Bryson DeChambeau on LIV Golf event: "Atmosphere upwards of like a Ryder Cup"

Bryson DeChambeau made a bold claim about this week's LIV Golf event.

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Sat, 1 Jul 2023
Bryson DeChambeau on LIV Golf event: "Atmosphere upwards of like a Ryder Cup"

Safe to say Bryson DeChambeau is enjoying this week's LIV Golf event at Real Club Valderrama in Spain.

The 29-year-old shot up the leaderboard on Saturday with an 8-under 63 as he looks for his first LIV Golf win.

Speaking to reporters after his low second round, DeChambeau was quick to applaud the atmosphere at this week's tournament.

One reporter initially referred to the major winner as a "fan-favourite."

And while DeChambeau was hesitant to agree, he did acknowledge the atmosphere at the tournament.

"I don't know about that. I think the Fireballs are," he said. "But certainly it was nice for them to show a lot of appreciation towards me, and it was fun hitting some bombs for them, and still, hey, on a tight golf course I'm playing pretty good, so give them a good show.

"The fans are fantastic here. I can't wait to come back for hopefully future years. Looking forward to tomorrow, as well."

DeChambeau also spoke about the LIV Golf 'vision' after his round.

"Everybody's vision out here is to make golf a more enjoyable experience, have that shorter condensed time frame where people can go back home and have dinner, whatever, and not spend all day out here and they can see their favorite players," he said.

"It's the LIV model, what we've always wanted to have since the inception. It's pretty spectacular what's going on in such a short time frame. Very, very pleased with how it's moving."

DeChambeau also compared the atmosphere to a Ryder Cup, too.

"It definitely felt with the chants and everything and the loud music, it definitely felt close to an atmosphere upwards of like a Ryder Cup. It definitely is a different vibe here, but it's nice to have the support of Europeans. It's a little different than a Ryder Cup in that regard. But it was fantastic. Walking up and hearing the chants and everything, I couldn't ask for anything more. It's great support out here, and I love the fans here. Great people."

DeChambeau has played in two Ryder Cups (2018, 2020) and one Presidents Cup (2019).

He could be a potential pick for the Americans in the upcoming Ryder Cup in September at Marco Simone in Italy, but whether or not LIV Golf players  can and will be picked is still up-in-air.

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