Bryson DeChambeau Hits Spectator With Opening Tee Shot At Ryder Cup

Bryson DeChambeau Hits Spectator With Opening Tee Shot At Ryder Cup

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Playing the very first hole in the afternoon fourballs, Bryson DeChambeau struck a spectator with his drive.

Bryson DeChambeau Hits Spectator With Opening Tee Shot At Ryder Cup

In the build-up to the Ryder Cup, Bryson DeChambeau had been hinting about driving the first green at Whistling Straits (opens in new tab).

When his name was announced for the afternoon fourballs on day one, everyone was excited to see how the American would tackle the first hole.

After Jon Rahm (opens in new tab), Tyrrell Hatton (opens in new tab) and teammate Scottie Scheffler (opens in new tab) teed off, it was Bryson's turn, with the 28-year-old pulling out the big stick.

Not holding back, DeChambeau smashed his drive down the left hand side of the first. Whilst the ball was in the air, he didn't shout fore and the ball landed flush on a poor woman's ankle.

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Faced with a tough second shot, he managed a stunning approach shot from the rough with his birdie putt being walked in to much fanfare.

The drive did cause some reaction on Twitter, especially as Bryson said, at the Open Championship press conference, that he shouts fore "99% of the time" if his ball is going offline.

Related: Bryson DeChambeau Gets Heated - "I Do Shout Fore, I Don't Know What You're On About (opens in new tab)"

Check out some of the reactions on Twitter:

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DeChambeau has had previous incidents. At the PGA Championship, social media branded him “disgraceful” after failing to shout fore despite a wayward opening tee shot.

A similar incident also occurred at the US Open, with the American failing to shout ‘fore’ or even point his arm out in the direction the ball was going on the 4th hole at Torrey Pines.

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.


Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.


Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x