Rory McIlroy says ‘it’s pretty tough to be Bryson DeChambeau right now’ after his American rival was taunted by fans AGAIN, with boozed-up punters calling him ‘Brooksie’ over his Koepka feud
- Rory McIlroy has defended Bryson DeChambeau over heckling from fans
- American came close to physically confronting a fan after losing a play-off
- McIlroy wants to get rid of the hecklers who have driven him to the brink
Rory McIlroy leaped to the defence of beleaguered Bryson DeChambeau, declaring: ‘It must be pretty tough to be him right now.’
The Northern Irishman believes the Mad Scientist is far more sinned against than sinner, as he gave his backing to getting rid of the hecklers who have driven DeChambeau to the brink.
After losing an epic play-off last Sunday, DeChambeau came close to physically confronting a fan after hearing one too many in the boozed-up gallery call him ‘Brooksie’ — a reference to his feud with Brooks Koepka.
Rory McIlroy has defended Bryson DeChambeau over heckling from fans on PGA Tour
DeChambeau came close to physically confronting a fan after losing a play-off last Sunday
‘I certainly feel sympathy for him because no one should be ostracised simply for being different,’ said McIlroy on the eve of the PGA Tour’s megabucks finale, the Tour Championship at East Lake. ‘It must be pretty tough to be Bryson right now.
‘We knew from the start he was his own man and he’s certainly not blameless in all this. But at the same time, he’s been getting a pretty rough go of it and it is sad to see because, deep down, he is a nice person and all he wants is to be the best golfer that he can be.’
DeChambeau has given up speaking to the press for the moment, and PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan hinted all is not well on Tuesday when he said: ‘Bryson is a superstar but he’s also a human being who’s working through some issues.’
As for fan behaviour, McIlroy added: ‘It has become a little less respectful and I think the culture you see at other sports has fed into our game.
‘The players are held to a higher standard, so why not our fans?’