Brooks Koepka interview interrupted by Bryson DeChambeau
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Support for Bryson DeChambeau continues among fellow professionals’ as the American golfer fell subject to more crowd heckling, this time at the BMW Championship.
Since DeChambeau’s long ongoing feud with fellow American golfer Brooks Koepka, the 27-year-old has been the victim of a number of crowd heckles across this year’s PGA Tour campaign and this week’s FedEx Cup play-off at Caves Valley has been no different.
DeChambeau’s day three playing partner Patrick Cantlay and former college teammate Harry Higgs were the latest to condemn the gallery shouts following yesterday’s third round that saw DeChambeau share the Saturday lead alongside Cantlay.
Following an impressive day three that saw him shoot a six-under-par 66 in Maryland, Cantlay spoke about the electric atmosphere that both himself and DeChambeau found themselves in on Saturday.
He said: “The fans are amped up, Balls are going everywhere, and they’re yelling, and there’s a lot of long walks with fans right on you in between holes, and they’re just amped up and having a good time.”
Despite the crowd’s excitement, the world number 10 did reveal that there was a small minority on the back of his playing partner, something they both found a distraction.
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Cantlay added: “It can be a distraction if you let it, and so I just try and get in my own world and do my own thing.”
As well as the tournament’s joint leader, one other Tour pro who also showed his backing for DeChambeau was former college teammate Higgs.
Following his one-under 71 in Saturday’s third round the 29-year-old showed his support for his fellow Southern Methodist University graduate, and condemned those shouting the heckles from the gallery.
He said: “I think it’s wildly inappropriate what goes on, The he and Brooks thing, I don’t really understand it … and neither one of them has acted as they should at times, but you know, no one’s perfect, either.
“I watched Memphis and it affected Harris, it affected Bryson, and I don’t understand why someone who buys a ticket to an event thinks that they get to have a hand in how it plays out, and there’s starting to be a few too many people who are doing that, and then a lot of those people are following Bryson.
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Higgs added: “It’s not in the spirit of the game, it’s not how any of us grew up, it’s not how any of us were ever told to act while at a golf course or competing.”
The DeChambeau crowd controversy comes just weeks after this month’s WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, where once again the notorious long hitter fell victim to a number of ‘Brooksy’ taunts throughout his final round.
DeChambeau’s playing partner that day was Ryder Cup hopeful Harris English, and like Higgs he shared his support for his fellow American following the crowd heckling.
English commented: “It kind of sucks, and obviously he hears it, and it affects him a little bit and he doesn’t like it, and I think that causes them to do it more. It just sucks that that’s out here right now, that they’re trying to irk people like that. It’s just unfortunate.”
DeChambeau and Cantlay will restart their charge for the BMW Championship title when they head out as the final pair in today’s final round at 7:55pm BST.
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