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Patrick Cantlay defends Bryson DeChambeau amid fan conduct, blames PGA’s new recognition incentive

Patrick Cantlay spoke up concerning the damaging consideration Bryson DeChambeau has been getting, significantly after the BMW Championship, and he appears to imagine that it has one thing to do with the PGA Tour’s new recognition incentive. 

Cantlay, 29, instructed reporters forward of Thursday’s Tour Championship that he feels for DeChambeau following the most recent incident during which he was the topic to taunts from followers over the weekend, leading to a brand new rule that can take away anybody from occasions that yell out “Brooksie.”

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“Naturally, in fact, there may be some sympathy since you don’t need to see anyone have a bunch of individuals be towards you and even be heckled,” Cantlay mentioned, by way of Golf Week.

However Cantlay says the issue is larger than simply easy fan conduct. He believes it has one thing to do with the brand new PGA’s Participant Impression Program. 

“Sadly, it may be a symptom of a bigger drawback, which is social media pushed and which is probably Participant Impression Program derived,” Cantlay added. “I believe when you could have folks that go for attention-seeking maneuvers, you permit your self probably open to having the unsuitable kind of consideration, and I believe possibly that’s the place we’re at and it could be a symptom of going for an excessive amount of consideration.”

The PGA Tour introduced in April that it created a brand new bonus program that can reward golf’s prime 10 gamers primarily based on recognition amongst followers and sponsor engagement. In accordance with GolfWeek, this system runs by way of the common calendar 12 months, and the $40 million reward will likely be distributed amongst the winners, with the highest participant incomes $eight million. 

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Social media presence and Google search frequencies are among the many metrics which are used to provide you with the highest 10. 

“I believe it’s only a very live-by-the-sword, die-by-the-sword kind of deal,” Cantlay mentioned of it. “And whenever you depart it to a jury, you don’t know what’s going to occur.”

Patrick Cantlay, right, walks by Bryson DeChambeau after he sank his putt on the 17th green during the final round of the BMW Championship golf tournament, Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021, at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Patrick Cantlay, proper, walks by Bryson DeChambeau after he sank his putt on the 17th inexperienced throughout the ultimate spherical of the BMW Championship golf match, Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021, at Caves Valley Golf Membership in Owings Mills, Md. (AP Picture/Julio Cortez)

For gamers like DeChambeau, Cantlay says the PIP incentive can create issues. 

“Even in case you have 98 p.c of the 10,000 folks within the gallery pulling for you, the opposite 200 may cause issues,” he mentioned. 

“If these folks have had sufficient to drink or really feel emboldened sufficient to say one thing as a result of they need to impress the lady they’re standing subsequent to, then, yeah, like, you’re in hassle.”

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Cantlay made a reference to a preferred 1996 Adam Sandler film for comparability. 

“Possibly folks have watched an excessive amount of ‘Blissful Gilmore’ and so they don’t really feel sufficient sympathy for Shooter McGavin. I don’t know. I don’t know the reply.”

Cantlay described himself as not being “the cookie cutter golfer” and never somebody who would in all probability land within the top-10 hottest gamers, but when he does, he’s giving that cash proper again to the followers. 

“I’m going to provide it again to the folks that made it doable in a roundabout way, form or kind. I gained’t take any of the PIP cash,” he mentioned. “I believe it’s form of ridiculous and I believe it’s, once I mentioned there’s a symptom of a bigger drawback, I believe that’s precisely what I’m speaking about.”

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan mentioned Tuesday that when the ultimate standings are decided, the Tour doesn’t plan to disclose the winners. 

“We don’t have any intention on publicizing it,” he mentioned, by way of Golf.com.

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