Sport Paul Azinger: On-air 'steroids' remark about Bryson DeChambeau taken out of context
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Bulked-up mad scientist Bryson DeChambeau can now add "major champion" to his list of titles. DeChambeau was the lone player under par at the 120th U.S. Open, running away with his first major title at 6 under par thanks to a final-round 3-under 67 (the lone round under par on Sunday). Matthew Wolff finished second at even, followed by Louis Oosthuizen in third at 2 over, Harris English in fourth at 3 over and Xander Schauffele in fifth at 4 over. The win earned the 27-year-old the $2.25 million top prize, making him the 83rd player in PGA Tour history to break the $20 million mark for on-course earnings.
“Validation on steroids.”
NBC analyst Paul Azinger uttered those words on Sunday during the final round of the U.S. Open.
It was surely meant as a compliment to Bryson DeChambeau, who was coming up the 18th fairway at the time, looking to putin the 120th rendition of the national championship.
DeChambeau has been dogged by the steroid accusations. Putting on all that bulk and bragging about all those protein shakes will do it, it seems. But the insinuations are unfair nonetheless.
Lynch: Bryson DeChambeau fancies himself a scientist, but he won the U.S. Open as a game-changing worker bee
MAMARONECK, N.Y. — It shouldn’t be a surprise that a championship that prizes a metronomic style of golf — fairway, green, rinse, repeat — should fall to golf’s most metronomic player, but the U.S. Open victory of Bryson DeChambeau illuminated the extent to which…In adopting a scientific approach to every aspect of his game, DeChambeau expects his carefully (some might say laboriously) calculated input to deliver a predictable output, which is an awfully high happiness bar to set in a sport that is hostage to the vagaries of chance, bounce and weather. Such a mindset would seem to guarantee frustration, and frustration is the very stress fracture that the U.S.
Azinger explained to Golfweek by text message Sunday night that his words were taken out of context.
“If anyone was thinking I was implying that Bryson was on steroids they completely misinterpreted that,” he said. “They get tested twice a week for crying out loud. Bad choice of words. He took a lot of (bleep) and validated everything he’s done. If that needs cleaning up then the world has gone to hell.”
Still, it certainly made everyone’s ears perk up during the NBC telecast.
Steve DiMeglio contributed reporting.MORE:
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