Bromance boils once in a pause.
Speaking to reporters at the LIV Golf event in Trump Bedminster, NJ over the weekend, Bryson Dechambeau expressed his great respect for Tiger Woods, who has criticized the innovative round of golf backed by the Saudis. However, he noted that their rapprochement has dissipated and the two have not continued since DeChambeau left the PGA Tour for LIV, in a deal allegedly worth more than $125 million.
“I have absolute respect for what he would say. For me personally, to be my own person, I will work even harder to prove the fact that I am worth the price,” DeChambeau said, according to Sports Illustrated.
“We were pretty close and unfortunately didn’t talk, one day we’ll do it again, and I’m always open to having a conversation with anyone.
“I don’t have a problem with that and I hope we can see her face to face.”
DeChambeau continued on Woods: “It’s his legacy. I totally get it. It’s just a little muddy at the moment.”
Last month, at The Open, Woods offloaded LIV mock head Greg Norman, and the promotion itself.
“I think that’s the right thing,” Woods said of Norman receiving a black award from the Major. “Greg has done some things that I don’t think are in the best interest of our game, and maybe we’ll go back to the most historic and traditional place in our sport.
“I know Greg tried to do it back in the early ’90s. It didn’t work then, and he’s trying to make it work now. I still don’t see how that’s in the interest of the game. I know what the PGA Tour is for and what we did and what the Tour gave us – the ability to follow Our career and earning for what we get and the trophies we were able to play for and the history that was part of this game.”
Woods said he believes the players who joined LIV “turned their backs” on the PGA Tour, which got them where they were.
“The players who chose to go to the LIV and play there, I don’t get along with,” Woods said. “I think what they did was they turned their backs on what allowed them to get into that position. Some players haven’t even had a chance to experience that – they’ve gone from the amateur ranks straight to that organization and they haven’t really had the chance to play here and what it feels like to play on a tour schedule or Play in some big events.
“And who knows what will happen in the near future with the global points, the criteria for entering the major tournaments? The governing bodies will have to find out. Some of these players may not get the chance to play in the major tournaments. This is the possibility that some players will never get the chance to play in a major tournament, and they’ll never get a chance to experience this here, walking the trails at the Augusta National. That, to me, I just don’t get it.”