Bryson DeChambeau sparked controversy with his very first shot at the Ryder Cup by hitting a spectator on the ankle. The American big-hitter pulled his drive on the first hole of his Friday fourballs round into the crowd, with some saying he did not shout ‘fore’ after taking his shot.
DeChambeau has been dogged by controversy in the build up to this tournament, due to his high-profile spat with Team USA team-mate Brooks Koepka.
He will have hoped to perform well and keep a low profile as he began his first round in the Friday afternoon fourballs, but the American incurred the wrath of his critics with his very first shot at Whistling Straits.
The Texan stepped up to the tee to a warm reception from the American fans gathered around the first hole, ready to hit his first ball of the competition after being left out of the morning’s foursomes matches.
But instead of finding the fairway with his huge drive, DeChambeau pulled his effort to the left, hitting the ankle of a woman who was sat on the grass at the side of the course.
It is not known for certain whether or not the 28-year-old said fore after his tee shot, and if he did it may well have been drowned out by the huge roar from the crowd around the tee, as fans were expecting a long drive from the big-hit specialist.
Regardless, some critics on social media slammed the Team USA star for apparently forgetting to warn the crowd that his ball was heading in their direction.
“Do you think its time USPGA or the PGA start handing out sanctions to Bryson DeChambeau, if he does not shout ‘FORE’, before he injures someone seriously or even worse?” one Twitter user asked.
Another said: “Instead of winding the crowd up, who seem to think booing is acceptable in golf, try shouting ‘fore’.”
A third simply added: “Bryson DeChambeau is embarrassing the United States.”
The severity of the injury sustained by the spectator is not yet known.
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DeChambeau has been involved in such controversies before, having been slammed by two fellow professionals at the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational last month.
“Bryson ploughing it into the crowd again off the tee & no shout of ‘Fore.’ Maybe it needs someone to get seriously injured for him to learn,” said European Tour golfer Richard Bland.
And Edoardo Molinari added: “It shouldn’t be difficult to understand that you should ALWAYS shout ‘fore’ when you hit a shot into the crowds…
“When is someone going to do something about this? Hopefully before a spectator gets seriously hurt!”