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Bryson DeChambeau loses sponsor after jumping to LIV Golf series

Bryson DeChambeau finishes a swing

Jun 26, 2020; Cromwell, Connecticut, USA; Bryson DeChambeau plays from the 18th tee during the second round of the Travelers Championship golf tournament at TPC River Highlands. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Bryson DeChambeau this week became one of the latest golfers to leave for the LIV Golf Series. His decision has cost him a sponsor.

Rocket Mortgage announced on Thursday that they have dropped DeChambeau as a brand ambassador.

“Rocket Mortgage has been a long-time supporter of the PGA Tour, both through our role as an official partner and as a tournament host. The Rocket Mortgage Classic has quickly become a fixture on the Tour, with players coming to Detroit to compete, while also raising crucial funds to help bridge the digital divide in our city. Our partnership with the PGA Tour extends to several prominent golfers, including Bryson DeChambeau, as ambassadors of the Rocket Mortgage brand. As has been widely reported, Bryson elected to join the LIV Golf Series.

“Effective immediately, Rocket Mortgage has ended its sponsorship agreement with Bryson. We wish him well in his future success,” the company said in a statement.

DeChambeau has not made any official announcements about picking LIV over the PGA Tour, but his mere participation in the inaugural LIV event caused an issue for him with the Tour and its sponsors. In addition to this week’s LIV event in England, DeChambeau is also scheduled to participate in the second event of the LIV Golf Invitational Series, which is in Portland.

DeChambeau, 28, had to know that playing in the Saudi-backed series would cost him sponsorship money. He and others who joined the new league likely decided that the money they are being paid by LIV Golf outweighs the sponsorship money they would be losing.

Report: 2 more big-name golfers joining Saudi-backed LIV

Bryson DeChambeau finishes a swing

Jun 26, 2020; Cromwell, Connecticut, USA; Bryson DeChambeau plays from the 18th tee during the second round of the Travelers Championship golf tournament at TPC River Highlands. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The controversial Saudi-backed LIV Golf has lured away two more former major champions from the PGA Tour.

Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed have both agreed to leave the PGA Tour to join the breakaway league, according to James Corrigan of The Telegraph. The organization is also close to a deal with Rickie Fowler. Financial terms were not reported, but Corrigan stated that both DeChambeau and Reed would be signing “multi-million dollar deals.”

Neither golfer will participate at the tour’s inaugural event, which begins Thursday. They are, however, expected to take part in the second event next week at Portland.

DeChambeau’s agent confirmed in a text message to Brian Wacker of the New York Post that he would be joining LIV.

“Bryson has always been an innovator. Having the opportunity to get in on the ground floor of something unique has always been intriguing to him,” DeChambeau’s agent Brett Falkoff said. “Professional golf as we know it is changing and it’s happening quickly.”

DeChambeau’s defection will grab the headlines. Not only does it come on the heels of a former world No. 1 making the same move, but it comes just a week after DeChambeau had publicly said he would remain loyal to the PGA Tour.

The Saudi-funded breakaway league has been controversial for a number of reasons, and the PGA Tour has made clear that anyone who joins it will not be allowed to play its events. That has not stopped a number of well-known players from jumping ship, though we know of at least one who will not be.

Bryson DeChambeau has good reason for PGA Championship withdrawal

Bryson DeChambeau finishes a swing

Jun 26, 2020; Cromwell, Connecticut, USA; Bryson DeChambeau plays from the 18th tee during the second round of the Travelers Championship golf tournament at TPC River Highlands. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Bryson DeChambeau announced on Wednesday that he was withdrawing from the PGA Championship, and he had a fairly selfless reason for doing so.

DeChambeau underwent wrist surgery on April 14 after missing the cut at the Masters. He said at the time that he was hoping to return to competition within two months.

It’s been just over a month since his surgery, and DeChambeau decided he was not well enough to compete in this week’s major at Southern Hills Golf Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

“I could play a couple of rounds, but considering I was doing half days and feeling fatigued and tired, four days is a big stretch for me right now. Endurance-wise my wrist is just not able to hold up; it’s still swollen. I’ve got to give it more time,” DeChambeau said Wednesday.

The 28-year-old decided his spot was much better off going to someone who was healthy.

“I want to give somebody else an opportunity to play out here that deserves to be out here,” DeChambeau told reporters.

The lucky recipient of DeChambeau’s withdrawal is alternate Denny McCarthy.

McCarthy has competed at the PGA Championship the last two years, finishing tied for 58th and tied for 59th. He’ll be hoping for an even better finish in 2022, and he’ll have to give DeChambeau some thanks for the opportunity.

Bryson DeChambeau shoots down $135 million Saudi golf rumor

Bryson DeChambeau swings

Bryson DeChambeau denied a report that claims he was offered major money to become the face of the Saudi Super Golf League.

The Daily Mail reported on Wednesday that the Saudi-backed Super Golf League is throwing around multi-million dollar offers to numerous golfers to try and convince them to join the league. The report said DeChambeau is being courted with a $135 million offer.

Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood are among golfers offered around $30 million or so to join the competing tour. Those financing the league reportedly have a $1.5 billion pot from which to offer prospective players.

However, DeChambeau responded to the report via an Instagram comment. He called the report “wrong.”

Numerous golfers, including DeChambeau and Dustin Johnson, are competing in the Saudi International this week. Many of the attending golfers have been asked about the league.

Phil Mickelson has said that pretty much every player in the top 100 rankings have been approached by the league. Some players have stated that they are not free to discuss the league due to signing non-disclosure agreements.

Participants in the new golf league could face lifetime bans from the PGA and DP World Tours.

Photo: Jun 26, 2020; Cromwell, Connecticut, USA; Bryson DeChambeau plays from the 18th tee during the second round of the Travelers Championship golf tournament at TPC River Highlands. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Look: Brooks Koepka trolls Bryson DeChambeau with his golf cart

Brooks Koepka trolled Bryson DeChambeau with his golf cart

Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau put their feud aside to help the U.S. win the Ryder Cup two months ago, but they are looking to renew it for the latest installment of “The Match.” Koepka’s custom golf cart should help with that.

Koepka shared a photo of his cart for “The Match” on Twitter Thursday night. The cart has several decals that feature phrases trolling DeChambeau.

It’s hard to pick a favorite. We’d guess the one that cuts the deepest for DeChambeau is “Let’s Go Brooksy.” That, of course, is a phrase fans used to taunt DeChambeau during events. DeChambeau was so angered by it that he had an extremely heated exchange with a fan and had the PGA make a rule about the phrase.

The hostility between Koepka and DeChambeau was very real at one point, but it seemed like a lot changed at the Ryder Cup. At the very least, we can expect plenty of trash talk during “The Match” on Friday afternoon.

Justin Thomas made hilarious Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka shirts

Justin Thomas Step Brothers shirt

The U.S. Ryder Cup team seemed like a such a close-knit group this year that even Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka got along. When they saw the shirts that were made featuring both their faces, they probably realized they had no choice.

As the U.S. team was celebrating its historically dominant win over Europe on Sunday night, Bryson DeChambeau was spotted wearing a hilarious shirt. It featured his and Koepka’s faces depicted as the characters from the movie “Step Brothers.”

Where did the shirt come from? It looks like Justin Thomas may have had them made. Thomas shared a photo of himself wearing the shirt on Monday. He also posted a close-up of the shirt on his Instagram story and wrote “I think the team shirts were a success.”

DeChambeau and Koepka became known for their animated feud over the past few years. They may not be best friends, but they certainly put their differences aside at Whistling Straits. They shared a hug after the big win, and U.S. captain Steve Stricker made a shocking revelation about the two major champions.

The U.S. team probably knew the DeChambeau-Koepka dynamic could become awkward at some point. The shirts were a great way of downplaying it.

Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau wanted to play together at Ryder Cup?

Brooks Koepka Bryson DeChambeau

Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau have become known for their notorious feud over the last few years. But their issues may have thawed out over the last week.

The two golfers shared a surprising moment ahead of the Ryder Cup and indicated they were on better terms. They worked things out to the point that US Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker said Sunday the two wanted to play together.

They also shared a hug:

That was a surprise.

Koepka played with Daniel Berger and Jordan Spieth. DeChambeau played with Scottie Scheffler.

The real star of the Ryder Cup was Dustin Johnson, who went 5-0 overall. The Americans won so big that you can’t really say they went wrong. But seeing DeChambeau and Koepka teaming together would have caused heads to explode. The two even concluded the Sunday press conference by hugging together in front of the media.

Video: Bryson DeChambeau’s first Ryder Cup drive hits spectator

Bryson DeChambeau drive

Bryson DeChambeau may have been a little too amped up for his first match of the 2021 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits on Friday, and a spectator unfortunately paid the price.

DeChambeau, who was paired with Scottie Scheffler for afternoon four-ball, bombed his drive at the first hole and missed the fairway. The ball struck a woman in the shin.

Ouch.

DeChambeau hits the ball so far that spectators often unknowingly find themselves in the line of fire. That may have been what happened there. Believe it or not, DeChambeau was actually able to get up and down for birdie from that spot.

DeChambeau has had some well-documented issues with fans this season, but the vast majority were behind him at the Ryder Cup. Hopefully that woman doesn’t hold the drive against him.

Look: Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau had surprising interaction

Bryson DeChambeau Brooks Koepka

One of the biggest storylines at the 2021 Ryder Cup is how the golfers on the United States team will get along with one another, particularly longtime rivals Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka. Thus far, the major champions have done their best to prove they have put their differences aside.

DeChambeau and Koepka had a brief interaction with one another in front of fans and cameras on the driving range at Whistling Straits on Tuesday. After they parted ways, DeChambeau turned to the gallery as if to say, “How about that, huh?!”

In an interview with Golfweek’s Steve DiMeglio earlier in the day, DeChambeau said he has had “great conversations” with Koepka recently. He also said he had dinner with Brooks on Monday night and teased that the two could be collaborating on something in the near future.

“A lot of this social media stuff has definitely been driven by a lot of external factors, not necessarily us two,” DeChambeau said. “We had some great conversations Tour Championship week when we had dinner, and then this week, as well. I sat down and had dinner with him last night, and it was fine.

“I think there may be something fun coming up here moving forward, but I won’t speak too much more on that.”

It’s unclear if DeChambeau was just referring to that interaction on the driving range, which was promoted by the U.S. Ryder Cup team and probably scripted. Or, perhaps Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker could shock the world and pair DeChambeau and Koepka together. Though, we have no idea how Bryson would handle a certain chant from fans if that happened.

Look: Bryson DeChambeau has insane long drive practice routine

Bryson DeChambeau

Bryson DeChambeau is preparing to compete for the United States in the Ryder Cup this week, but the 2020 U.S. Open champion will also appear in the Long Driver’s Association World Championship toward the end of the month. We’d say DeChambeau seems to be focused more on the latter, but you never really know with him.

Long drive specialist Martin Borgmeier shared some clips on Tuesday that showed DeChambeau sending golf balls into orbit. His ball speed registered at 205 mph in one of them.

For reference, the fastest average ball speed on the PGA Tour this season was 190.94 mph. Cameron Champ topped the list, while DeChambeau was a close second with 190.72.

DeChambeau is known for having a big drive and swinging out of his shoes. It’s the reason he’s erratic off the tee at times, even if he has blamed his club manufacturer in the past. The long drive event will be a great place for him to test his limits.