PGA Tour Bans Fans from Taunting Bryson DeChambeau with Brooks Koepka Chants

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVAugust 31, 2021

OWINGS MILLS, MD - AUGUST 29: Bryson DeChambeau reacts to a missed putt on the 18th green during the first playoff hole during the final round of the BMW Championship at Caves Valley Golf Club on August 29, 2021 in Owings Mills, Maryland. (Photo by Ben Jared/PGA TOUR via Getty Images)
Ben Jared/PGA TOUR via Getty Images

It's no secret that Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka have feuded over the last few years, but now that feud is being used as trolling fuel by fans. 

On Sunday, after DeChambeau missed a putt to end a six-hole playoff and give Patrick Cantlay the win at the BMW Championship, a spectator mocked him, yelling "Great job, Brooksie!"

"You know what? Get the f--k out!" a fuming DeChambeau replied, per Kevin Van Valkenburg of ESPN. 

In the wake of the incident, the PGA Tour has made mocking DeChambeau by calling him "Brooksie" a bannable offense: 

Michael Collins @ESPNCaddie

Yelling or saying, "Brooksie" to Bryson DeChambeau will now be considered disrespectful from now on can result in expulsion from a tournament. This directly from Commissioner Jay Monahan. It's become an issue of being disrespectful to the players and the game.

The actual feud between DeChambeau and Koepka has appeared to cool. Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker even said he spoke to the pair about putting any disputes aside for the good of the United States team. 

"They assured me that the team and the country and everything else that goes into this is their [top priority]," he told John Hawkins of SI.com. "They said it's not going to be an issue, and I believe them. I trust them. As far as I'm concerned, it's been put to bed."

"We haven't heard Brooks say anything about Bryson lately," he added. "This Ryder Cup means a lot to these guys. Neither one wants to be the root of a problem. They both understand."

Despite the two seemingly being willing to put any differences aside, however, neither can do much about how fans treat their rival. As Van Valkenburg noted, he heard the "Brooksie" chat directed at DeChambeau "dozens of times while walking with him and [Patrick] Cantlay during the six-hole playoff."

So that, ostensibly, is where the PGA Tour is stepping in. A bit of trash talk on social media between the players is one thing. But once that extends to fans repeatedly harassing DeChambeau during a tournament, well, the PGA Tour has decided that crosses the line.