Bryson DeChambeau Reveals Why He Turned Down Netflix
The American says he doesn't want to "take the light away" from players who are "already pretty far behind" him
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Netflix recently confirmed that a new docuseries focusing on the PGA Tour and golf's Major championships is being made, with a number of the game's most high profile stars confirmed for the show including Collin Morikawa, Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka, Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson and many others. However, one player who will not be featuring in the show is 2020 US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau.
The Golfing Scientist, one of the golf's best-known and polarising figures, says a deal wasn't struck that was "very well" for him and he is also doesn't want to "take the light away" from players who are "already pretty far behind" him.
Speaking ahead of the Saudi International, DeChambeau explained his reasoning for declining to be part of the show. "I think it could potentially grow the game of golf in that regard. One, there wasn't a deal that was struck that was very well for my side of it. I love Netflix. I watch it. I have a great time with it. But just for me it wasn't right at the present moment," he said.
"I feel like people are seeing me on YouTube (opens in new tab), Instagram, and they're getting a pretty dang good look inside my life. And to have more people come in and go even farther, which is almost impossible for what I'm giving out is just overall too invasive for me. I didn't really want any more than that because I do have to have a life outside of it.
"I do feel like I'm presenting this YouTube audience and continuing to grow and continuing to grow with Registry, my new content creation channel. Martin and Hogan, Hudson, these guys are all coming together to help grow the game of golf in that regard.
"There's a lot of great people on there. If I was to go on there, yeah, it would be cool to see, but I feel like there's a lot more interesting stories. You've got Harry Higgs. You've got numerous others. I don't want to take the light away from them for their potential to grow themselves in a manner that's unique to them, where they're already pretty far behind. They have the opportunity to grow a lot more than I do in that regard."
DeChambeau also spoke of his intentions to over-power Augusta National and continue with his quest to hit the golf ball further. He withdrew from this week's Sony Open due to wrist soreness and is set to make his next appearance at the Saudi International from 3rd-6th February.
Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-6. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!
Elliott is currently playing:
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Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW
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Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5
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