Bryson DeChambeau Found Himself in a Very Puzzling Situation at the 2021 Tour Championship

Published 09/05/2021, 8:10 AM EDT
Sep 4, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Bryson DeChambeau looks for his ball after an errant shot on the 18th hole during the third round of the Tour Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports


Bryson DeChambeau never ceases to entertain. Somehow or the other, DeChambeau always finds himself in the midst of a controversy, be it with the fans or a fellow golfer. The 27-year-old is currently playing at the 2021 Tour Championship where he encountered a bizarre moment during Round 3 on Friday. 

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Recently, the PGA Tour passed a rule that fans are not allowed to use ‘Brooksy’ chants at Bryson DeChambeau since he’s been subject to a lot of heckling. Of course, erratic fan behavior has toned down since then, but something abnormal happened at East Lake on Friday. 

Fans are finding alternate methods to mess with Bryson DeChambeau

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Bryson DeChambeau is one of the unlikely contenders to win the 2021 Tour Championship. He’s trailing the leader by more than 5 strokes, but you can hardly predict the correct outcome in golf. As DeChambeau was attempting to catch up leaderboard places in Round 3, an anonymous fan decided to do the unthinkable. 

Bryson DeChambeau launched a tee-shot on the 18th hole which wasn’t accurate. It went way left and somehow landed on the 10th hole’s fairway. A fan mistakenly identified the ball to be someone else’s and casually picked it up and walked away. 

Spotters tried so long to find DeChambeau’s ball but they were unsuccessful. They finally deemed that someone indeed had picked up the ball and walked away in delight. Hence, DeChambeau was awarded a free drop which allowed him to make a birdie on his final hole of the day. 

Can Bryson win the 2021 FedExCup? 

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Bryson DeChambeau is putting maximum effort to catch up with Patrick Cantlay and Jon Rahm. These two are dueling it out for a place in the history books, while DeChambeau, Justin Thomas, and the others are trying to catch up. 

Sep 3, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Bryson DeChambeau tees off from the 16th hole during the second round of the Tour Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

At the moment, Bryson DeChambeau is T7 heading into the final round at the Tour Championship. The 2020 U.S. Open champion is 9-under through three rounds and is currently trailing the leader by 11 strokes. 

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So Bryson is a bit of a longshot to win the Tour Championship. However, with a miraculous final round, he can certainly increase his chances of receiving a higher bonus. 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports 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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