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Bryson DeChambeau left disappointed as LIV Golf decision costs him Olympic dream

Bryson DeChambeau left disappointed as LIV Golf decision costs him Olympic dream

Bryson DeChambeau has revealed his frustration at missing out on the opportunity to represent the United States at the upcoming Paris Olympics, acknowledging that his decision to join LIV Golf has come back to haunt him.


DeChambeau produced a stunning final round to edge past Rory McIlroy and claim his second major title at the US Open last month. However, although the American is now ranked 10th in the world, his participation in the Saudi-backed LIV Golf series means he misses out on Olympic qualification.


Bryson DeChambeau expressed his disappointment with the situation.


Speaking on The Pat McAfee Show, DeChambeau admitted his disappointment at being unable to pull on the red, white and blue in Paris this summer. 


"I would love to represent the United States," he said. "“It was tough for me last time around because of Covid, it was just one of those things that happened. Hopefully one day this game of golf will get figured out and come back together and I will be able to play [in the Olympics]. I'm playing great golf. I'm excited, but ultimately yeah, am I frustrated and disappointed? Sure, you could absolutely say that. But I made the choices that I made and there's consequences to that and I respect it."


“But hopefully, sooner rather than later, we figure that out. Nothing would mean more to me than putting on the red, white, and blue for Team USA at the Olympics.”


Due to LIV Golf events not being recognised by the Official World Golf Ranking points system, DeChambeau's stellar form in Greg Norman's breakaway circuit has not boosted his ranking for Olympic qualification purposes. Fellow Americans Scottie Scheffler, Xander Schauffele, Wyndham Clark and Collin Morikawa currently sit above him in the rankings to claim the four spots for Team USA.


While DeChambeau was aware joining LIV Golf would come with consequences such as this, he admitted the reality of missing the Olympics hit home following his US Open triumph. The 30-year-old is now left watching on from the sidelines as his countrymen chase gold in Paris, with the LIV vs PGA Tour civil war meaning his scintillating form cannot help the American cause on the biggest non-major stage.



Read more: Olympic Golf in Paris 2024: Format, Dates Announced for Men's and Women's Tournaments


How does DeChambeau's situation compare to other athletes who have joined LIV Golf


Like other LIV Golf players, DeChambeau's decision to join the Saudi-backed league has had consequences in terms of qualification for major events. He misses out on the Olympics just as others may miss Ryder Cup teams, for example.


However, DeChambeau is unique in that his LIV Golf choice only just cost him Olympic qualification after his US Open win. For most others, the impact was known in advance rather than coming as a post-victory disappointment.


As one of the highest ranked LIV Golf players worldwide, DeChambeau has more to lose rankings-wise than many others who joined. His form is hurt more in not gaining OWGR points.


But all LIV Golf players face the same issue of performances in their new events not counting towards rankings that determine qualification for tours and international competitions.


DeChambeau's expression of frustration mirrors comments from other LIV Golf athletes around the impartiality of ranking/eligibility systems due to their circuit not being recognized.






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