US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau has taken Matt Fitzpatrick’s criticism of his strategy to the sport as a “praise”.
Fitzpatrick famous with dismay DeChambeau’s opening spherical of 62 within the Shriners Hospitals for Youngsters Open in Las Vegas and spoke out in regards to the American’s “bomb and gouge” strategy to the sport after claiming a share of the midway lead within the BMW PGA Championship.
“I’m going to be biased as a result of I’m not fairly the longest, however at Winged Foot – honest play to him, he gained and shot six below – the fairways have been tight as hell and I drove it brilliantly, I truly performed fairly nicely, and I’m miles behind,” Fitzpatrick stated.
“He’s within the tough and miles up and he’s simply hitting wedges in every single place. It simply makes a little bit of a mockery of it I feel.”
Fitzpatrick additionally feels DeChambeau’s strategy is “taking the talent” out of the sport, however the world quantity six was removed from offended.
“I respect that remark. It’s a praise to me actually,” DeChambeau instructed reporters after his second spherical in Las Vegas.
“A 12 months in the past I wasn’t hitting it wherever close to so far as I’m immediately. It took plenty of work, plenty of hours to work by means of the evening to determine plenty of these items.
“I’d say it truly takes extra talent to do what I’m doing, and albeit my fairway percentages are a little bit bit down, I nonetheless imagine I’m hitting it straighter than what I used to be final 12 months with the distances that I used to be hitting again then.
“So I truly respect these feedback. I feel he’s searching for a sure set of gamers, and I respect that. My entire purpose is to play the most effective golf I presumably can, and this recreation has given me the chance to showcase one thing fairly particular.
“I really feel like I’ve began to go down a path that’s allowed me to have a bonus over everybody, and I feel that could be a skill-set whenever you take a look at it. For me on the market immediately, I used to be nonetheless capable of hit plenty of fairways at 360 yards. That’s robust to do with drivers.
“If something, it’s harder to hit extra fairways the best way I’m doing it with the foundations the best way it’s immediately. It’s extra constructed for gamers like Matthew Fitzpatrick and his distances and gamers like that.
“I’d like to have a dialog with him about it and say, ‘Hey, man, I’d love to assist out. Why couldn’t you do it, too?’
“You see Rory (McIlroy) and DJ (Dustin Johnson) doing the identical factor, too. They’re seeing that distinct benefit, and I really feel prefer it’s nice for the sport of golf.”