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US Open winner Bryson DeChambeau urges PGA Tour and LIV Golf to ‘figure it out’

Bryson DeChambeau is hoping the Gulf civil war will come to an end soon after his dramatic US Open victory over the devastated Rory McIlroy at Pinehurst.

DeChambeau saved par from a bunker on the 72nd hole to inflict more misery on McIlroy, who had led by two shots with five holes to play in the hunt for a fifth major title and first since 2014, but painfully missed short par putts on the 16th and 18th.

DeChambeau admits he is “part of the reason” for the schism in professional men’s golf after joining LIV Golf two years ago and being one of the players who filed an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour.

The highly unorthodox American has often been a polarizing figure. He attracted fans with his prodigious hitting, but scared off others by claiming that Augusta National was therefore a “par 67” for him and trying to convince an umpire to award him a free drop from an anthill know. because they were “dangerous animals”.

His slow pace of play also led to a minor feud with Brooks Koepka, while he was branded a petulant eight-year-old by his equipment manufacturer after complaining at the 2021 Open that his driver was ‘bad’.

The former US Amateur champion was also branded ‘classless’ by Butch Harmon after he appeared to complain about not getting a putt at that year’s Ryder Cup, a match for which he said he had ‘ruined’ his hands preparing to participate in a competition. long drive race.

However, starved of a mainstream audience since joining LIV, DeChambeau launched his own YouTube channel – which has around 700,000 subscribers – and seems to have managed to attract a new, younger breed of fans who enjoyed his relaxed interactions with them while playing at Pinehurst.

And that fan base could be about to get more chances to follow DeChambeau with an announcement expected Tuesday that significant progress has been made in talks between Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) – which finances LIV Golf – and the PGA Tour.

“To be completely honest, I hope we can find out soon,” DeChambeau said. “I hope this can bridge the gap between a divided game.

“All I want to do is entertain and do my best for the game of golf, perform for the fans and provide great entertainment. As far as I can tell, that’s what the fans want, and they deserve it.

“You can say what happened in the past, you know, you were part of the reason…. let bygones be bygones and figure it out.

“Let’s figure out this amazing game that creates so much positivity (and bring it back where it belongs.”)

DeChambeau previously won the US Open when it was staged at Winged Foot in September 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but struggled to reproduce that kind of form and was sidelined for two months in 2022 after ignoring medical advice to compete at Augusta National.

“The low point was after the 2022 Masters,” DeChambeau said. “My hand is broken. It was broken and I had to have surgery.

“I thought there was a chance I wouldn’t play competitive golf at a high level again, not knowing how it would affect my game and my speed and all that.

Bryson DeChambeau screams with joy after winning the US Open
Bryson DeChambeau celebrates after winning the 124th US Open at Pinehurst (Frank Franklin II/AP)

“That whole period of four or five months was quite tough. There were some definite low points. It made me think about many things in life.

“What turned the corner was a week before Greenbrier last year. I put a driver and axle combination in play and that whole combination setup just flipped the switch in me.

“I was going to shoot 61, 58 this weekend. I’m like, ‘Okay, Bryson’s back. How can I turn this into a big championship wave?’.

“So right around that time frame, things changed. I put a lot of effort into winning another major title.”