Bryson DeChambeau’s awkward compliment puts Tiger Woods in the past


DUBLIN, Ohio — Everyone wants a glimpse.

Even Tiger Woods.

Wednesday was Tiger’s turn to take an up-close-and-personal look at the phenomenon that is Bryson DeChambeau, he of the 25 pounds of added muscle and otherworldly length.

Until his arrival this week, Woods had been away from the PGA Tour since its COVID-19 re-start, so he’d been reduced to watching the new Bryson the same way most of the world has: on television.

Woods and DeChambeau played together in a practice round Wednesday morning at Muirfield Village Golf Club in advance of Thursday’s opening round of the Memorial. DeChambeau revealed that he was the one who actually initiated the pairing, which lasted for the front nine.

As you might expect, it was fun theater.

And then, after it was over, DeChambeau, while heaping praise on Woods, unwittingly went to a place where few have dared to go with a couple comments.

“Back in the day, he was it,’’ DeChambeau said. “He was the golden star. He was the one everybody looked up to.’’

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