Brutal honesty is a part of Paige Spiranac's considerable online presence. She's not afraid to be critical, no matter who is the target.
When it comes to Bryson DeChambeau, Spiranac has shown the polarizing golfer some empathy recently after his stunning final round meltdown at the U.S. Open. DeChambeau was five-under par and in first place heading into the back nine on Sunday before collapsing and finishing +3.
In real time, Spiranac said she felt for DeChambeau. On her Playing-A-Round podcast this week, she again showed a sensitivity toward the 27-year-old's situation.
“He looked like he was about to cry on No. 18, and I know a lot of you guys are going to say, ‘Well, it’s Bryson, it’s karma, he deserves it’,” Spiranac said, via Yahoo Sports. “Whatever it may be, and regardless of your opinion on Bryson DeChambeau, we have all been in that position.
“We’ve all been on the golf course where it feels good, and all of the sudden, it takes a turn for the worst. I never want anyone to feel that way or go through that because it’s horrible, it is truly horrible.”
Spiranac is correct that there is not a lot of love lost between DeChambeau and many of his fellow PGA Tour members. There were definitely a few engaging in schadenfreude as he fell apart at Torrey Pines.
However, she's also right that anybody who has ever golfed, from the lowest of recreational players to the top of the professional ranks, can relate to what happened to Bryson last weekend. Golf can be a cruel, cruel game, and things can change in an instant.