Bryson DeChambeau States His Affinity for Rory McIlroy; Gets Emotional About His Past

Published 08/23/2021, 7:30 AM EDT
Jun 17, 2021; San Diego, California, USA; Bryson DeChambeau looks over the first green during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines Golf Course. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports


Bryson DeChambeau is one of the most talented golfers on the PGA Tour. However, he is also one of the most controversial players, and since the last few weeks, he has stopped talking and addressing the media due to stern reasons. 

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Meanwhile, Bryson changed the game when he won the U.S. Open last year. He overwhelmed the course with his power game and made a statement to the world that distance is an enormous advantage. And Rory McIlroy, who is probably the best driver of the golf ball, drew inspiration from Bryson’s success. And since then, Rory started to chase distance by increasing his clubhead speed. 

Bryson DeChambeau has high praise for Rory McIlroy 

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Aug 19, 2021; Jersey City, New Jersey, USA; Bryson DeChambeau watches his approach shot on the 17th hole during the first round of The Northern Trust golf tournament at the Liberty National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Bryson DeChambeau recently opened up on plenty of things on OFFCOURSE WITH CLAUDE HARMON. Meanwhile, when the host asked him about Rory, stating that he influenced him to chase distance, it humbled Bryson. “Honestly, I was honored,” said DeChambeau.  

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“He was somebody I looked up to in college and the latter part of high school. He was a dude that really didn’t look that big, and he hit it forever, and I wanted to be like that. I was like, Woah if I can do that that that’d be amazing.” The thing which DeChambeau loves about Rory is that he can generate speed while staying injury-free. 

Furthermore, Bryson opened up about the criticism and hate that he has been receiving. “I got made fun of all the time for being a little different, for caring about the game of golf, for trying to do something different. All the other high school coaches said this isn’t going to work your swing is not going to work,” DeChambeau said. “But you can do things differently if you really wanted to. That’s the beautiful part about the sport.”

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Additionally, he said, all the trolling and hate that he gets on social media doesn’t affect him. He even said not everyone is going to like him, but he will try to be as nice as possible to everyone. Even to those who have been criticizing him, according to Bryson, they all deserve respect. 

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Amey Kulkarni

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Amey Kulkarni is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in mass media. Before joining EssentiallySports he used to write articles on Golf and Cricket on his personal blog cricgolf.

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