Bryson DeChambeau has taken to Instagram to apologise for his post-round outburst at the Open Championship after he blamed his new Cobra driver for a wayward day on the links.
Following his a one-over 71 in which he hit just four of 14 fairways, DeChambeau took a page out of the book of his good mate Brooks Koepka, summing up the day in a short but sweet manner.
“I said it yesterday or a couple days ago. If I can hit it down the middle of the fairway, that’s great,” he said. “But with the driver right now, the driver sucks.
“It’s not a good face for me and we’re still trying to figure out how to make it good on the mis-hits. I’m living on the razor’s edge, like I’ve told people for a long time. When I did get it outside of the fairway, like in the first cut and what not, I catch jumpers out of there and I couldn’t control my wedges.
"The driver SUCKS"
— The Open (@TheOpen) July 15, 2021
“It’s literally the physics and the way that they build heads now. It’s not the right design, unfortunately, and we’ve been trying to fix it, just haven’t had the results yet.”
Dechambeau’s comments ignited a furious response from Cobra tour operations manager Ben Schomin, who caddied for DeChambeau at the Rocket Mortgage Classic. In an interview with Golfweek, Schomin said: “Everybody is bending over backwards. We’ve got multiple guys in R&D who are CAD’ing (computer-aided design) this and CAD-ing that, trying to get this and that into the pipeline faster. (Bryson) knows it,” Schomin said. “It’s just really, really painful when he says something that stupid.”
Schomin added, “It’s like an 8-year-old that gets mad at you. They might fly off the handle and say, ‘I hate you.’ But then you go. ‘Whoa, no you don’t.’ We know as adults that they really don’t mean that and I know that if I got him cornered right now and said, ‘What the hell did you say that for,’ he would say that he was mad. He didn’t really mean to say it that harshly. He knows how much everyone bends over backwards for him, but it’s still not cool.”
It now appears, however, that DeChambeau has had some time to think about his complaint, posting the following apology to his Instagram account:
All eyes will be on DeChambeau in round two to see if he can overcome his driver mishaps. If he starts hitting the short stuff, a low number could be there for the taking.