After Bryson DeChambeau’s surprising defeat at the BMW Championship on Sunday, he appeared to be in good spirits. He posted a video on Twitter of himself addressing the crowd at Quail Hollow with his hand outstretched, and he thanked the fans for their support.
On Sunday, Bryson DeChambeau began his attempt to win the 2018 PGA Championship. His first round was a mess. It wasn’t that DeChambeau didn’t shoot a round that good; he shot a 12 on the day and ended the day with a -13 total for the 36 holes. It wasn’t even that he struggled on the greens. According to GolfStat’s stats gurus, DeChambeau was 12th on that front, putting at -22 strokes per round, which was good for -5 putting average.
On Sunday at the BMW Championship, Bryson DeChambeau experienced one of the most harrowing defeats of his professional golf career. He had five opportunities to beat Patrick Cantlay for the championship and the FedEx Cup lead, but his putter let him down when he needed it the most.
On his lonely trip to the clubhouse after the event, DeChambeau found the fortitude to brighten a little golf fan’s day by giving him his hat.
Bryson DeChambeau suffers a crushing defeat in the BMW Championship.
DeChambeau was the favorite to win the BMW Championship.
He shot a stunning 60 in the second round to seize control of the tournament, but the bomber failed down the stretch and lost in a six-hole playoff against Cantlay.
DeChambeau was one stroke ahead of his American opponent on the 72nd hole of the event. He watched as Cantlay sank his lengthier birdie putt to tie the lead after sticking his approach shot to 15 feet. A hole-in-one would have given him the championship and the top position in the FedEx Cup going into the TOUR Championship, but his putt sailed wide.
Cantlay sank another long birdie putt on the 18th hole to put the pressure back on DeChambeau after the opening five holes of the playoff were knotted. But, once again, he couldn’t reach the bottom of the cup from close range, and Cantlay won.
Despite his heartbreak, the 27-year-old found a way to brighten someone else’s day.
DeChambeau gives a fortunate golf fan his hat.
All DeChambeau wanted to do after a heartbreaking defeat like the one he experienced on Sunday was sign his scorecard and go. Fans had been heckling him all day — as they had been all week — and it was obviously taking its toll on the PGA Tour’s most despised figure.
However, as he stepped off the 18th green and began his trek to the Caves Valley clubhouse, a bolt of goodness hit him straight in the heart.
DeChambeau went up to the rowdy gallery and threw his trademark dark blue scally hat to a young admirer in the first row. With a grin on his face, the fortunate fan couldn’t help himself.
In amazement, he shouted, “I got Bryson’s hat!”
DeChambeau’s selfless act of compassion proves that even if you’re having a bad day, you can still make someone else’s day better.
On that stroll, it wasn’t all love for the fans.
During the final round of the BMW Championship at Caves Valley Golf Club, Bryson DeChambeau meets fans | Getty Images/Rob Carr
DeChambeau’s stroll to the clubhouse got off to a good start, but soon went off the rails.
Another fan on that stroll chose to scream, “Great work, Brooksie,” which is a barb DeChambeau has heard enough of in recent months, as ESPN’s Kevin Van Valkenburg writes in his latest piece. He’s gotten better at dealing with hecklers in the past, but this one got to him.
“You know what? You know what?” DeChambeau shouted back to the fan. “Get the f— out!” says the narrator.
Things might have gotten nasty from there, but DeChambeau maintained his cool and continued going up the slope after summoning a police officer to help.
Every week, no matter how hard DeChambeau works to repair his reputation and win back golf fans, there will always be “Great job, Brooksie” people on the grounds.
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