It is no secret that DeChambeau has rubbed a lot of people the wrong way over the last couple of years. It has led to him taking some harassment from fans on the course, which the PGA Tour tried to take action against on Tuesday.
Before tomorrow’s first round of the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Georgia, McIlroy was asked about DeChambeau and whether or not he feels any sympathy for a player who seems widely disliked.
“I certainly feel some sympathy for him because I don’t think that you should be ostracized or criticized for being different, and I think we have all known from the start that Bryson is different and he is not going to conform to the way people want him to be,” McIlroy said. “He is his own person. He thinks his own thoughts, and everyone has a right to do that.
“There are certainly things that he has done in the past that have brought some of this stuff on himself. I’m not saying that he’s completely blameless in this. But at the same time, I think he has been getting a pretty rough go of it of late and it’s actually pretty sad to see because he, deep down, I think, is a nice person and all he wants to do is try to be the best golfer he can be. And it just seems like every week something else happens and I would say it’s pretty touch to be Bryson DeChambeau right now.”
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McIlroy went on to say he feels for DeChambeau and thinks the 27-year-old is trying to take steps to alter his reputation.
“I don’t think he’s completely blameless in all this, but at the same time, I think he’s trying to become better and he’s trying to learn from his mistakes, and I think everyone should give him a chance to try to do that,” McIlroy said.
Other players like Patrick Cantlay and Collin Morikawa also expressed sympathy for DeChambeau, who will be looking for his first Tour Championship win this weekend. The support of those two men in particular could go a long way in the Ryder Cup later this month.