little shocked. I literally… I’m speechless. I can’t even fathom what just happened.”

Fast-forward 12 months and the defending champion had a completely opposite opening round, the bad day highlighted with a four-stroke penalty on her opening hole.

In the first round of the ANWA at Champions Retreat, host for the first two rounds of the 54-hole event, Davis twice lifted, cleaned and placed her ball while it was in the rough, mistakenly believing it was ‘preferred lies’ from anywhere.

Davis was then told on the 4th hole that there was a chance the committee would penalize her, but it was only after she finished her round that they confirmed she had lost four strokes, and had to sign for a 9 on hole one.

Chairman of Competition Committees James B Hyler Jr explained, “During play of her first hole, Anna Davis lifted her ball and failed to replace it on its original spot on two separate occurrences. Under Rule 9.4, Ms Davis has been penalized two strokes for each occurrence of playing from a wrong place. Her score on hole 1 will be increased from 5 to 9.”

Davis, who made four cuts from seven outings on the LPGA Tour last season, followed her opening hole with a double at the fourth hole and bogey on the next, standing at eight over par after just five holes. However, she fought back with four birdies and no dropped shots through the last 13 holes, eventually recording a four-over 76, 10 behind leader Rose Zhang.

The 17-year-old told reporters that she had checked the ruling with the group scorer. She asked if the preferred lie ruling apply all over the course and says she was told yes. “I guess he didn’t know,” Davis admitted.

“Aside from hole 1, I played pretty good today,” Davis said. “I hit a lot of shots close. The putter wasn’t really rolling, but I hit good shots.”

“I felt pretty good with my game the next 14 holes after that. I hit good shots. I just tried to forget that the 1st hole happened. All I can really do is have that give me motivation to do well tomorrow and have a good round tomorrow.

I’m playing well so I’m confident that I can do well tomorrow.”

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