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Bryson DeChambeau mocks the USGA in TikTok video after blasting ‘atrocious’ ball rollback plan



Yesterday, the announcement by the USGA and the R&A that they’ve proposed a Model Local Rule (MLR) that would “roll back the golf ball” for professional players made waves around the golf world.

Plenty of golf ball manufacturers weren’t happy with the proposal, including Titleist, who called it a “solution in search of a problem”.

Another big name in golf that was unhappy with the possible rule change was former U.S. Open Champion Bryson DeChambeau. DeChambeau is most known for his ability to hit the golf ball a ridiculously long way, so it’s not all that surprising that he’d be against a rule that would prevent the golf ball from going as far as it possibly could.

Bryson famously won the 2020 U.S. Open at Winged Foot by six shots and did so by overpowering the golf course.

In an interview with Mike McAllister of LIV Golf, DeChambeau ripped the rules proposal, calling it “the most atrocious thing that you could possibly do to the game of golf.”

“If you could say I’m the complete opposite times 1,000, that’s what I would be,” the 29-year-old said.

“It’s a great handicap for us guys that have worked really hard to learn how to hit it farther,” he said. “Look, if they do it in a way where it only affects the top end, I see the rationale. But I think it’s the most atrocious thing that you could possibly do to the game of golf. It’s not about rolling golf balls back; it’s about making golf courses more difficult.”

He added: “I think it’s the most unimaginative, uninspiring, game-cutting thing you could do. Everybody wants to see people hit it farther. That’s part of the reason why a lot of people like what I do. It’s part of the reason a lot of people don’t like what I do.

“But again, it creates more conversation in a positive way than cutting it back and trying to make everybody equal. I’m all about equality. I’m not about equity on this front.”

Bryson went further with his criticism, mocking the proposed rule change on his TikTok page.

Manufacturers and other stakeholders in golf can give feedback until Aug. 14, 2023, but it’s safe to say we know where the Crushers GC Captain stands.

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  3. DA

    Mar 15, 2023 at 3:25 pm

    Bryson’s concern is real- take away his drives and people won’t watch him.

  4. Jason Kileen

    Mar 15, 2023 at 11:29 am

    Trying SO HARD to be relevant. Go away tool

  5. Matt B

    Mar 15, 2023 at 11:28 am

    Not sure I care what meathead has to say. Sure is nice not having to watch him spend 5 minutes on every putt this year.

    • Mucho

      Mar 15, 2023 at 2:11 pm

      You care so much about how you want people to hear your opinion on it that you had to say something here lol, you care sooooo much

  6. kc

    Mar 15, 2023 at 10:36 am

    At some point the Saudi’s will grow tired of LIV and brush it away like a fly. Bryson’s rant fills me with joy knowing he will now probably never be allowed back to the PGA due to his mocking. Amazing to me how people can be so short-sighted.

    • funkaholic

      Mar 15, 2023 at 11:36 am

      The PGA doesn’t make the rule of golf. The USGA and the RA make those rules. Bryson is a tool but this has nothing to do with that.

    • Uloohooser

      Mar 15, 2023 at 2:15 pm

      You’re the one who’s short-sighted. There was a time when the PGA “Tour” didn’t exist, either, until Arnie and Jack broke away and created it for the Pros to have a proper Tour away from the PGA organising it.
      It’s also therefore possible that there could be a time when the PGA Tour itself will no longer exist and a a wholly new one will exist in its place that will resemble the GLOBAL, WORLD, tennis, F1, MotoGP type one – and LIV has started it. That’s having more vision than the useless and exclusive, elitist, blindfolded PGA Tour

      • Victor Laszlo

        Mar 16, 2023 at 11:38 am

        Keep dreaming dude

        LIV already has one foot in the grave. Between the Sheik, Norman, Chambeau and Mickelson, it’s a guarantee the second foot will follow.

        The Sheik is already in trouble with the boy who would be King and Norman is in deep stuff with Sheik. Don’t be surprised if Norman’s plane drops him off before actually landing. That might be better than getting butchered like Kashoggi.

    • Jay Monahan - PGA Tour Commish

      Mar 15, 2023 at 7:19 pm

      We’re moving on!

      Amazing how short sighted people can be….

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‘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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