In recent days, we’ve heard from several LIV golfers saying the rift between them and their former PGA Tour pals has been overblown. That’s certainly doesn’t sound like the case, however, when it comes to Bryson DeChambeau and Tiger Woods.
The two had quite a bromance going a couple years ago, bonding over their love of putting in hard work — both on the course and in the gym — and perhaps even a bit of physics. That included a pairing — albeit an unsuccessful one — at the 2018 Ryder Cup.
But things have changed since DeChambeau went to LIV Golf last year. And the 2020 US Open champ confirmed with Golfweek’s Adam Schupak that Woods has cut off communication with him.
“Yeah, I’m not going to throw anyone under the bus,” DeChambeau told Schupak ahead of this week’s LIV event in Orlando. “He’s been a great friend. I texted him on his birthday.”
No text back after a birthday wish is tough. Then again, that also has shades of Ian Poulter complaining about the DP World Tour not tweeting him and other LIV golfers a happy birthday earlier this year. And to be fair, Tiger probably gets a lot of texts on his birthday.
“It is what it is,” DeChambeau continued. “He has his viewpoints on it and thinks we’re potentially hurting his record. If anything, nobody is ever going to touch his record. That’s just it, that’s the bottom line. There’s a chance to grow the game even more and I hope one day he’ll see the vision that we all have out here.”
Woods has made his anti-LIV thoughts well known in the past year. And even his agent, Mark Steinberg, recently dropped Thomas Pieters as a client as soon as he left the PGA Tour for the new league. In other words, don’t expect a Tiger-Bryson fuzzy friends reunion when the two cross paths next week at Augusta National.