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It’s no secret that there are plenty of people with a less than positive perception of Bryson DeChambeau.

Now, the former US Open champion has addressed those people publicly.

Shortly after coming within a whisker of winning the PLDA Long Drive World Championship in Nevada on Saturday, DeChambeau released a lengthy statement via his social media platforms.

In it, he appeared to speak to some of the criticism he has faced over the past few years, including his controversial switch to LIV Golf. The 29-year-old is one of the plaintiffs in an antitrust lawsuit filed against the PGA Tour by LIV.

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Acknowledging that “a lot has happened this year”, DeChambeau wrote: “Albeit I understand people’s viewpoint may have changed a bit about me, I can tell you I have learned a lot about life and grown tremendously.

“My faith, my beliefs and character have been continually tested each and every year, especially these past few years, and although I fail all the time, I continue to make improvements to be a better version of myself each and every year.

“I continue to tinker, change and love to learn. One of my favourite lines in life is, ‘you only have one go at the game of life, so why not live a life worth dying for.’”

He concluded: “No matter what anyone thinks about me, I can promise you I will always give you my all. I care beyond belief and want the best for everyone.

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“I hope everyone gets the chance to fairly see who I am one day. I may not do everything right by everyone’s eyes but I will do my best to be a better version of myself.”

DeChambeau also pledged to continue competing on the World Long Drive scene. He finished runner-up out of a starting field of 128 in the world championship at the weekend.

He now travels to Thailand for this week’s LIV Golf event in Bangkok.

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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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