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Mike Purkey overemphasizes ‘60-second episode’

The other side of Bryson DeChambeau’s week in Detroit features golf being played ‘better than anyone else on the planet,’ reader points out

Bryson DeChambeau is not my favorite golfer, mainly because of how slowly he plays. Spending two minutes analyzing a 40-foot putt with a make percentage of 3 percent is painful to watch.

However, no one can dispute how hard he works to be as good as he can. Right now, he is consistently playing better than anyone else on the planet. On Sunday, he shot the lowest round of the day to come from three strokes behind and win the PGA Tour's Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit.

His play throughout the entire tournament was remarkable, averaging 350 yards a drive, outdriving everyone by 30 yards, hitting 220-yard 8-irons and reaching par 5s in two with an 8- or 9-iron.

Yet, Mike Purkey devoted more than half of his column to 60 seconds when DeChambeau lost it after playing one bad shot on Saturday (“Bryson DeChambeau’s winning formula doesn’t add up,” July 6). All professional athletes get upset from time to time.

Maybe Purkey doesn’t like to see this or thinks that what DeChambeau did was over the top. However, to devote more than half of his article to this 60-second episode makes me wonder whether he is being objective or that he simply does not like DeChambeau.

Joe Moran
Asheville, N.C.

An ‘outspoken, vulgar, brash’ DeChambeau
Mike Purkey hits a nail on the head trying to drive some sense into Bryson DeChambeau’s attitude and personality (“Bryson DeChambeau’s winning formula doesn’t add up,” July 6).

DeChambeau is running out of time.

Before playing his way onto the PGA Tour, DeChambeau was incensed that he had to follow PGA Tour rules and play in the Monday qualifier for the 2016 John Deere Classic. After nine holes at Pinnacle Ridge Country Club in Milan, Ill., DeChambeau threatened to quit at the clubhouse from his poor play on an “[expletive deleted] cow pasture” golf course. His caddie persuaded him to play on, which he did, eventually tying for a playoff to qualify, which he lost.

Pinnacle members who turned out as spotters to assist with pace of play were stunned and bewildered by an outspoken, vulgar, brash DeChambeau and his lack of professionalism or sportsmanship.

Robert Patten Burns
Naples, Fla.
(Burns is a retired rules official with the Iowa Section of the PGA of America.)

Live, from PurkeyWorld, it’s the Purkeycam
We're going to have a person with a camera follow Mike Purkey around 24/7. Everywhere Purkey goes, this person is going to be right in his face (“Bryson DeChambeau’s winning formula doesn’t add up,” July 6).

Methinks it wouldn't take too long for a wish of 30 seconds
of privacy.

Peter Torry

DeChambeau needs to clean up his act
In all the years I've been around golf, I never have heard a more stupid comment come from a professional golfer.

From Mike Purkey's story (“Bryson DeChambeau’s winning formula doesn’t add up,” July 6): After finishing the hole and on his way to the eighth tee, DeChambeau had a “testy discussion” with the camera operator for a good 60 seconds, according to Golf Channel, complaining that the cameraman recorded his tantrum, which DeChambeau contended was egregious and out of bounds.

I don't know anything about what goes on in the production truck of a golf telecast, but I'm going to guess that somebody told the cameraman to keep following DeChambeau because of what he might do. He's got the reputation for acting out after a bad shot, and sure enough he didn't disappoint.

DeChambeau has no problem releasing a 15-minute video on his body transformation, but when a cameraman shows him doing something that could damage his "brand," he suddenly needs his privacy.

DeChambeau and all of the top golfers are going to be filmed once they are inside the ropes whether they like it or not. That just goes along with the territory. How many times have camera crews start filming a player as soon as the player has parked his car?

If DeChambeau is so worried about his brand, he needs to clean up his act on the course, because his brand has been severely tarnished.

Layne Yawn
Jonesboro, Ark.

Purkey’s rant about DeChambeau goes too far
I’m going out a limb here, but Mike Purkey gives the impression of neither respecting nor liking absolutely anything about Bryson DeChambeau, save his "qualified success" in his chosen profession, the best that Purkey had to say in his article about DeChambeau (“Bryson DeChambeau’s winning formula doesn’t add up,” July 6). Shucks, winning six PGA Tour tournaments in his first three-plus years ain’t chopped liver; five, including Jack's tournament, before becoming Frankenstein's Golf Monster.

I’m guessing that Purkey is a golf classicist, an admirer of the swings of Bobby Jones, Byron Nelson and Sam Snead. (Did Purkey wince watching the swings of Lee Trevino or Ray Floyd?) While DeChambeau’s swing brings a hammer throw to my mind, I see it as beautifully ugly, and more than one only a mother could love. His swing is wonderful, most of all because it works. Purkey doesn’t seem to be enamored with Mr. Herky Jerky, Matthew Wolff, a young man of considerable talent, a unique swing and the “other disruptor,” either. Darn, next thing we’ll know is that the outcome of golf tournaments should be determined by a panel of judges as in Olympic gymnastics.

If Purkey should have learned anything at all about the man, it’s that, odds on, DeChambeau at this very moment is having his lab rats are changing shafts, lofts and lie angles in his wedges, and he is methodically trying each version. Two weeks ago, it was wedge play and putting, somewhat. This past week in Detroit, his strokes gained putting, seven plus, exceeded strokes gained driving, six plus; I can’t wait! Oh, I almost forgot: he changed his body and swing in three months, let alone the game of golf.

Purkey’s rant over DeChambeau’s tiff with the cameraman was quite overblown. As evidence, I present his response to the criticism of his slow pace-of-play history. While not a rocket man, he now appears to be about class average in that category, at worst. I believe that history will show that the seventh-hole brush up Saturday was a blip on his screen, unlike the many on Sergio Garcia’s screen.

Lastly, about nobody caring about what happens in a physics lab worthy of cameramen: the Nobel Prize for Physics hints otherwise.

Ken Olshansky
Wellington, Fla.

DeChambeau must contain his volatility
Mike Purkey and I are in unison (“Bryson DeChambeau’s winning formula doesn’t add up,” July 6).

Bryson DeChambeau is just too hard on himself, and it bit him on Saturday. He told us that he is really a good dude, and I am sure he is.

I like DeChambeau and his intensity and desire to beat golf at its own game, so to speak. I think he might even be saying something to himself, such as: Golf, Mr. Hogan beat you much of the time with incredible work ethic and accuracy. Well, I am going to beat you one step further. I am going to overpower you. Take that, golf.

The issue is and will continue to be that he cannot overpower Bryson DeChambeau in the process. He can win any PGA Tour event that way, but major championships? It remains to be seen. I still say that he must let the water roll off like on a duck’s back when things don’t go so well and allow the game to love him back.

Until then, his volatility is not an asset but a negative.

Bob Geismar
Boca Raton, Fla.

Compare DeChambeau’s misstep with Woods’ ‘F-bombs’
Did Mike Purkey call out Tiger Woods for the many times that he used the “F-bomb” or other foul language? (“Bryson DeChambeau’s winning formula doesn’t add up,” July 6).

Bryson DeChambeau is young and must learn to get used to being onstage. Purkey could have found many other things to dwell on but chose to pick the negative, and perhaps that’s part of the issues we meet daily. Trying to take others to task while not trying to find positive things to review, but alas everyone is trying to get responses, as that sells.

Garen Eggleston
The Villages, Fla.

Miceli fails to master this concept
I'm compelled to respond to Alex Miceli’s article suggesting that the Masters needs a name change (“Should Masters change its name?” June 29).

Why is Miceli creating a controversy where none exists?

Though master has negative connotations to the black community, master is appropriately a word depicting excellence in one's field, i.e., master plumber, master
electrician, master sergeant in military, etc.

The Masters annually brings together the best professional golfers in the world, and the winner is, without question, the master of his peers.

So, please, drop this non-issue.

Norm Amyot
Melbourne, Fla.

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