Memphis, Tenn. – As if Bryson Dechambeau didn’t have enough work these days.
On Friday, the eight-time PGA Tour winner was called by two European Tour pros on Twitter for failing to shout “Four!” After hitting the mistaken tee at WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.
Shouting “Fore!” It is a standard practice intended to warn spectators that a ball may be in their path and to take cover.
Richard Bland, 48, an Englishman who was the 36-hole leader at this year’s US Open and earlier won his first European Tour at the British Masters, He was critical of DeShambo Thursday – the day Dechambeau hit 11 of 14 lanes and shot 65.
Bryson attacks the crowd again off a tee and doesn’t shout ‘immediately.’ Maybe someone needs a grave injury to learn.
Three-time European Tour winner Eduardo Molinari, 40, who is the older brother of 2018 Open champion Francesco Molinari, was also perturb. His tweets also came with a video of DeChambeau dancing on the 18th hole.
“It shouldn’t be firm to understand that you should forever yell ‘lead’ when you’re shooting in crowds,” Molinari tweeted. “When is someone going to do something about this? Hopefully prior the spectator gets seriously injured!”
Neither Bland nor Molinary are in the WGC field and commented following watching them on TV.
DeChambeau isn’t the only player called up for this. It’s a frequent source of anger in the game, one that appeared at The Open final month, when DeChambeau was asked at a pre-tournament press conference.
DeChambeau said, “I’m yelling up fore. I don’t know what you’re talking about. There’s a lot of people in the tee box yelling up fore. You’re bringing up something controversial, which is unfortunate, but I do it 99% of the time, and unfortunately people think I don’t.” That. But that’s fine, they can say whatever they want.”
(It’s also sincere to point out that because of the ball’s distance at DeChambeau and the other pros, their screams may not be heard 350 yards down the fairway; however, the idea is that the others will also shout a warning when the player does.)
DeChambeau wasn’t asked about it following his Friday round, a 4-under-par 66 at TPC Southwind that put him in a tie for seventh, four shots behind second-round leader Harris English.
It’s been about two months for DeChambeau. He shot 44 over the final nine holes at the US Open to destroy a chance to protect his title; He broke off from his longtime caddy, Tim Tucker, at the Rocket Mortgage Classic and then missed the chance; At The Open, he said his driver was “bad” and partly blamed the club for a disappointing opening round, only to have his kit maker and endorser, Cobra, publicly reprimanded him for the comments.
Two weeks ago, DeChambeau tested positive for COVID-19, which knocked him out of the Olympics.
Earlier this week at TPC Southwind, he explained his ordeal for COVID-19 and admitted he had not been vaccinated, considering there were not enough doses.
“I’m young enough, I’d rather donate it a go [the vaccine] to the people who need it. “I don’t need it. I’m a healthy young man and will persevere to work on my health. I don’t think taking the vaccine away from someone who needs it is a pleasing thing.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there is no shortage of vaccines in the United States.
DeChambeau, who admitted he lost 8 to 10 pounds while recovering from COVID-19, received a vast backlash for the comments.
He will play the third round of WGC-St. Jude Invitational with Louis Oosthuizen and departs at 1:30 PM ET.