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Bryson DeChambeau loses another sponsor after moving to LIV Golf

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 left the PGA Tour for the LIV Golf League in June, and he has now lost a second major sponsor.

On Tuesday, Bridgestone Golf and DeChambeau agreed to part ways after a six-year relationship.

In a statement shared by Golf.com’s Jonathan Wall, the company explained why the partnership ended.

“The PGA Tour is an extremely important part of professional golf, and Bridgestone has a sports marketing relationship with this highly visible series of tournaments,” the statement said. “In considering that Bryson DeChambeau will no longer be participating in these events, Bridgestone and Bryson have agreed to end their brand ambassador partnership.”

This isn’t the first sponsorship that the former U.S. Open champion has lost due to joining the Saudi-backed league. Shortly after DeChambeau left the Tour, Rocket Mortgage announced that they had severed ties with DeChambeau as a brand ambassador.

After turning pro in 2016, DeChambeau signed with Bridgestone. He re-signed with the company in 2020 to use the company’s Bridgestone Tour B golf balls.

Bridgestone still has plenty of big-name brand ambassadors, including Tiger Woods, Fred Couples, Jason Day and Matt Kuchar, among other golfers.

DeChambeau and other LIV defectors likely won’t be hurting for money given what LIV is paying some of its top-tier players.

H/T USA Today

Bryson DeChambeau taking advantage of 1 big difference playing in LIV Golf

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 is enjoying playing in his second LIV Golf event. He is also taking advantage of one big difference between playing in the LIV series vs. the PGA Tour.

Golf Digest reporter Dan Rapaport shared a photo on Wednesday noting that DeChambeau had a full squad of media content people with him on the course. The content recorded by DeChambeau’s team can then be used on the golfer’s social media channels.

LIV Golf does not currently have a TV deal and has encouraged DeChambeau to create/share content.

As Rapaport noted, there are differing circumstances for LIV. LIV Golf is new and looking for all the publicity they can get, which helps explain why they would encourage DeChambeau to create content; that’s free advertising for them. If they had a TV deal, then they would need to work in accordance with their media rights partner, which would likely place limits on what a golfer can do.

Circumstances won’t always allow for someone like DeChambeau to have his full content team follow him around the course. But for now, he’s taking advantage of the circumstances and seems to be very happy doing so.

Interestingly, the restrictions the PGA Tour places on golfers when it comes to owning/creating content is one of the issues that really upset Phil Mickelson.

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.