Gary Player Makes Bizarre Statement – LeBron James Makes Bryson DeChambeau Look Like Mickey Mouse

Published 10/16/2021, 9:15 AM EDT
Jun 20, 2021; San Diego, California, USA; Bryson DeChambeau looks over his yardage book for his putt on the fifth green during the final round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines Golf Course. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports


Golf is a sport that is constantly evolving like the rest. Of course, if you rewind back to the 80s, a lot would seem different when compared to what it is now. Gary Player is someone who’s lived through that era of golf and he still sees a lot of potentials for the game to reach greater heights. For starters, he thinks Bryson DeChambeau can gain even more distance off the tee!

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Over the years, the distance debate has always been a constant topic in golf. Before the dawn of the millennium, there was a widespread belief that golfers would never be able to touch the 400-yard mark off the tee. However, it has become a reality now. 

Gary Player is someone who believes that a sport will constantly keep evolving with time. His playing days were different but he embraces a lot of changes that happen in the sport. For instance, Player is not against golfers bulking up for the distance, although he does have some concerns about it. 

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 11: Golf legend Gary Player looks on during the first round of men’s golf on Day 6 of the Rio 2016 Olympics at the Olympic Golf Course on August 12, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

The 85-year-old recently sat down for a chat with Golf.com, where he delivered a few ‘hot takes’ on certain topics, such as the Golf vs Tennis topic and of course, the distance debate. 

Gary Player makes a bizarre statement about LeBron James and Bryson DeChambeau

Wait, why is LeBron James involved in a golf story? Did we read that right? Yes, of course, you did. Gary Player felt the need to include the NBA icon during a recent discussion about driving distance in golf. 

Since golfers have already crossed the 400-yard mark, Player was asked if the 500 yards seems like a reality now. Here’s what the 85-year-old replied: 

“Look at people like LeBron James. He makes people like [Bryson] DeChambeau look like Mickey Mouse. Those kind of guys are going to come out and hit the ball 500 yards. I said on British television to Peter Allis, ‘They’re going to hit the ball 400 yards.’ He said, ‘Gary, you’re talking rubbish.’ He told me that with an audience of millions. Well now I’m saying they’re going to hit it 500 yards.”

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Golf – The 2020 Ryder Cup – Whistling Straits, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, U.S. – September 26, 2021 Team USA’s Bryson DeChambeau reacts on the 1st green after winning the hole during the Singles REUTERS/Brian Snyder

In what context did Player make this statement? Is it the fact that LeBron James keeps defying the odds time and time again? Gary Player is indicating that nothing is impossible in the modern age. 

Bryson DeChambeau is a revolutionary. He’s constantly advocating for more driving distance, and a lot of others seem to be picking up on it. LeBron James is an athlete who likes to prove everyone wrong, and Gary Player is hinting at the fact that we might see golfers breaking the 500-yard mark soon! 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at EssentiallySports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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