However, many golfing fans immediately came to DeChambeau’s defence following the social media onslaught, with one supporter pointing out it is not just the eight-time PGA Tour winner who forgets to pre-warn spectators of incoming ball, but other big names in the sport too.
A fan responded: “Why do people always highlight Bryson doing it? No-one did this when Rory, Scott, Brooks did it at the open with 30000 people there? Seems a bit targeted when you single out one player amongst dozens that fail to adhere to the etiquette?”.
This is not the first time DeChambeau has been criticised for his lack of fore shouts, after he was questioned at this year’s Open Championship at St. George’s as to why he failed to shout fore when hitting his ball towards a group of spectators.
The 27-year-old responded: “I do shout ‘Fore, I don’t know what you’re talking about. There are plenty of people on the tee box that do shout ‘fore.
“You’re bringing up a very controversial thing, which is unfortunate. But 99 percent of the time I do [shout], and unfortunately people think I don’t. But that’s OK, they can say whatever they want.”