A once-simmering bromance stands still.
Speaking to reporters at Trump’s LIV golf event in Bedminster, New Jersey over the weekend, Bryson DeChambeau paid tribute to Tiger Woods while criticizing the Saudi-sponsored golf tour. However, their relationship fell apart and the two did not discuss their relationship after DeChambeau left the PGA Tour for LIV in a deal worth more than $125 million.
“I have the utmost respect for what he has to say. “For me personally, I work harder to be my own person, to prove that I’m more valuable,” DeChambeau said, according to Sports Illustrated.
“We were very close and unfortunately we didn’t talk, one day we will talk again, and I’m always open to talk to anyone.
“I have no problem and I hope we will see eye to eye.”
DeChambeau continued on Woods: “It’s his legacy. I totally understand. It’s a bit of muddy water now.”
Last month, at the Open Championship, Woods took on LIV digital headliner Greg Norman and took down the promotion.
“I believe it’s the right thing to do,” Woods said of Norman’s blackball from the major. “Greg has done some things that I don’t think are good for our game, and we’re going back to what is probably the most historic and traditional place in our sport.
“I know Greg tried to do this in the early ’90s. It didn’t work then and he’s trying to make it work now. I still don’t see how this is good for the game. I know what the PGA Tour is and what we’ve done and what tourism has given us – the ability to pursue our careers and have what we’ve achieved and the trophies we’ve been able to play and the history that’s part of this game.
Woods believed that players who joined LIV had “turned their backs” on the PGA Tour, which would get them where they are.
“I don’t agree with the players who chose to go to LIV and play there,” Woods said. “I think they’ve turned their backs on what they’ve done to get them to this point. Some players didn’t even get a chance to experience it – they just entered that organization from the amateur ranks and didn’t get the chance to play here and what it feels like to play a tour program or play in some big events.
“And, who knows what will happen in the near future with the criteria for entry into the major championships, the world class points? The governing bodies should check the same. Some of these players may not get a chance to play in major championships. That’s an opportunity that some players never get to play in a major championship, never get to experience this, never walk the fairways of Augusta National. That, to me, I just don’t understand.”