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‘I don’t want to become super controversial’ –DeChambeau

Bryson DeChambeau wants to let his clubs do the talking this year and avoid becoming the “super-controversial” figure whose high-profile spats made him feel like quitting the game last year.

he “Mad Scientist” made headlines for all the wrong reasons in 2021 with his feud with Brooks Koepka and public slamming of his own equipment company just two of his lowest moments.

“I’ve had struggles in the past with different numerous things that have gone on, but I’m continuing to learn and grow and respond in ways that help the game of golf out,” DeChambeau said in a virtual press conference for next month’s Saudi International.

“That’s honestly all I want. I don’t want to be a super-controversial figure; I just want to be someone that people can look up to and aspire to be like, or inspire them to work harder.”

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The big-hitting world No 8 revealed how the pressure to follow up his stunning 2020 US Open win with victory in the Masters proved a turning point. He built himself up by telling the world Augusta National was a par-67 for a player of his power and finished 18 shots behind Dustin Johnson in a tie for 38th.

“That Thanksgiving Masters, I had so much pressure on me, and it was definitely a different feeling that everyone was watching me and seeing how I’m going to play the golf course and whatnot,” he said. “That definitely threw me for a loop.”

Meanwhile, Waterford duo Robin Dawson and Kevin Phelan have work to do to make the cut after opening with eight-over par 80’s in high winds the Asian Tour’s $1 million (€872,000) Singapore International. The duo ended the day tied for 102nd, 13 shots behind India’s Khalin Joshi, who carded a five-under-par 67.

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