Bryson DeChambeau embroiled in second controversy after Covid vaccine comments

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After revealing that he had refused the vaccine against the coronavirus last week, golfing star Bryson DeChambeau found himself wrapped up in further controversy at the WGC Fed-Ex St. Jude Invitational after once again failing to shout fore.

DeChambeau made his return to the golf course for the first time in three weeks at the World Golf Championship, after he missed the chance to represent his nation at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games as he tested positive for Covid-19.

Ahead of his return last week the 27-year-old once again threw his name into the spotlight after he revealed he had refused the vaccine against the coronavirus when offered because ‘It doesn’t stop you from getting the virus’ and he didn’t want to ‘stop those from who needed it getting it’.

As to be expected many questioned DeChambeau’s vaccine stance ahead of his outing in Memphis, however this controversy would only be the start in an up-and-down week for the eight-time PGA Tour winner.

The American’s next downfall would come on the second day of last week’s event at TPC Southwind, as the notorious hard-hitting driver was seen firing his tee shot on the par four, 18th way right into a group of spectators without the shout of fore as a warning signal.

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As a result, both golf fans and fellow professionals were quick to jump on DeChambeau’s case, after a clip of the failed fore shout was posted on social media by 2010 Ryder Cup player Edoardo Molinari.

Along with the video the Italian tweeted: “It shouldn’t be difficult to understand that you should ALWAYS shout “fore” when you hit a shot into the crowds… @b_dechambeau. When is someone going to do something about this? Hopefully before a spectator gets seriously hurt!”

Fellow European Tour pro Richard Bland also took aim at the 2020 US Open champion via social media, tweeting: “Bryson ploughing it into the crowd again off the tee & no shout of “FORE” maybe it needs someone to get seriously injured for him to learn.”

Furthermore, 2021 Ryder Cup hopeful Bernd Wiesberger had his say and feels DeChambeau should be fined for his lack of warning with either penalty shots or disqualification from competition.

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However, many golfing fans immediately came to DeChambeau’s defence following the social media onslaught, with one supporter pointing out it is not just the eight-time PGA Tour winner who forgets to pre-warn spectators of incoming ball, but other big names in the sport too.

A fan responded: “Why do people always highlight Bryson doing it? No-one did this when Rory, Scott, Brooks did it at the open with 30000 people there? Seems a bit targeted when you single out one player amongst dozens that fail to adhere to the etiquette?”.

This is not the first time DeChambeau has been criticised for his lack of fore shouts, after he was questioned at this year’s Open Championship at St. George’s as to why he failed to shout fore when hitting his ball towards a group of spectators.

The 27-year-old responded: “I do shout ‘Fore, I don’t know what you’re talking about. There are plenty of people on the tee box that do shout ‘fore.

“You’re bringing up a very controversial thing, which is unfortunate. But 99 percent of the time I do [shout], and unfortunately people think I don’t. But that’s OK, they can say whatever they want.”

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