The disrupter: DeChambeau brings game, baggage to Ryder Cup

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FILE- In this Aug. 29, 2021, file photo, Bryson DeChambeau reacts after sinking his putt on the 16th green during the final round of the BMW Championship golf tournament at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md. When DeChambeau arrives at Whistling Straits for the Ryder Cup the 6-foot-1, 235-pound disrupter with a world-leading driving average of 323.7 yards, will bring with him an epic amount of baggage. He is in the middle of a months-long feud with one of his teammates, Brooks Koepka, who happens to have three more major titles than DeChambeau.  (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

It’s one thing for Bryson DeChambeau to try to change golf when he’s doing it only for himself.

Now comes the Ryder Cup, where the world will get to see how his single-minded pursuit of non-conformity and power fits in the realm of a team competition.

When DeChambeau arrives at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin for the showdown between the United States and Europe that opens Sept. 24, the 6-foot-1, 235-pound disrupter with a world-leading driving average of 323.7 yards will bring with him an epic amount of baggage.

He is in the middle of a months-long feud with one of his teammates, Brooks Koepka, who happens to have three more major titles than DeChambeau.

He arrives only a few weeks after the PGA Tour’s much-discussed update to its policy for fans, which asks for more decorum from spectators, including those who were increasingly shouting out “Brooksy” as a way of taunting DeChambeau.

 

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