The PGA Tour will not follow tennis’ lead and punish Bryson DeChambeau for refusing to speak to the press.
Following his recent boycott, the PGA Tour has stated that Bryson DeChambeau will not be forced to speak to the written press.
Bryson DeChambeau will not be forced to speak to the press or penalised for refusing to do so, according to PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monohan.
The commissioner revealed there would be no punishment for DeChambeau in a statement released at East Lake Golf Course ahead of this week’s Tour Championship, saying: “Obviously, our preference would be to have him talking to the media on a regular basis, and certainly in that instance when he has a historic performance.”
“I believe that human beings and individuals require space, and that is exactly what is occurring right now.”
At this year’s French Open, Japanese tennis ace Naomi Osaka was fined £11000 for taking a similar stance as DeChambeau in rejecting media interviews. Monohan, on the other hand, was eager to dismiss the possibility of comparable decisions being made in golf.
“In any case, we’re going to focus on the player, the relationship with the player, knowing the person, working with them to get to the proper spot, and trying to comprehend what’s going through their heads,” he added. That’s fantastic, but I’m not sure what good it will do us in the long run.”
Since his statements about his unwillingness to take the COVID-19 vaccine garnered enormous public outrage during the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational at the beginning of last month, DeChambeau has avoided speaking to the printed press.
Since then, the 27-year-old has refused to speak to the press either before or after his activities.
Most recently, the American shot a career-best round of 12-under-par 60 on day two of the BMW Championship on Friday, before losing the title in a six-hole play-off to Patrick Cantlay in the final round on Sunday.
As a result, DeChambeau declined all requests for interviews from the written press on both occasions, but did speak to the Tour’s official broadcast partner following his career-best performance in round two.
The 2020 US Open champion returns to East Lake this week after a second-place result in Maryland, which propelled him into third place in the FedEx Cup standings as he pursues his first FedEx Cup victory. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”