DUBLIN, Ohio – For 33 grueling holes Friday at the Memorial, Bryson DeChambeau was serenaded by choruses of “Let’s go, Brooksie,” but it surely wasn’t the incessant taunts that made the second day at Muirfield Village such a problem.
“It was flattering,” DeChambeau mentioned. “They can keep calling me that all day if they want to, I’ve got no issue with it. Most people they think it’s a distraction, but I grew up learning how to deal with that stuff.”
Instead, he mentioned it was Muirfield Village’s thick tough and rolling hills that proved to be the most important problem for DeChambeau who adopted an opening-round 71 with an even-par 72 at the weather-delayed occasion. He was tied for 32nd and was 4 strokes off the lead when he accomplished his spherical.
DeChambeau discovered himself at the middle of a social media storm after a viral video that got here from Golf Channel confirmed Brooks Koepka visibly aggravated when DeChambeau walked behind him throughout an interview at the PGA Championship.
Both gamers appeared to dismiss the notion that there’s any animosity between them in separate social media posts, however on Friday DeChambeau appeared so as to add some context to the dust-up.
“I’ve got nothing against [Koepka],” DeChambeau mentioned. “I’ve got no issues at all. If he wants to play that game, that’s great. I’m going to keep trying to play my best game and when it comes down to it, when somebody’s that bothered by someone else it is flattering.”
Although there have been numerous stories that DeChambeau had safety escort followers who taunted him on Friday off property, he informed reporters that he “left that to security.”
While DeChambeau mentioned he wasn’t bothered by any of the teasing, Jordan Spieth, who was paired with DeChambeau for the primary two rounds, admitted it might be a distraction.
“Any bad hole, someone was yelling it and then any good hole people were yelling, ‘Go Bryson’ almost louder,” Spieth said. “It was like a pseudo rivalry and [Keopka] is not even here.”
The state of affairs has been the speak of the PGA Tour for the final week and most gamers anticipated a loud reception for DeChambeau from the crowds at Muirfield Village.
“I sent Brooks a message last Monday morning when it all came out I said, I don’t care what happens to me for the rest of this week, this has made my week, this is like the best thing ever,” Rory McIlroy mentioned. “There’s certainly people out here that don’t like me, I’m sure and there’s a few people out here that I don’t like and that’s life.”
Koepka then appeared to escalate the tensions with a video posted on Twitter late Friday thanking the followers at Muirfield Village, the place he’s not within the subject, for the help and providing a free case of beer to anybody whose time was “cut short” on Friday at the event.
“What’s up guys, it’s Brooksie. Thank you for the support. I heard a bunch of you were shouting my name at the golf tournament. I know I’m not playing, but thank you guys for the support,” Koepka mentioned within the video.
“If your time was, I don’t know, cut short at the golf tournament today, [direct message] Michelob Ultra and we’re going to be giving out 50 cases of beer to the first 50 people in case their time was cut short, had any trouble at the tournament. But as a thank you for showing support.”