Bryson DeChambeau says hitting people on a golf course is ‘the worst feeling possible’
Bryson DeChambeau reiterated his respect for spectators at PGA Tour events and said he always yells “FORE” when he thinks his ball might hit someone.
Addressing the Rick Shiels Golf ShowDeChambeau described the angst and embarrassment he feels when he accidentally hits someone with a golf ball, something we could all sympathize with.
The former US Open champion has often been accused of disregarding PGA Tour spectators when his workouts brushed against people.
But DeChambeau maintains his innocence and claimed the last thing he wants to do on the golf course is hit people and scare them.
“The big one was at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, I think when I hit it good. It didn’t hit anybody but it went past the bunkers and into the crowd,” DeChambeau said.
“A lot of the time when we’re hitting shots, if we think it’s not going to happen, there’s really no reason to say anything and most of the guys aren’t on tour.
“You could, because of how far I hit it, every shot say ‘FORWARD’. Sometimes it’s potentially more harmful because people are moving and walking in the direction of the golf ball.
“When I see a ball and it’s close but I don’t think it’s going to hit someone, that’s when I’m like that, they can’t hear me because it’s in the wind.
“I can scream as loud as I can, and they couldn’t hear me. That’s another thing.
“People think I’m not respectful and don’t care about customers or people. That’s the furthest thing from the deal. I’ve hit people before and that’s the worst feeling possible in the world, so don’t worry. I never think I don’t care about the fans.”
The eight-time PGA Tour winner cited examples at the Ryder Cup in 2021 when Scottie Scheffler punched someone in the crowd and when Brooks Koepka did the same in 2018 in Paris.
This can sometimes be the nature of the sport where it comes down to coincidences and bad luck. But if you watch the PGA Tour regularly, you’ll have noticed that a common criticism of players is not shouting “FORE” when it seems like they should.
DeChambeau interestingly explained that when hitting the ball a long distance, constantly shouting “FORE” can disillusion spectators and also distract other players at different ends of the golf course.
“It happens, it’s part of the sport and don’t think at all that we don’t feel bad for it. I hit someone in 2017 in Louisiana, sometimes it’s impossible to do anything.
“The one time I should scream and I don’t is sometimes when I get the most release for.”
DeChambeau is on the court for the Farmers Insurance Open this week in Torrey Pines. He will then fly to Royal Greens Golf and Country Club for the Saudi international in early February.