The PGA Tour couldn’t have asked for a better end to the BMW Championship. Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Cantlay finished Sunday’s final round tied for top of the standings and led their battle to a thrilling six-hole playoff. Cantlay took the win after DeChambeau missed a birdie putt that would have extended the playoffs, but both golfers were praised by fans in attendance.
However, those incredible performances were overshadowed by a gruesome incident that took place as DeChambeau left the Caves Valley course.
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ESPN’s Kevin Van Valkenburg described what happened when a spectator referred to DeChambeau’s rival, Brooks Koepka:
Halfway up the hill, something happened that made me feel like we had come to a miserable place in the endless circus that is DeChambeau. A customer waited for DeChambeau to pass, but was not out of earshot, then scoffed at the string “Great job Brooksie!” DeChambeau turned in anger and began to walk briefly in her direction.
” You know what ? Take out the f…! Cried DeChambeau. He had rage in his eyes.
I am very serious when I say that it could have turned ugly very quickly. Maybe not bad “Malice At The Palace”, but then nothing would have surprised me. A rope is nothing more than a polite suggestion when it comes to securing a golf tournament. DeChambeau had heard and ignored this kind of taunt all week. But each has its breaking point.
This latest taunt certainly seemed to be the breaking point for PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan, who told reporters at his press conference on Tuesday that shouting “Brooksie” would now be considered a violation of the code of conduct and could result in expulsion from future tournaments.
“The barometer we all use is the word respect,” Monahan said. “And for me, when you hear ‘Brooksie’ screaming or you hear a shouted expression, the question is, is it respectful or disrespectful? It’s been going on for a long time. For me at this point it’s disrespectful And it’s the kind of behavior we will not tolerate in the future. “
DeChambeau’s feud against Koepka dates back to January 2019, and although it seemed like a friendly rivalry at first, it has since grown more intense, leading to increasingly frequent “Brooksie” comments throughout DeChambeau’s turns. . While Monahan noted that he had had conversations with both golfers about their locations, he also noted that there had been “general concern about the code of conduct at our tournaments”.
“I’ve been to a lot of our tournaments this year, especially since our return to play, and this issue isn’t specific to one or two players,” said Monahan. “I think this is an opportunity to reassess the overall civility of our tournaments and the behavior of the fans and to reset expectations through our fan code of conduct. This is something that we have identified. something that I have spoken with not only to these two players, but to a lot of our players around.
“This is something that I have talked to our industry partners about, and we all agreed that we have to come together and demonstrate what is really exceptional about our game.”
The first test of the new policy will take place this weekend during the Tour Championship. DeChambeau enters the tournament in third place in the FedExCup rankings behind Cantlay and Tony Finau.