Bryson DeChambeau: Players in ‘weird position’ with Super League

May 19, 2021; Kiawah Island, South Carolina, USA; Bryson DeChambeau watches his tee shot on the fifteenth hole during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament at Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Resort. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Bryson DeChambeau isn’t ruling out joining Super League Golf if the proposed tour gets up and running, but he isn’t willing to be at the front of the line to commit.

The 2020 U.S. Open expressed ambivalence about the Super League concept while speaking Wednesday ahead of the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island, S.C.

Super League Golf, reportedly backed by Saudi Arabian investors, allegedly hopes to attract star players such as DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas, Hideki Matsuyama and Jordan Spieth for a series of mega-money events.

“My agent has been telling me about it, but we don’t want to ruffle any feathers,” DeChambeau said. “We just want to go play golf and I would say give the fans the best experience they could possibly have.

“If it’s with the Super League then it’s with the Super League, but I will never do anything first. I will never be anybody that goes first in something like that. It’s got to be the Tour coming together and saying this is better for the fan experience.”

DeChambeau added, “From my perspective I’m not trying to make anybody mad. I’m not trying to make anybody side on one side. I just want the best for the players and for the fans, and whatever players do in regards to this Tour or whatnot is going to make my decision.

“I will never commit to anything. From my perspective it’s about the players looking at it in a different way, and if they want to do that, then OK. If the players go, then I’ll probably follow suit. But at this point in time, it just doesn’t seem like there’s enough players.”

The 27-year-old California native acknowledged that the Super League potentially could damage his status with the existing golf governing bodies.

“The (PGA) Tour has given me an amazing opportunity … and there’s a relationship there that I don’t want to hurt,” he said. “There’s a relationship there that I have with the USGA, the PGA, Augusta and the British Open that we don’t want to hurt, and it’s a very difficult, weird situation I think the players are in.

“Hopefully it can all be resolved so we can just get past it and play golf and I would say enjoy giving the fans the best entertainment possible. …

“It’s a complete distraction. I would say from my perspective, I’d want to know what way to go and just, let’s go, whatever it is. Whatever is best for the players and for the fans is what I would support.”

–Field Level Media