Bryson DeChambeau at the center of new controversy after objecting to European decision not to allow putt in Ryder Cup match – with Butch Harmon calling him ‘classless’
- DeChambeau was asked to make a short putt to cut the opening in half
- The American rolled the ball properly into the hole, but didn’t seem happy
- He put his putter on the ground to insinuate that he should have got the putt
Bryson DeChambeau was branded ‘classless’ after he complained about a European decision not to allow a putt early in his Ryder Cup fourballs game on Saturday.
The American, playing alongside Scottie Scheffler, was left with a short putt to cut the opening hole in half after Viktor Hovland missed an opportunity to give himself and Tommy Fleetwood an early lead.
DeChambeau duly rolled the ball into the hole, but didn’t seem happy to be forced to do so when he grounded his putter after taking his shot.
Bryson DeChambeau appeared to be complaining about a European decision not to allow a putt
Although DeChambeau used an elongated putter, the gesture was intended to indicate that the putt was ‘in the leather’, or shorter than the distance from the clubhead to the bottom of the grip and could have been awarded.
“Come on Bryson, that’s just not right,” said respected American coach Butch Harmon, commenting for Sky Sports.
‘It’s not right, we don’t need it. Just golf. Classless.’
DeChambeau was branded ‘classless’ by American coach Butch Harmon for the gesture
Former European captain Paul McGinley added: “This is not right in my opinion. Come on, just keep going.
“I don’t think we should make too much of it. It was just a little irritation.’
It was the second such incident of the day after another American, Justin Thomas, did something similar during his and Jordan Spieth’s win over Hovland and Bernd Wiesberger.