"Classless" - Butch Harmon Slams DeChambeau For Gimme Gesture

Bryson DeChambeau was criticised for a gimme gesture on the 1st green at the Ryder Cup

DeChambeau's gimme gesture
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Bryson DeChambeau was criticised for a gimme gesture on the 1st green at the Ryder Cup

Butch Harmon called Bryson DeChambeau "classless" after the American gestured to insinuate he should have been given a putt at the Ryder Cup.

We've also seen Justin Thomas do a similar gesture this week, although Bryson physically laid his putter down on the ground to emphasise his thoughts.

Unsurprisingly, the antics didn't go down well, especially with the Sky Sports commentary team of Butch Harmon and Ewen Murray.

"I'm not sure that's a great idea, especially with an elongated putter. Wasn't remotely funny either," Murray said.

Butch Harmon was harsher on the Golfing Scientist, calling him "classless."

"Come on Bryson that's just not good. That's not right. We don't need it just play golf. Classless," he said.

Watch a clip of Bryson's gimme gesture below:

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"This is out of order in my view. It's 3 feet, get on with it.," Paul McGinley said on Sky Sports commentary.

"I'll defend him on a lot of things, I'm a huge fan of his but in that regard just get on with. Just a little bit of petulance isn't it."

Justin Thomas did something similar:

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"That was disappointing to watch, simple as that really. Especially in the spirit these games are played," Sky's Nick Dougherty said.

"He's definitely missed one of that length before."

It wasn't just the Sky team that were not fans of Bryson's gesture, as it didn't go down well on social media either:

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Elliott Heath is our News Editor 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. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, 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 2-5. 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!


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