2021 British Open: Bryson DeChambeau still trying to figure out The Open Championship


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What did Bryson say at the Open?

After Bryson DeChambeau lamented a bad opening round at The Open by saying his driver "sucks", a representative from his club manufacturer, Cobra, called his comments "stupid" and likened him to an eight-year-old. Sky SportsThe 149th Open: Bryson DeChambeau apologises after Cobra hit back at 'driver sucks' comments

What did Dechambeau say about his driver?

DeChambeau, who has packed on roughly 30 pounds of muscle and become the longest hitter on the PGA Tour, said his driver "sucks" after he found just four of 14 fairways in his one-over-par start at Royal St. George's on Thursday. ... "I sucked today, not my equipment," DeChambeau said on Instagram late on Thursday. ReutersDeChambeau apologises for Cobra driver comments

What did Bryson say about Cobra?

[Bryson] knows it.” In his subsequent apology, DeChambeau described his post-round comments as “very unprofessional” and said the team at Cobra was “like family to me, especially Ben Schomin.” “I deeply regret the words I used earlier,” he wrote. “I am relentless in pursuit of improvement and perfection. The Washington PostBryson DeChambeau apologizes after sharp rebuke from Cobra exec over criticism of driver

What is the cut for the British Open?

The British Open follows the same rules as the PGA Championship, making them the two most forgiving of golf's four majors. The top 60 players (plus ties) make the cut at the U.S. Open. Only the top 50 (plus ties) make the cut at the Masters. Sporting NewsBritish Open cut line 2021: Final cut, rules, updates for Friday's leaderboard

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Bryson DeChambeau's Act Is Tired

The Big Lead 17 July, 2021 - 03:00pm

This was just the latest example of DeChambeau being unbearable. A player who could be incredibly fun can't seem to have any on the course or off of it. His attitude is awful and he has absolutely no self-awareness. His entire schtick, which was kind of quirky a year ago, has gotten tired.

After the COVID-19 pandemic shut down golf last year, DeChambeau went to work. He gained a significant amount of bulk and when the tour resumed, he showed up blasting drives that left onlookers stunned. I wanted to like him. He was a crazy man who gained weight so he could hit bombs and shrink courses. He basically made himself into Happy Gilmore. A guy like that should be a ton of fun. DeChambeau is anything but.

While squeezing into shirts that are far too small for his new frame, DeChambeau has argued with rules officials, confronted a cameraman for doing his job, had spectators thrown out of tournaments, blamed his poor performance at the Masters on his caddie, broke up with his caddie, and continued a feud with Brooks Koepka that he's definitely losing. There is absolutely nothing likable about this guy. Anyone who wears a flat cap unironically should never take themselves this seriously.

Other than close relatives, I'm not sure DeChambeau has any actual fans. He's fully drifted into Patrick Reed territory where everyone is just waiting to be annoyed by him again.

And he's actually good. He won the 2020 U.S. Open by six strokes and has three total wins since bulking up. But for every good thing he's done there are a dozen meltdowns, screw-ups or instances where he's blamed someone or something else for his troubles.

DeChambeau should be one of the most popular guys on tour, instead he's a pariah and it's all because of his wretched attitude.

After driver drama, Bryson DeChambeau's putter saves the day as American makes the cut

Daily Mail 17 July, 2021 - 03:00pm

By Matt Hughes For The Daily Mail

For once Bryson DeChambeau let his clubs do the talking.

At the end of an unusually cautious, calculating round the talk of the course was left with two tricky putts for par to stay in The Open, holding his nerve to extend his sojourn in Sandwich for the weekend.

The beefy American may have wanted to hurl his driver in the North Sea on Thursday, but his putter did not let him down when it mattered on Friday.

After driver drama on day one, Bryson DeChambeau's putting did the talking at Sandwich

The American was involved in a public spat with club supplier Cobra over his equipment

DeChambeau had played with commendable restraint by his standards, focusing on finding fairways rather than aiming booming drives to the greens, and may need to display more of those characteristics over the coming days given the pile-on from the locker room that has followed his public row with Cobra, his club supplier.

Unsurprisingly Brooks Koepka could not resist stirring the pot by announcing, ‘Drove the ball well, love my driver,’ but DeChambeau’s great rival was not the only one who went for him. 

Justin Thomas mocked the so-called Mr Science’s predilection for lightning-fast swings and claims to have recalibrated the art of driving — ‘Never would’ve thought swinging at 135-plus mph it’d be hard to drive it straight. You’d think Mr Physics would know that!’ he wrote on Instagram, while Dylan Frittelli chipped in by referencing the old trope about whether man or machine is the key to straight shooting. ‘Indians and arrows again?!’ he wrote sarcastically.

DeChambeau is golf’s gift that keeps on giving, so his battling performance to post the one over par needed to make the cut is a boon for all concerned. The 27-year-old had looked to be heading home early after posting three bogeys in the first four holes to drift to three over, but battled back over the back nine to finish level par for the second round, one over the Championship.

DeChambeau’s day had begun with some booing on the first tee, but the warm applause that greeted his final shot on the 18th indicted it had been of the pantomime variety.

The support seemed to be appreciated as he lingered before returning to the clubhouse, throwing a glove and balls to young fans, equipment that not even he could be dissatisfied with.

DeChambeau was met by a chorus of boos at the start of the day and began the day poorly

However, the 27-year-old rallied on the back nine to make the cut for this weekend's action 

After his round, DeChambeau admitted he felt ‘really bad’ about the outburst which had led to a war of words with his club manufacturer.

‘I made a mistake and as time goes on I’ll look back on this as a growing moment for me personally,’ he said.

‘Hopefully I can make the right things go on from here on out in regards to that because I didn’t mean it, I was in a heated situation and feel really bad about it.’

Of his relationship with Cobra, the 2020 US Open champion added: ‘They’re fine. It’s one of those things in the moment.’

Elsewhere, Phil Mickelson made an early exit after a dreadful week at the Open Championship

If DeChambeau’s golf looked pedestrian by his often thrilling standards, he was not helped by being paired with Jordan Spieth, who carded a 67 to remain firmly in contention at three shots off the lead, but Phil Mickelson would have settled for the humdrum after his nightmare two days.

The 51-year-old was unable to overturn the 10-shot deficit he had created for himself on Thursday and missed the cut, the second time he has done so in five tournaments following his US PGA triumph two months ago. It took until the 11th hole for him to make his first birdie of the week and only two more followed.

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