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What happened to Bryson DeChambeau’s father? LIV golfer’s heartbreaking tragedy revealed

Bryson DeChambeau! The name that has impressed everyone this year with his remarkable play at the biggest levels of golf. Even though he joined LIV Golf and faced scathing reactions from the community, no one can deny his vast range of skills. In the first two majors he finished T6 at Augusta and T2 at Valhalla, and he and his family must have been very happy! But there might have been someone DeChambeau might have missed. His father Jon.

Jon DeChambeau passed away in November 2022, at the age of 63. Although no information about his cause of death is public, his son confirmed one thing: his long suffering before leaving the world. Where was the elder DeChambeau diagnosed?

Bryson DeChambeau’s father’s long suffering

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It was in the 1990s when Jon DeChambeau was diagnosed with diabetes. He continued to feel its effects at their peak for nearly thirty years, and exactly ten years ago DeChambeau witnessed both of his kidneys fail. A year later, when his son, Bryson DeChambeau, won the 2015 U.S. Amateur, Jon was blessed by an old connection he played golf with in high school, Ron Bankofier, who gave his friend one of his kidneys in 2017.

According to NBC Sports: “A year before the donation from Ron Bankofier, who had not spoken to Jon in 27 years before a two-hour phone conversation in the summer of 2015 ultimately led to the gift of life, Jon’s health deteriorated. He said in 2016 that he gained 35 pounds of toxin and fluid when the peritoneal dialysis he was receiving stopped working.

Jon DeChambeau had to undergo hemodialysis very often. He also underwent foot surgery, which ultimately resulted in the amputation of his left leg. Still, he had to cope with his debilitating illness while cheering on his son from a distance. But what events has Jon DeChambeau personally attended?

Jon DeChambeau’s presence in his son’s games

DeChambeau’s father was a golf instructor in Fresno, California. Although it was he who encouraged Bryson DeChambeau to progress in the golf world, he had few opportunities to attend his son’s tournaments.

In his post on his X-handle when Bryson DeChambeau announced his father’s passing, he also wrote: ‘I love you, daddy. I’m sad to see you go, but you’ve been through far too much pain in this life. I’m so glad you’re at peace. Now you can be with me and watch me at every event I play. Thank you for being a great dad and I’ll see you in the next life.”

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During his 2015 U.S. Amateurs, Jon DeChambeau flew for a day in the Chicago suburbs at Olympia Fields Country Club. This was the very first time Bryson DeChambeau’s father saw him play in person. He later suggested during his Masters week in 2016: “Before (2015 US Amateurs), to be honest, he didn’t get to see me play at all, through college or anything like that. But him being here at this moment is special. And it suffocates me.”

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Bryson DeChambeau also revealed during his Masters debut that his father had also not attended any of his tournaments after the US Amateur. Yet he received his father’s presence that same week. According to NBC Sports “Jon managed to attend his son’s Masters debut in April 2016, undergoing rounds of hemodialysis between his son’s rounds at Augusta National.” But because of his foot surgery, he rode in a motorized wheelchair when he went to watch his son play in the Masters.

A few years ago, the golfer shared a special Father’s Day message: “Happy Father’s Day to my dad, who always helped me go further than I thought I could go and believed in me to get through it.” This Father’s Day, Bryson DeChambeau will surely find a subtle void now that his father is gone. But since he believes his father will always be there with him, do you think he can win another major by winning the US Open this year? Let us know in the comments below.