DeChambeau sorry for outburst: 'I sucked today, not my equipment'
Bryson DeChambeau apologized for calling out his equipment manufacturer following a difficult opening round at The Open on Thursday.
"The comment I made in my post-round interview was very unprofessional," DeChambeau said on Instagram. "My frustration and emotions over the way I drove the ball today boiled over. I sucked today, not my equipment. Cobra and I have worked together for over five years and they are some of the hardest working people in (the) golf industry and make an incredible product."
"Their team is like family to me, especially (Cobra tour operations manager) Ben Schomin who has been there for me every step of the way since I started my career. I deeply regret the words I used earlier. I am relentless in pursuit of improvement and perfection. Part of that causes me to become outwardly frustrated at times. With the new speeds I am obtaining, my game is a constant work in progress and so is controlling my emotions."
DeChambeau found only four of 14 fairways Thursday en route to a 1-over 71. He was quick to point out the problem after his disappointing performance.
"If I can hit it down the middle of the fairway, that's great, but with the driver right now, the driver sucks," DeChambeau said. "It's not a good face for me, and we're still trying to figure out how to make it good on the mishits," he said. "I'm living on the razor's edge like I've told people for a long time. When I did get it outside of the fairway, like in the first cut and whatnot, I catch jumpers out of there, and I couldn't control my wedges."
DeChambeau's comment caught Cobra's attention.
"It's just really, really painful when he says something that stupid," said Schomin, according to Golfweek's David Dusek.
Schomin filled in as DeChambeau's caddie at the Rocket Mortgage Classic after the golfer split with his former caddie, Tim Tucker, hours before the tournament started.
"He has never really been happy, ever. Like, it's very rare where he's happy," Schomin said. "Now, he's in a place where he's swinging a 5-degree driver with 200 mph of ball speed. Everybody is looking for a magic bullet. Well, the magic bullet becomes harder and harder to find the faster you swing and the lower your loft gets."
However, Schomin believes DeChambeau didn't really mean what he said.
"It's like an 8-year-old that gets mad at you," Schomin said. "They might fly off the handle and say, 'I hate you.' But then you go, 'Whoa, no you don't.'
He added, "I know that if I got him cornered right now and said, 'What the hell did you say that for?' he would say that he was mad. He didn't really mean to say it that harshly. He knows how much everyone bends over backward for him, but it's still not cool."
DeChambeau only hit four fairways, but three came on his final five holes. He'll look to carry that momentum into Friday as he attempts to make his second Open Championship cut.