PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan Hopes Bryson DeChambeau Ends Print Media Boycott
ATLANTA – Bryson DeChambeau hasn’t spoken to the print media for nearly a month, choosing to speak only with the PGA Tour’s broadcast partners.
PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan hopes DeChambeau will end his boycott right away. In his annual address to the media at the East Lake Golf Club ahead of this week’s Tour Championship, the FedEx Cup playoff final, Monahan brought up DeChambeau’s rift with the print media.
“Bryson is a star. It has fascinated golfers and sports enthusiasts around the world since our return to golf. He’s also a young man who is growing and evolving, not just on the golf course, but off the golf course, ”said Monahan. “And I would just like to tell you that I consider this a moment in time. I don’t think it will be that way for long. I hope we will return to a regular rate of communication that he will have with the media. But he’s working on some things and he’s going to have my and our support as he continues to do so.
DeChambeau’s silence began in Memphis at the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational after his controversial comments about not taking the COVID-19 vaccine caused a storm. He has just continued his hectic summer during which he split from longtime caddy Tim Tucker; did not speak to the media at the Rocket Mortgage Classic despite being the defending champion and sponsored by Rocket Mortgage; shot 44 on the last nine in the final round of the US Open and fell from the lead to a tie for 26e; created a storm with his equipment business when he said his driver “sucks” at the British Open; was forced to withdraw from the Tokyo Summer Games after testing positive for COVID-19; and face a feud with Brooks Koepka.
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“I’ve talked to Bryson about a lot of things and obviously our preference would be for him to speak to the media regularly, and certainly in this case when he’s having a historic performance,” Monahan said. “I hope that won’t be the case in the long run, and I think sometimes as difficult as it is to contemplate and understand, I think humans and individuals need space, and I think that that’s what’s going on right now.
“When we look at this in the long term, I think it’s something he’s going to go through. He will pass to the other side and he will be better off. But that’s my take on it. It’s not binary, you know, he works at it in a way that he thinks is best for him and he knows he has my and our support.