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Rory McIlroy ‘sad’ to see treatment of Bryson DeChambeau

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy has come to the defense of Bryson DeChambeau, somewhat.

McIlroy spoke recently about some of the treatment DeChambeau has received on tour from some of the fans. DeChambeau has had an ongoing feud with Brooks Koepka, which led some people to taunt him by yelling “Brooksie!” at him. DeChambeau even reportedly had a heated exchange with a “Brooksie” heckler over the weekend.

Some of that harsh treatment led the PGA Tour to say Tuesday that DeChambeau could not be taunted with “Brooksie” barbs anymore.

Many think the rule is ridiculous and not only will be difficult to enforce, but may also make the issue worse.

McIlroy spoke about the situation. He believes that DeChambeau has brought some of the attention upon himself. But he also feels badly for his fellow golfer.

“There are certainly things that he has done in the past that have brought some of this stuff on himself. But at the same time I think he has been getting a pretty rough go of it of late and it’s actually pretty sad to see because he, deep down, I think, is a nice person,” McIlroy said.

McIlroy believes some of the stuff he has heard from fans crosses the line. He is hoping that fans will give DeChambeau a chance to improve.

DeChambeau has definitely brought a lot upon himself. It’s one thing to be “different” with your methods as DeChambeau is. But when you have issues with your colleagues and call out your equipment, you’re going to make a lot of people dislike you.

Paige Spiranac weighs in on PGA Tour’s odd new fan policy

Paige Spiranac

Paige Spiranac weighed in on Tuesday on the PGA Tour’s new fan policy against taunting Bryson DeChambeau.

The PGA Tour announced that fans will not be allowed to yell “Brooksie!” at DeChambeau. Fans could be ejected for taunting DeChambeau by calling him the nickname of his rival, Brooks Koepka.

Spiranac, an internet-famous former golfer, offered her opinion over Twitter. She called the new policy “lame” and joked that the rule should have been applied to the “mashed potatoes” chant that was popular in the past.

Spiranac also feels that this policy is not helping things and will just make matters worse.

We agree. The more attention you give to the matter like this, and the more you acknowledge it bothers him, the more fans will be motivated to mess with him. Maybe the tour felt pressure to act following his heated exchange with a heckler.

That was Spiranac’s take on the matter. Nobody had a better reaction though than James Hahn.

Photo: Lexie Mitchell via CC-BY-SA 4.0

Golfer James Hahn has hilarious reaction to PGA Tour’s ridiculous new policy

Bryson DeChambeau Masters

The PGA Tour revealed on Tuesday that fans will no longer be allowed to needle Bryson DeChambeau with Brooks Koepka-related taunts. There were a variety of reactions to the news, but James Hahn had by far the best.

Hahn, who plays on the PGA Tour, tweeted that he now will not tolerate being confused with fellow golfers Kevin Na, Danny Lee or Sang Moon Bae.

Hahn and all of the golfers he mentioned are of South Korean descent. His wisecrack highlights just how ridiculous it is that the PGA has made a rule against fans shouting “Brooksie!” at DeChambeau. Lee Westwood also got in on the fun with a similar tweet:

The PGA Tour has set a ridiculous precedent with the new policy. DeChambeau has done everything he can to prop up his ongoing rivalry with Koepka. He was reportedly furious with a fan who heckled him about it following his loss in a 6-hole playoff to Patrick Cantlay at the BMW Championship on Sunday. Had DeChambeau won, the “Brooksie!” chants probably would have been a non-issue.

PGA Tour bans ‘Brooksie!’ chants directed at Bryson DeChambeau

Bryson DeChambeau

Bryson DeCheambeau was not happy with the way fans heckled him last week over his ongoing rivalry with Brooks Koepka, and the PGA Tour is taking steps to prevent it from happening in the future.

Several fans who attended the BMW Championship at Caves Valley Gold Club in Maryland could be heard yelling “Brooksie!” at DeChambeau throughout the tournament. After DeChambeau lost to Patrick Cantlay in a 6-hole playoff, he had a heated exchange with one such fan that nearly turned ugly.

On Tuesday, PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said yelling “Brooksie!” at DeChambeau will now be considered harassing or disrespectful fan behavior and could result in an ejection.

Monahan added that it has been a “long season” with dealing with instances of inappropriate fan behavior. He said the PGA Tour began working on an official fan code of conduct last season.

The DeChambeau-Koepka rivalry has been good for golf, and DeChambeau has certainly done everything he can to keep it going. It’s baffling that yelling another golfer’s name at a Tour player could be considered such a serious offense, but here we are.

Fans will almost certainly find other ways to heckle DeChambeau. He’s the most polarizing golfer on the PGA Tour, and we were reminded of why with the awkward exchange he had with Cantlay on Sunday (video here). He obviously can’t handle everything that goes along with the persona he has created for himself.

Report: Bryson DeChambeau had heated exchange with ‘Brooksie’ heckler

Bryson DeChambeau

Bryson DeChambeau came up just short in what was arguably the best golf tournament of the year on Sunday, losing to Patrick Cantlay in a 6-hole playoff at the BMW Championship. Since DeChambeau is one of the most polarizing figures in golf history, the reactions to his shortcoming were quite mixed. Apparently DeChambeau felt one of his detractors could not be ignored.

ESPN’s Kevin Van Valkenburg described an extremely tense exchange DeChambeau had with a member of the gallery as he was walking off the course at Caves Valley Golf Club. The fan reportedly yelled, “Nice job, Brooksie!” at DeChambeau, who has long been at odds with Brooks Koepka. DeChambeau was in no mood.

Van Valkenburg says DeChambeau “spun around in a fit of rage” and began walking toward the patron.

“You know what? Get the f— out!” DeChambeau shouted.

DeChambeau motioned for a police officer to confront the fan and then continued on his way. He was so furious that Van Valkenburg said it would not have been a surprise if the situation turned extremely ugly. Fortunately, it did not.

DeChambeau tried to handle the brutal defeat gracefully. Just before his confrontation with the fan, he handed a young boy his hat.

It’s tough to feel sorry for DeChambeau. You can understand why he was on edge after losing a tournament in which he shot 27-under, but he has — whether willingly or not — turned himself into a heel. While he heard people shouting “Brooksie!” all weekend because of the way he and Koepka have trolled each other, that is only part of the story.

DeChambeau, with his surreal swing speed and unique approach to the game, has an arrogance about him. We saw it with some of his club twirls on Sunday that would have rivaled the most aggressive bat flips in MLB history. There was also a tense moment where he scolded Cantlay for moving as Bryson was about to hit a shot (video here). And let’s not forget about how he openly bashed his club manufacturer after struggling at The Open Championship this year.

The DeChambeau-Koepka rivalry has been good for golf, and DeChambeau has certainly done everything he can to keep it going. If being heckled about the feud bothers him, he has no one to blame but himself.

Video: This is the putt that finally won Patrick Cantlay the BMW Championship

Patrick Cantlay

Patrick Cantlay won the BMW Championship on Sunday at Owings Mills, Md. after edging Bryson DeChambeau on the sixth playoff hole.

DeChambeau and Cantlay kept going back-and-forth in a sudden-death playoff, with neither player able to get the edge. DeChambeau had numerous opportunities to win the tournament but kept barely missing his putts.

Finally, it was Cantlay who got the upper hand by sinking a birdie putt on the sixth playoff hole. This was the putt that won him the tournament:

DeChambeau had an opportunity to match but missed his putt, giving Cantlay the win.

Cantlay has now won his third PGA Tour event since October. Interestingly, he also had to win a playoff to capture the Memorial in June, when he beat Collin Morikawa.

Cantlay said he was “finally starting to putt like me again.”

He also lauded the fans, calling them “awesome” and saying it was great to have them at the event.

Maybe this was some justice after DeChambeau complained about Cantlay’s behavior.

Video: Patrick Cantlay drains long birdie to force playoff with Bryson DeChambeau

Patrick Cantlay putt

Patrick Cantlay and Bryson DeChambeau put on a show during the final round of the BMW Championship on Sunday, and the most clutch shot of the day came on the 18th green.

Cantlay needed to birdie the final regulation hole of the tournament to tie DeChambeau at 27-under. He was barely clinging to life when he left himself more than 20 feet for his birdie, but he buried it with a $1.71 million payday on the line. Here’s the putt:

DeChambeau then missed his putt to finish with a par, which left both golfers at 27-under and forced a sudden death playoff.

Golf fans couldn’t have asked for more in the second-to-last PGA Tour event of the year. There was even some drama when DeChambeau scolded Cantlay a few holes earlier for walking as DeChambeau was addressing a shot. You can see that video here.

Video: Bryson DeChambeau scolds Patrick Cantlay for walking during shot

Bryson DeChambeau

Bryson DeChambeau is considered by many to be one of the greatest golf villains of all time, and he added to that reputation with a tense moment during the final round of the BMW Championship on Sunday.

DeChambeau and Patrick Cantlay were paired together at Caves Valley Golf Club in Maryland after they were co-leaders through 54 holes. They battled back and forth all day. As DeChambeau was about to hit his second shot on the 14th hole, he became distracted by Cantlay walking in his periphery. He backed off the ball and sternly asked Cantlay to stop moving.

Here’s the video:

Cantlay wasn’t rattled. He went on to birdie the 14th to keep things tight. He also made par on the 17th after hitting his tee shot in the water.

DeChambeau rubs a lot of people on the PGA Tour the wrong way, though we’re most familiar with his ongoing feud with Brooks Koepka. While he’s certainly not the only golfer who wants quiet and calm during his shots, it’s rare to see someone call out their playing partner like that.

Paulina Gretzky, Dustin Johnson have set wedding date, location

Dustin Johnson Paulina Gretzky

Eight years after getting engaged, Dustin Johnson and Paulina Gretzky finally have a wedding date.

Gretzky recently sent her bridesmaids gift baskets that contained save the date cards. The cards revealed that the couple have a date set for the wedding, as well as a location. The two will be getting married at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee.

Blackberry Farm is a 5-star luxury hotel and resort. They even have a brewery on the property, which covers over 4,200 acres.

Johnson and Paulina met in 2009 but did not begin dating until 2013. They got engaged seven months after dating but have been engaged for years, saying they were not in a hurry to get married. They have two sons together.

Gretzky and Johnson went through a rocky period in their marriage a few years ago after some cheating rumors but appear to have gotten past that.

Johnson won the Masters last year, marking his second career major win. The 37-year-old has 24 career PGA Tour wins.

Cameron Smith shares why missing out on $15 million prize would not bother him

Cam Smith

Cameron Smith is squarely in the hunt to win the FedEx Cup, as he is third in the standings heading into the BMW Championship this week. The winner of the FedEx Cup will earn a $15 million bonus, but Smith apparently is not all that motivated by the massive prize.

Smith, who lost to Tony Finau in a playoff at the Northern Trust on Monday, was asked this week what he would do if he won the $15 million FedEx Cup bonus. You might be surprised by his response.

“I don’t know. I’m pretty set, to be honest,” Smith said, via Dylan Dethier of Golf Magazine. “I’m good. I’m good with what I’ve got. I don’t know what I’d do, to be honest. Maybe (buy) some more fishing equipment.”

That is certainly a refreshing, if not unexpected, take from Smith. It also speaks to how much money the 28-year-old Australian has made during his golf career. Smith has more than $17 million in career earnings on the course. That doesn’t take into account any endorsement deals he has, so you can understand why he feels comfortable with his financial situation.

Smith has quickly become a fan favorite on the PGA Tour. He and his fantastic mullet were locked in while setting a course record at Liberty National on Saturday. His indifference to the $15 million FedEx Cup prize will probably add to his popularity.