Bryson DeChambeau’s only goal this week is to win the Ryder Cup

HAVEN, Wisconsin – Bryson DeChambeau already took it to the chin this week.

Less than 12 hours after setting foot in Whistling Strait for the 43e Ryder Cup, this summer’s punching bag has been tagged again.

No, it had nothing to do with “Brooksie,” or the print media, or his gear, or his ex-caddy, or COVID-19, or the new back of the South Course at Torrey Pines.

Instead, Daniel Berger knocked down DeChambeau.

“I lost at ping pong, which stinks, to Daniel,” DeChambeau told Whistling Straits on Tuesday of his showdown in the team room on Monday night. ” He beat me. There are obviously excuses I could make, but I won’t.

“I’m pretty sour about this. I’ll get it back.

It was a light-hearted moment when he first met a large print media gathering since the first week of August, when his controversial comments regarding his refusal to take the COVID-19 vaccine sparked a backlash.

It was only part of a difficult and turbulent summer for DeChambeau, highlighted by his public row with Brooks Koepka, the two now team-mates as the United States try to reclaim the 4-pound gold cup. and 17 inches tall that carries so much weight.

DeChambeau and Koepka have assured US captain Steve Stricker that any friction between the two will not cause heartburn this week.

“A lot of this social media stuff has certainly been driven by a lot of external factors, not necessarily the two of us,” DeChambeau said. “We had some good conversations in Tour Championship week when we had dinner and then this week as well. I sat down and had dinner with him last night, and everything went well.

“I think there might be something fun to come here, but I won’t talk about it any longer.”

What this meant was unclear. But what was clear was the abuse DeChambeau suffered from spectators calling him “Brooksie” since May, with the behavior of a few fans prompting PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan to say such taunts could result. ejections.

At times during tournaments, the world No. 7 was visibly shaken.

“Anyway, we’re all humans at the end of the day, and I think there’s obviously a level of, I guess you could say, of control that any human will ever have.” , and you can have a lot of armor and you can protect yourself with the people around you and stuff, ”DeChambeau said. “Of course, there are times when it’s not comfortable, but there are also times when it motivates me. I think this week is going to be an amazing example of that, and it’s going to be fun to be able to have the crowd behind us, power them up and show them what I can hopefully do and what we can do as a team. important.

“This is a team event. I have a brass chest. I took a lot of heat. But I’m okay with that, and I understand that I’m where I am, and it’s going to be like that in the future. I recognize that and all I’m going to do is do my best to show people who I really am, and what people think of me doesn’t matter.

“It’s about the team this week. It’s about pissing us all off and bringing this Ryder Cup back here to American soil.

DeChambeau also said his hands are doing great, thank you. He sparked an uproar when he said his “hands were broken” after undergoing intense training for the long distance world championships which kick off next week. He has been criticized for focusing on long distance competition and neglecting his focus on the playoffs and the Ryder Cup.

No, he said. DeChambeau explained that the intense training took place the week before the FedEx Cup qualifiers and that he had played well in the last three tournaments of the season, losing a 6-hole playoff to Patrick Cantlay in the BMW Championship.

“I put all of my energy into this event, and I think going a long way is part of why I’m so successful and how I could use my length on this golf course to a potential advantage,” did he declare. “Plus, I worked on my rig and put on non-stop.”

DeChambeau said his swing is faster than it was a few months ago and his length could give him a huge advantage over holes 1, 2, 5, 6 and 10, he said. .

“There’s a whole list of holes where it’s going to be a huge advantage, I hope, if I hit it down the fairway,” he said.

Or green. DeChambeau could lead the first for 364 yards, the sixth for 355 yards and the 10 for 361 yardse if the wind is beneficial. And he could destroy the 603-yard fifth, par 5, where he could cut the corner.

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“It was there in practice and I had about 120 yards into this green,” he said. “The guys might just hit it to the left and have a 3 wood or a hybrid.”

That training session took place last week when 11 of the 12 players – Koepka’s wrist injury prevented him from attending – gathered for the two-day reconnaissance trip to Whistling Straits.

“It was a lot of fun to see the team here, a lot of camaraderie,” he said. “Coming here this week, I felt like we were already ready, like ready to go, which is cool. It’s going to be fun to see what we can do and piss off the crowd the right way and get behind our backs and move in the direction we all want to be, which will bring us home this Cup.

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