Bryson DeChambeau has made his displeasure known when fans yell “Brooksy” as he moves around the golf course at various tournaments. Now, the PGA Tour had decided to step in and do something to limit the heckling targeted at the 2020 U.S. Open winner.
On Tuesday, the PGA Tour announced that it plants to ban its fans from yelling “Brooksy,” towards DeChambeau for future events. That will begin this weekend at the Tour Championship.
PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan announced this decision and said that it all boils down to “respect.” He also shared that fans that are heard yelling the word could be removed from any future venues.
“The barometer that we are all using is the word ‘respect,’” Monahan said, via TMZ Sports. “And to me, when you hear ‘Brooksy’ yelled or you hear any expression yelled, the question is, is that respectful or disrespectful? It has been going on for an extended period of time, and to me, at this point, it’s disrespectful. And that’s the kind of behavior we’re not going to tolerate going forward.”
“Brooksy” has become DeChambeau’s unofficial nickname following his spat earlier this year with Brooks Koepka. The two top-tier golfers traded barbs in the press, and many sided with Koepka, which clearly got under DeChambeau’s skin. Things only intensified once patrons began to yell “Brooksy” at DeChambeau when he teed off at or when he was walking up the fairway.
However, fans were extremely unhappy to learn that the nickname would be banned from future tournaments. Many took to Twitter to express their disappointment.
I understand the motives behind implementing the Brooksy Rule & empathize with Tour's desire to nip it in the bud ASAP. But now it seems like they're venturing down a slippery slope of adjudicating fan intent which – seems like the last thing they want to worry about come Sunday?
— Will Gray (@WillGrayGC) August 31, 2021
Yelling “Brooksy” will get you thrown out of PGA tour events now. 1. That’s lame. 2. Where was this energy with Mashed Potatoes
— Paige Spiranac (@PaigeSpiranac) August 31, 2021
What if they yell "Brooksy" while cheering for Brooks Koepka? pic.twitter.com/eAcWC6yWkT
— Brian Smith (@bsmitty2322) August 31, 2021
A truly embarrassing day for golf. Yikes. https://t.co/3f9D06SZhY
— Riggs (@RiggsBarstool) August 31, 2021
Knew Tiger’s hopeless addiction of adding “y” to everyone’s name would one day wreak havoc. With “Brooksy” we are in the endgame
— Joel Beall (@JoelMBeall) August 31, 2021
The PGA’s decision to crackdown on the yelling of “Brooksy” comes after DeChambeau heard the name throughout the weekend at the BMW Championship. Despite leading by a stroke on the 18th hole on Sunday, the 27-year-old dropped a shot and fell in a six-hole playoff to Patrick Cantlay.
DeChambeau will try to use the PGA Tour’s new rule to lock in for this weekend’s Tour Championship. He’s currently third in the FedEx Cup standings which positions him well to walk away with the win and $15 million.