After a wildly entertaining back and forth between Brooks Koepka and Bryson the last couple months, you now can no longer yell out “Brooksy” in DeChambeau’s direction at PGA events. Doing so will result in an ejection from the course.
All the PGA did was enable Bryson DeChambeau to infiltrate their sport with new school mentality: an idea that if you’re uncomfortable, everyone around you needs to make an adjustment. Well, I reject that premise and believe golf should’ve told Bryson to grow a pair.
— Golf Central (@GolfCentral) August 31, 2021
Here’s another example to prove PGA’s coddling isn’t REALLY about Bryson DeChambeau — they’re pampering everyone:
The Brooksy rule feels new but don’t forget that last year this fan was kicked out of the Players for quietly asking Patrick Reed to sign his shovel pic.twitter.com/0mswtHaNzF
— Dylan Dethier (@dylan_dethier) August 31, 2021
Why would a sport looking to grow its social media presence operate this way? Does DeChambeau being called “Brooksy” or Patrick Reed dealing with excited patrons compromise the sport? No, and if anything they amplify the game to reach young people, who are already on the fence about this game.
Bryson DeChambeau insisted months ago, while participating in “The Match,” that he “enjoyed” the banter. Now, after he’s reaped the benefits on his own social media platform, which has grown since the events with Brooks Koepka, he can’t take it anymore. What a disaster, and it sets the precedent that you can’t bother any of these players without a rule change.
To see how it should be done, look no further than Major League Baseball. Remember when Pedro Martinez stepped into Yankee Stadium and got rocked to the screams of “Who’s your daddy?” Imagine the league stepping in to prevent Yankees fans from bringing in signs or saying something by threatening them with an ejection. Martinez instead agreed that he was getting trolled and that if he didn’t like it, he had to shut them up with his play. THAT is old school and frankly the right way to handle this.
If Bryson wants to shut fans up, he should go win the Masters. Go win the Player’s Championship and see how many fans scream “Brooksy” and fish for a reaction. We shouldn’t expect the PGA to reverse course because they never do on anything, but this rule is embarrassing. PGA is going soft.