Bryson DeChambeau attacked by rope at LIV Golf event

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One hundred million dollars can’t protect you from a rope.

Bryson DeChambeau learned that the hard way on Sunday at the LIV Golf event in Chicago. The 29-year-old attempted to duck under a rope after hitting his approach on the 14th hole but appeared to come up too high, and the rope raked right against his eyes.

“Oh my God, what the f–k guys?” DeChambeau said as he grabbed for his face. “Oh my f–king God. I can’t see. S–t! Oh, right in my eye. I can’t even see right now. The thing split my eye.”

DeChambeau did hit the flagstick with the approach shot that preceded the rope incident and went on to make an 8-foot birdie putt. DeChambeau finished 6-under and in a tie for eighth place.

“Off with his head!” David Feherty said on LIV Golf’s YouTube broadcast.

Warning: Explicit language

Bryson DeChambeau plays on the third hole at the Chicago LIV Golf event on Sept. 18, 2022.
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DeChambeau finished five shots behind Cameron Smith, who held off Dustin Johnson and Peter Uihlein for the victory in his second LIV event.

“I think I had to prove to myself and other people that I’m still a great player, I’m still out here to win golf tournaments,” Smith said. “I didn’t have my best stuff, but I stuck tough and made some putts.”

Smith won $4 million from the $20 million purse for individual play.

Johnson (70) and Uihlein (69) each made birdie on the par-5 18th hole at Rich Harvest Farms and tied for second, each earning $1,812,500.

Johnson’s birdie enabled his team, 4 Aces GC, to win for the fourth straight time, which was worth an additional $750,000 for Johnson, Talor Gooch, Patrick Reed, and Pat Perez. In the five events Johnson has played, he now has made just over $12.5 million.

Bryson DeChambeau plays on the 12th hole at the Chicago LIV Golf event on Sept. 18, 2022.
Bryson DeChambeau plays on the 12th hole at the Chicago LIV Golf event on Sept. 18, 2022.
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Top-line players such as DeChambeau, Smith, and Johnson each received around $100 million to defect from the PGA Tour to LIV Golf. DeChambeau had complained earlier in the week about LIV players not being eligible for the Ryder Cup.

“I personally think that the team events are only hurting themselves by not allowing us to play, not allowing us to qualify through some capacity, in some facet, ” DeChambeau said.

Bryson DeChambeau hits a rope on the 14th hole.
Bryson DeChambeau hits a rope on the 14th hole.
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“I would say, from a team aspect, it is sad that those governing bodies have not allowed us to be able to qualify. That’s all I can say to that. I want to play in numerous events on the PGA Tour. It would be awesome. That’s what LIV Golf has tried to – they have allowed us to play on the PGA Tour. It’s the PGA Tour barring us from doing so.”

— With AP

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