Bryson DeChambeau crashes US Amateur and takes Ryder Cup snub out on retro club!

Bryson DeChambeau rocks up at the US Amateur and drives the 1st green with a retro golf club!

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Fri, 18 Aug 2023
Bryson DeChambeau crashes US Amateur and takes Ryder Cup snub out on retro club!

Just hours after revealing he has been shunned by US Ryder Cup captain Zach Johnson in this year's team, Bryson DeChambeau rocked up at the US Amateur wearing a T-shirt and then drove the 1st green with a retro driver. 

Using an old-school persimmon driver, DeChambeau drove it pin-high on the 346-yard par-4 1st hole at Cherry Hills.

This is the same hole that late great Arnold Palmer drove at the 1960 US Open when he came from seven strokes off the pace to win. 

DeChambeau, 29, turned up at Cherry Hills just moments after confirming "zero communication" with US Ryder Cup captain Johnson.

He spent time entertaining fans with tee shots, signing autographs, and he then met up with Ben James who defeated David Ford on the 19th hole to advance to the Quarter-Finals of the US Amateur. 

DeChambeau, who played in the US Amateur at Cherry Hills in 2012, is one of only three players to have ever won a US Amateur, NCAA individual championship and US Open. The others, rather unsurprisingly, are Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus

The big-hitting American won the US Amateur at Olympia Fields in 2015. 


DeChambeau thought he had well and truly thrown his hat into the ring for a Ryder Cup pick after firing a stunning 58 to win LIV Golf Greenbrier by six strokes earlier this month.

That followed a T4 at the US PGA Championship earlier in the season. 

But the phone has not rung. There has not even been a text, or a DM. 

In an interview with Golfweek on Thursday afternoon, DeChambeau confirmed the last time Johnson said anything to him was the week of his tie for fourth at the US PGA Championship in May. 

That tournament was of course won by Brooks Koepka for a third time in his career. 

Koepka is now likely to become the only LIV Golf player qualifying for the 2023 US Ryder Cup team as a result of coming through the automatics, at least as it stands. 

DeChambeau told Golfweek

"I talked to him at the PGA a little bit. He said, ‘Good luck, play well man. Rooting for you.’ After that, nothing.
"But I don’t expect anything. I’ll be rooting them on if I’m not there. And if I do so happen to get the opportunity to play, I’m there for Team USA and I’m going to give it my full-force effort.
"Problem is, I understand the position that they don’t see us playing enough, so it’s kind of difficult to make a decision, I get that. But at the end of the day, it is what it is and I’ll be rooting for Team USA no matter what."

On GOLF's Subpar podcast yesterday, Johnson told hosts Colt Knost and Drew Stoltz that his six captain's picks will "probably be PGA Tour players, but not necessarily."

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