Bryson DeChambeau hits back at Fitzpatrick's criticism

Bryson De Chambeau Apologises

Bryson DeChambeau has dismissed claims from fellow pro Matt Fitzpatrick that his big-hitting ways are "taking the skill out" of golf.

Five-time European Tour winner Fitzpatrick voiced his criticism of DeChambeau's distance-first approach to the game after taking the 36-hole lead in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

"He's just taking the skill out of it in my opinion," said the Sheffield-born 26-year-old. "I'm sure lots will disagree. It's just daft.

"It's not a skill to hit the ball a long way in my opinion. I could put on 40 pounds. I could go and see a biomechanist, and I could gain 40 yards. That's actually a fact. I could put another two inches on my driver. I could gain that.

• "It's orgasmic" - Norman shares love of Scots course

• DeChambeau outlines his Augusta game plan

"But the skill in my opinion is to hit the ball straight."

However, after finishing his own second round on the opposite side of the Atlantic, where he is playing in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, DeChambeau shrugged off Fitzpatrick's concerns.

Listen!

GREG NORMAN ON RORY, BRYSON, DJ AND MORE!

"I appreciate that comment," said the US Open champion. "It's a compliment to me honestly. A year ago I wasn't hitting in anywhere near as far as I am today. It took a lot of work, a lot of hours to work through the night to figure out a lot of this stuff.

"I would say it actually takes more skill to do what I'm doing, and albeit my fairway percentages are a little bit down, I'm still believe I'm hitting it straighter than what I was last year with the distances that I was hitting back then."

• Lee Westwood questions "no fans" policy

• Ryder Cup star tests positive for COVID-19

He added: " I would love to have a conversation with him about it and say, Hey, man, I would love to help out. Why couldn't you do it, too? You see Rory and DJ doing the same thing, too. They're seeing that distinct advantage, and I feel like it's great for the game of golf."

Making his first competitive appearance since winning his maiden major at Winged Foot last month, DeChambeau is one shot off the lead - shared by Scotland's Martin Laird - at the 36-hole stage.

Share this Article

share-logo
twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
HAS PING MADE ITS BEST EVER GAME IMPROVEMENT IRON? - G425 vs G410 vs G400
Ping
play button
ARE THESE DRIVERS REALLY BETTER THAN EVER BEFORE? – TaylorMade SIM2 driver review
TaylorMade
play button
IS THIS THE FASTEST DRIVER WE’VE EVER TESTED??? - Callaway Epic Speed, MAX & MAX LS review
Callaway
play button
HAS COBRA CREATED THE PERFECT DRIVER??? - COBRA RADSPEED review
Cobra
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

Introducing 'Angry Golfers' - The European Tour's latest masterpiece
New coach but no equipment deal for former world No.1
"It's not right" - Tour pro hits out at English golf ban
Buying or selling golf gear? Check out golfclubs4cash.com
Ryder Cup star reveals he is set to skip Scottish Open

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods: Inside his $41million Florida mansion
The very best pubs in St Andrews
The Scottish Golf Course Emoji Quiz!
24 lies every bad golfer tells
Doug Sanders: The extraordinary life of golf's original playboy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
Denis Pugh’s tips for swinging on plane
Watch
play button
The correct grip will make your swing more consistent
Watch
play button
Get your swing on a better plane
Watch
play button
Get the basics right
Watch
See all videos right arrow