Golf World Reacts to the PGA Tour’s New Ruling in Favor of Bryson DeChambeau

Published 08/31/2021, 1:45 PM EDT
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


Bryson DeChambeau has been attempting to produce winning results on the PGA Tour. He’s been trying to focus hard on the golf course, but fans aren’t allowing him to. Heckling is an aspect that athletes of all sport have to deal with. However, it gets very up and personal in golf, as fans are allowed to stand very close to the golfers. 

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DeChambeau is a golfer who receives maximum hate from the fans. Of course, there are people who laud him after a good round, but the hate triumphs the love. Ever since the 27-year-old got into a war of words with Brooks Koepka, things have turned worse. 

Over the last few months, Koepka’s fans or neutral fans of the sport have developed the habit of taunting Bryson DeChambeau using Brooks’ name. Wherever he goes, fans try to get into his mind using Koepka’s name. Sometimes it works in disrupting his rhythm, and sometimes it doesn’t. 

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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

PGA Tour rushes to the aid of Bryson DeChambeau 

Things got out of hand at the recently concluded BMW Championship 2021. Bryson DeChambeau had just lost a grueling six-hole playoff against Patrick Cantlay. As he was walking up in dejection, a patron yelled “Great job, Brooksie!” out of context. 

Bryson had endured such chants all day, but at that point, he lost his temper. He then gave it back to him and asked him to “Get the f— out!”

Heckling is not something new in golf. However, a lot of them feel that people buying tickets to a golf tournament should not decide the outcome of the event. DeChambeau has been subject to a lot of ‘Brooksie’ chants of late, and the PGA Tour could not help but intervene. 

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan delivered this statement at a press conference at the 2021 Tour Championship. He wanted to set the record straight. Fans are now advised against yelling Brooks Koepka’s name at Bryson DeChambeau. 

How’d the golf world take this new rule?

Of course, opinions were divided. A lot of them supported the cause, while others didn’t. Some feel it’s still okay for fans to try and get into the minds of golfers. In this case, they were perfectly okay with patrons producing “Brooksie” chants at Bryson. 

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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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