Social media star Paige Spiranac is never shy to tell the world what she thinks about Bryson DeChambeau.
Following his final round meltdown of epic proportions at the US Open earlier this week, Spiranac offered a dose of sympathy she rarely affords the polarising American golfer.
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DeChambeau had one of those nightmare rounds of golf that anyone who has ever played the game will be able to relate to.
— The Plugged Lie (@PluggedLiePod) June 21, 2021
Never related to a golfer more than I have to Bryson DeChambeau after landing his ball next to a crate of beer. pic.twitter.com/FlTB1izDSq
— Rob Warren (@RobWarren1990) June 20, 2021
— bunkered (@BunkeredOnline) June 20, 2021
The 2020 US Open champion was at one stage looking a good bet to claim back-to-back titles after taking the lead in the final round at Torrey Pines.
However, a catastrophic back nine that included an inexplicable quadruple bogey at 17, a ball that ended up next to a beer carton and hole momentarily halted by a male streaker, saw DeChambeau's hoped go up in smoke.
“I feel bad for Bryson. We’ve all been there with golf and it’s a horrible feeling,” Spiranac tweeted at the time.
It all added up to a career-worst eight-over 44 on the back-nine and a final round 77 that saw him plummet from the lead to end up in a tie for 26th.
“I didn’t get off the rails at all,” DeChambeau said after the nightmare final round.
“It’s golf. People will say I did this or did that, and it’s just golf. I’ve had plenty of times where I hit it way worse than today and I won. It’s just one of those things where I didn’t have the right breaks happen at the right time.”
Spiranac has had her fair share of swipes at the controversial golfer in the past, but speaking on her Playing-A-Round podcast, the former amateur golfer had nothing but sympathy for the 27-year-old.
“He looked like he was about to cry on No. 18, and I know a lot of you guys are going to say, ‘Well, it’s Bryson, it’s karma, he deserves it’,” Spiranac said on the podcast.
“Whatever it may be, and regardless of your opinion on Bryson DeChambeau, we have all been in that position.
“We’ve all been on the golf course where it feels good, and all of the sudden, it takes a turn for the worst. I never want anyone to feel that way or go through that because it’s horrible, it is truly horrible.”
Spiranac admitted that while DeChambeau is an easy target for criticism at times, she harbours no genuine animosity towards the World No.6.
DeChambeau 'an easy joke' at times
“I know a lot of people think that I’m a Bryson hater, I am not a Bryson hater. I said some things about Bryson when he was acting up, being a little bit of a jerk, called him out on it, but since then, I haven’t had a problem with Bryson,” Spiranac said.
“He is fun to talk about, at times he is fun to hate on, he is an easy joke, and most of the time when I’m messing around with it, it’s a bit.”
“It’s all in good fun, and maybe I’ve crossed the line here or there, but I’ve just tried to do it in a humorous way,” she added.
While Spiranac said she felt for DeChambeau after his epic collapse, Jon Rahm's historic win was "well deserved".
The 26-year-old Spaniard claimed his maiden major title to become his country's first ever winner of the US Open.
Two weeks after testing positive to COVID-19, Rahm completed the fairytale with two monumental birdie putts at 17 and 18.
Rahm posted a closing four-under-par 67 to finish with a six-under 278 total and consign Louis Oosthuizen to his sixth major championship runner-up finish.
Rahm birdied his final two holes to match the lowest round of the day and snatch victory by a shot from third-round co-leader Oosthuizen.
Trailing Oosthuizen by a shot when he stepped to the 17th tee, Rahm tied for the lead with a 24-foot birdie putt on the par-4.
He hit his second shot on the par-5 18th hole into a bunker right of the green and blasted it out to 18 feet.
Rahm curled the putt into the hole and pumped his fist as the crowd roared.
His 12th professional victory returned him to No.1 in the world on his first Father's Day since son Kepa was born before the Masters.
The victory came three weeks after 26-year-old Rahm tested positive for COVID-19 and had to pull out of the Memorial with a six-shot lead.
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