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Bryson DeChambeau disappointed by Olympic omission, but understood ‘the decisions I made’

Bryson DeChambeau disappointed by Olympic omission, but understood ‘the decisions I made’

Bryson DeChambeau said it is “frustrating and disappointing” that he will not be part of the U.S. Olympic team, but he acknowledged Wednesday that he understood the risk when he signed up for LIV Golf in 2022.

DeChambeau has risen to No. 10 in the Official World Golf Rankings after his big win at the US Open. He also finished sixth at the Masters and finished second at the PGA Championship, becoming the second-highest ranked LIV player, one spot behind Jon Rahm. The majors and other OWGR-sanctioned events are the only way for DeChambeau to improve his world rankings after the league withdrew his bid for points earlier this year.

However, Monday was the Olympic cutoff and DeChambeau’s ranking was still not high enough to secure one of the four available spots for the Paris Games. The top four Americans ranked among the top 15 in the world made up the U.S. squad, with rankings going to No. 1 Scottie Scheffler, No. 3 Xander Schauffele, No. 5 Wyndham Clark and No. 7 Collin Morikawa. Patrick Cantlay, in eighth place, was also ahead of DeChambeau.

“It’s disappointing, but I understand the decisions I’ve made, and the way things have gone hasn’t necessarily been perfectly according to plan,” DeChambeau told reporters ahead of the LIV event in Nashville. “I have done my best so far to give myself a chance according to the OWGR, but I realize and respect where the current situation of the game is, even if it is frustrating and disappointing. Hopefully 2028 will be a slightly different situation, and it will make it that much more fun.”

It’s the second consecutive close call at the Olympics for DeChambeau, who was on the U.S. team in 2021 but tested positive for COVID before the Tokyo Games and had to withdraw. Schauffele won the gold medal for the Americans, while Morikawa missed out on the bronze in a play-off. Justin Thomas and Patrick Reed also represented the red, white and blue that year.

“I have always enjoyed representing Team USA; they have been some of the best moments of my life. Any time you get an opportunity to represent your country, I’m all for it,” DeChambeau said. “It was certainly a shame that we couldn’t go in 2020. It was very disappointing.”

DeChambeau admitted he knew he was jeopardizing his Olympic eligibility when he moved to LIV, but he also thought the professional landscape would be different by now, with the rival league currently in its third year.

“I thought so too,” he said. “That’s not how it worked, and again, I respect the decision I made, and it is what it is. It hurts, but you know what, four years later there’s another one.”