‘Everyone Should Give Him a Chance’ – Rory McIlroy Empathizes With Bryson DeChambeau Amid Massive Outrage

Published 09/01/2021, 12:28 PM EDT
Golf – The Masters – Augusta National Golf Club – Augusta, Georgia, U.S. – April 9, 2021 Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy on the 17th hole during the second round REUTERS/Brian Snyder


Bryson DeChambeau has been stealing a lot of the spotlight recently. A lot of it is due to his golf game and the rest is owing to the heckling he faces during tournaments. While it is nothing new in the game of golf, DeChambeau has been constantly targeted by fans. Rory McIlroy recently commented on the matter and rushed to the aid of his PGA Tour colleague. 

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Ever since the beef between Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau began, the former’s fanbase has constantly been heckling the latter. Wherever DeChambeau goes, there’s a section of patrons who yell “Brooksie” at him, just to mess with his mind. 

Hence, the PGA Tour decided to ban these chants. Henceforth, any fan found to be heckling DeChambeau with Koepka’s name will face serious action. This unforeseen rule imposed by the PGA Tour received mixed reactions, with a lot of them calling out DeChambeau for being “soft.” 

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Aug 29, 2021; Owings Mills, Maryland, USA; Bryson DeChambeau reacts after missing a putt on the third playoff hole of the the final round of the BMW Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

Rory McIlroy gives his take on the whole Bryson DeChambeau situation 

Earlier at the East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Rory McIlroy addressed the whole situation before Round 1 of the 2021 Tour Championship. McIlroy maintained a very calm stance on the issue and also protected his good friend Bryson DeChambeau

McIlroy started off by saying that he sympathizes with Bryson DeChambeau and that people should not pick on him for attempting or thinking to play differently. It is a choice that we all have, and that should not be the primary motive behind the hate. 

Aug 28, 2021; Owings Mills, Maryland, USA; Bryson DeChambeau reacts on the first green during the third round of the BMW Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

“I think he’s trying to become better and he’s trying to learn from his mistakes and I think everyone should give him a chance to try to do that,” McIlroy said

“And it just seems like every week something else happens and I would say it’s pretty tough to be Bryson DeChambeau right now,” he added. 

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These are just pure feelings right from the heart of Rory McIlroy. What a wonderful athlete and a competitor to have. McIlroy is unsure if anyone from the Tour spoke up in favor of DeChambeau, but he is one among the first. 

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Of course, Bryson DeChambeau is not completely blameless and McIlroy agreed with this too. However, fans crossed the line on a few occasions and it is not right. DeChambeau is not soft, and only to a certain extent can a human block outside noise.

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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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