Brooks Koepka interview interrupted by Bryson DeChambeau
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PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monohan has confirmed Bryson DeChambeau will not be forced to speak to the print media, or punished for his refusal to interview.
In a statement at East Lake Golf Course ahead of this week’s Tour Championship, the commissioner revealed there would be no punishment for DeChambeau, saying: “Obviously our preference would be to have him talking to the media on a regular basis, and certainly in that instance when he has a historic performance.
“I think human beings and individuals need some space, and I think that’s what’s going on right now.”.
Japanese Tennis star Naomi Osaka was fined £11000 at this year’s French Open, after she took a similar approach to DeChambeau in refusing media interviews. However, Monohan was quick to rule out that any sort of similar decisions would not be incorporated in golf.
He added: “In any instance we’re always going to focus on the player, the relationship with the player, understanding the player, trying to work with them to get to the right place and try and understand what’s going through their heads. A fine, I’m not sure what that is going to do for us in the long run.”.
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DeChambeau has boycotted speaking to the written press since the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational at the beginning of last month, after his comments about his refusal to take the COVID-19 vaccine drew widespread public backlash.
Since then, the 27-year-old has denied speaking to any form of print media either before, or after his events.
Most recently, the American set a new-career best round on day two of the BMW Championship on Friday, having carded a 12-under-par 60, before dramatically losing out on the title in a six-hole play-off to Patrick Cantlay in Sunday’s final round.
As a result, on both momentous occasions DeChambeau once again ignored any request from the written press for interview, but did however speak to the Tour’s official broadcast partner following his career-best showing in round two.
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The 2020 US Open champion heads to East Lake this week on the back of his second place finish in Maryland, which saw him climb into third in the FedEx Cup rankings as he hunts down his first ever FedEx Cup
With the final event of the campaign implementing a staggered stroke start, DeChambeau will begin the week seven-under-par, three shots behind leader – and last week’s play-off opponent – Cantlay who will lead the field on 10-under.
The 27-year-old will head out in the penultimate group of the day in round one, as he joins World No. 1 Jon Rahm on the first tee at 6:50pm BST.
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