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PGA Tour says fans risk expulsion if they taunt Bryson DeChambeau by yelling ‘Brooksie’ at him

Bryson DeChambeau lost a six-hole playoff Sunday at the BMW, then endured taunts from some fans.
Bryson DeChambeau lost a six-hole playoff Sunday at the BMW, then endured taunts from some fans.Cliff Hawkins/Getty

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan announced Tuesday that fans attending professional golf tournaments will risk expulsion if they yell “Brooksie!” toward Bryson DeChambeau. DeChambeau and fellow golfer Brooks Koepka have engaged in a years-long rivalry, and many fans attending live events have started cat-calling the former with shouts of “Brooksie!” or “Nice shot, Brooksie!” On Sunday, after DeChambeau lost to Patrick Cantlay in a six-hole playoff at the BMW Championship, he was observed telling a fan to “get the f--- out!” following a taunt of “Great job, Brooksie!” At a news conference ahead of this week’s season-ending Tour Championship in Atlanta, Monahan at first said “this isn’t about any one particular player or one particular incident,” but later clarified when pressed on the issue that the incidents with DeChambeau sparked the tour to action. DeChambeau and Koepka have been beefing since before the pandemic. In 2020, the recently bulked-up DeChambeau took a shot at Koepka’s physique after the latter appeared in ESPN the Magazine’s Body issue. Koepka responded with a social-media photo of his four major-championship trophies (DeChambeau at the time had not won a major). Things sparked up again after this year’s PGA Championship in May when Koepka, during a Golf Channel interview, expressed very apparent annoyance when DeChambeau walked behind him. Asked specifically about the DeChambeau-Koepka rivalry, Monahan said he’s “had conversations with both players. These observations go back to pre-COVID as it relates to general concern around the code of conduct at our tournaments. . . . I’ve been out at a lot of tournaments this year, particularly since our return to play, and this issue isn’t specific to one or two players. I think it’s an opportunity to reassess overall civility at our tournaments and fan behavior and reset expectations through our fan code of conduct.”

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