That deafening sound is the media silence that has descended on the coverage of the “Game-Changer” and “Future of Golf” wunderkind otherwise known as Bryson DeChambeau.
Again, as with Jordan Spieth, my intention is not bash or attack Bryson, for whom I feel a good deal of compassion – after all of that hype and attention approaching the ’16 Masters and the end of his amateur career, he has completely lost whatever mojo he had to garner that focus.
Currently, in his 5 pro starts since the Masters, DeChambeau has finished T4, MC, MC, MC and again this week, MC.
Yes, that’s one Top-5 finish followed by 4 consecutive missed cuts.
And the media has buried him deeper than Jimmy Hoffa.
The first MC doesn’t count towards his 7 sponsor invites as he was eligible for that tourney based on the previous week’s top-10 or better finish.
Since then, he’s fallen off the map. He has 3 remaining sponsor invites for the year and won’t qualify for any other events if he doesn’t make the money requirement… and then it’s Q-School and possibly the Web.com Tour next season…
I don’t know what the deal is, so I can offer no opinion, other than he’s not getting it done.
And sadly, the golf media is as detached from reality as they have been in dealing with other struggling stars like Spieth and Tiger Woods before him.
I read this CBSSports online article by Kyle Porter, for example, with something akin to utter amazement.
I don’t know what on earth Porter is talking about when discussing DeChambeau, but let me give you a few gems and my response to Big T earlier today:
The phrase that stood out to to me came from friend of the blog Tron Carter — that DeChambeau “compresses” the golf ball. After walking with him at Colonial on Thursday, I can confirm the validity of this statement.
But it wasn’t the ball flight or the length of his drives or anything like that that stood out to me. It was the sound.
Oh, do tell, Kyle…
The best way I can describe the sound DeChambeau’s driver makes when it connects with his golf ball is that it reminds me of the noise a watermelon makes when it hits the ground from the top of a three story building. He thumps it…
…It seems unfair that somebody who has molded his career around being accurate can be this long as well.
That’s about all I will give you. You can read the rest of this eye-opening hosanna by following the link.
But I had a couple of thoughts for Big T.
“So BD’s contact makes a sound like no other?” I asked him. “Did you know, Jerry, that he’s currently averaging 290 yards on his drives, which would put him at roughly 75th in driving distance on Tour?”
I’m just wondering what sound the 74 guys who would be driving it longer than DB on average would be making at impact. They must be green with envy.
So, that must be some sound. But come on…
It seems unfair that somebody who has molded his career around being accurate can be this long as well…
First of all, what career are we talking about? He just turned pro last month…
As in, around 75th in driving distance long?
Currently at 56% and 59% in Fairways and Greens hit?
Just to point out, Bryson had enough rounds played, his 56% driving accuracy would have him around 105th on Tour, and 59% Greens hit in regulation… around 195th…
You’ll all forgive me if I engage in some conspiracy theory here in stating that this article must surely have been written about someone else, and someone needed an article on DeChambeau toot-sweet.
Either that or someone’s editor was asleep at deadline, because that article has no connection to any reality I know.
Again, this ain’t about DeChambeau, but about the sad state of Modern Golf.
And what do we have teed up for the weekend?
Only a player with no swing, currently in 4th place, and getting ready for a weekend run at a title…on Ben Hogan’s stomping grounds.
Surely, the wee mon is weeping…
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