Bryson DeChambeau on Grayson Murray Death and the Factor of Pressure

“Golf is not a forgiving sport. A lot of pressure is put on you at a young age, especially when you're good.”-DeChambeau said.

by Sead Dedovic
Bryson DeChambeau on Grayson Murray Death and the Factor of Pressure
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Grayson Murray's death still elicits reactions from his colleagues and others. The world was shocked by the news of Murray's suicide. The popular golfer had been battling mental health issues for years, and he openly discussed it as recently as January of this year. 

Some of his colleagues have chosen to react, devastated by the loss. 

Bryson DeChambeau, a golfer who has attracted attention since the beginning of his career, openly spoke about the death of the 30-year-old this time. 

The LIV Golfer revealed that he had a good relationship with Grayson and expressed condolences to the family. Interestingly, Chambeau mentioned the fact that many professionals go through various things, alluding to the fact that Grayson is not the only one who faced mental health issues.

“First off, I'll say I knew Grayson pretty well, and I haven't really publicly spoken about this, but my heart goes out to his family. It's not easy what he's gone through, what we all go through as professionals. My heart aches for him and his family.”- DeChambeau said, as quoted by Golf Monthly.

DeChambeau placed special emphasis on the pressure athletes generally feel, especially when they are building their careers. Many golfers are labeled talented from a young age and immediately have a target on their backs, creating immense pressure. Dealing with such pressure is not easy, especially for those who are sensitive. 

Building a career naturally involves facing failures and moments when things don't go your way. If such a period persists, disappointment and apathy can set in. Moments of dissatisfaction can accumulate over the years, ultimately resulting in mental health issues.

That's one of the reasons why every athlete needs to have a psychologist from the beginning of their career, with whom they can communicate about the issues they face. It's noticeable that there is a growing trend of engaging sports psychologists, which is commendable. When it comes to mental health issues, it's crucial to have a psychologist from an early stage, as prevention is the first step towards success.

“Golf is not a forgiving sport. A lot of pressure is put on you at a young age, especially when you're good.”-DeChambeau said.

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The 30-year-old golfer also had trouble facing some moments in his career. Regardless of how talented and skilled you are, at some point, things must go wrong. DeChambeau experienced fluctuations in form, but sometimes it wasn't easy to accept such things. Bryson reflected on moments when he came to LIV and played terribly at some tournaments. Dealing with pressure is crucial and requires significant effort and someone who can advise you in those moments. Mental health is a serious topic that needs to be increasingly emphasized.

“There's been numerous times where I've second-guessed myself on a massive level. My team has experienced it. I've experienced it. Even just coming out to LIV when I was playing terrible. Not to my standards, when I missed 14 cuts in a row. The pressure out here is immense. We all have to take our mental health very seriously.”- DeChambeau continued.

Bryson DeChambeau on young golfer, Miles Russell

DeChambeau shifted his focus to a young star, Miles Russell, who will make his PGA Tour debut at the age of 15 at the Rocket Mortgage Classic. 

He highlighted the importance of having a supportive team environment, like what LIV provides, where players can rely on each other and their teammates for support. 

LIV Golf leaders have aimed to create an environment where individuals can showcase their best selves, with tremendous support from others. The team aspect provides a great opportunity for young golfers to learn important lessons from more experienced players. This is also a way in which LIV Golf leaders aim to attract younger talent. Of course, the first step is to engage more experienced golfers, which will inspire younger players to become part of this Tour.

He emphasized that the pressure in any tour, whether it's mini-tours or challenge tours, is important. For Miles, he sees it as a valuable test and hopes that he has the right support system around him to guide him in a positive direction, as everyone needs that kind of support in the end. 

Miles is just one of the young golfers yet to make an appearance on the big stage. Many others are waiting for their chance. The pressure in today's times is even greater for several reasons. 

The first reason is increased competition, making it significantly harder to become part of one of the Tours. This requires greater dedication, talent, and quality than perhaps 10 or 20 years ago. Golf, like any sport, progresses day by day, so, naturally, you have to show more than your predecessors.

The second reason is the emergence of social media, where you often have to endure criticism and listen to fans' opinions. Listening to criticism from others can be tough. This issue is increasingly being talked about.

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