Bryson DeChambeau and his caddie Tim Tucker, who has been on his bag since 2018 and for all eight of his PGA Tour wins, split up in a surprise move Thursday morning before the first round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic at Detroit Golf Club.
DeChambeau, the defending champion in the event, had Tucker on his bag during the practice rounds this week. But he’s been replaced by Cobra equipment representative Ben Schomin, and what was deemed “taking a break” by DeChambeau originally seems to have been made permanent by the afternoon.
DeChambeau’s agent issued a statement to Golfweek: “Bryson and Tim have always been close friends and will remain close friends. They have mutually agreed to go their separate ways at this time. Both Bryson and Tim wish each other well in their next endeavor.”
And if you thought Brooks Koepka would take this lying down, think again.
Couldn’t do it without my guy Rick! Best friend and greatest caddie to do it @RickyElliott appreciation day! pic.twitter.com/cNvD2VX8Nh— Brooks Koepka (@BKoepka) July 1, 2021
Imagine if “Fat Jack” Nicklaus and “The King” Arnold Palmer had social media. I’m sure they would have put their dislike of each other out there just as publicly. Or not at all.
It’s yet another chapter in golf’s best off-the-course storyline of the post-Tiger Era. Let’s just see if “Brooksie” DeChambeau claps back at this somehow.
Whether this mudslinging is good for the sport or not can be up for some legitimate debate. But it’s absolutely getting golf attention it hasn’t previously.