Bryson's comments afterwards via Will Gray at Golf Channel:
“He was literally watching me the whole entire way up after getting out of the bunker, walking up next to the green. And I just was like, ‘Sir, what is the need to watch me that long?’” DeChambeau said. “I mean, I understand it’s his job to video me, but at the same point, I think we need to start protecting our players out here compared to showing a potential vulnerability and hurting someone’s image. I just don’t think that’s necessarily the right thing to do.”
“As much as we’re out here performing, I think it’s necessary that we have our times of privacy as well when things aren’t going our way. I mean, we’re in the spotlight, but if somebody else is in the spotlight they wouldn’t want that either,” DeChambeau said. “I feel like when you’re videoing someone and you catch Tiger (Woods) at a bad time, you show him accidentally doing something, or someone else, they’re just frustrated because they really care about the game. It could really hurt them if they catch you at a potentially vulnerable time.
“We don’t mean anything by it, we just care a lot about the game. For that to damage our brand like that, that’s not cool in the way we act because if you actually meet me in person, I’m not too bad of a dude, I don’t think.”
Holy SHIT man. Holy shit. I cannot believe those comments from Bryson DeChambeau. I mean I can, but I also can't at the same time. Even if I were a person who hated Bryson (which, contrary to his belief, I don't) I couldn't come up with a more perfect set of Bryson DeChambeau comments than those Bryson DeChambeau comments. What. Is. He. Talking. About? Bryson doesn't want a cameraman doing his job because Bryson might do something in a moment of frustration that could potentially damage his brand? Huh??? Just a preposterous thing to say out loud. Basically what Bryson doesn't want is transparency out on the golf course when that is EXACTLY what we want more of as golf fans. We want to see the real side of these guys, not the #branding side of them. Yuck. The fact that the word #brand came out of his mouth makes me wanna puke all over my keyboard.
And by the way, and I want to be very clear about this, I don't want Bryson to change AT ALL. I want him to be exactly who he is. After those comments some people might say, "Hey Bryson, maybe don't be a big whiny temper tantrum-throwing baby and you'll have nothing to worry about" but I don't fall in that camp. I want Bryson to be Bryson out there, whatever that might mean. If that means he throws a temper tantrum after his perfect calculations fail him on a putt then so be it. It'd be disingenuous of me to want transparency from him and then tell him to stop being himself. And the part of his persona that these ridiculous comments came from? Well I want that side of him too. I want the whole picture of Bryson DeChambeau but that doesn't mean we're not gonna make fun of him or call him an asshole for things like those comments, because they are preposterous.
The bottomline is that Bryson wants all of the positive attention that comes his way (his Ben Hogan hat, his single length irons, being a golf scientist, thinking about the game differently than everyone else, bulking up, hitting long drives, etc etc) but none of the negative attention when he does something off-putting. Sorry my friend but that's not how it works.