By Nolan Philips
American golfer Bryson DeChambeau has apologised after being rebuked for his behaviour at the end of European Open in Germany on Sunday.
DeChambeau threw away any chance of victory with an error-strewn meltdown as he played the final four holes in five over par, including a triple bogey at the last on the Green Eagle course in Hamburg.
He exchanged only the briefest of handshakes with the winner, journeyman Richard McEvoy, before striding rapidly off the green to sign his card.
The display drew the attention of many on social media, including DeChambeau’s peer, Englishman Eddie Pepperell.
“Has to be said, as far as classless handshakes go, that was a good’n!,” tweeted Pepperell, who last week threatened to steal an unlikely victory at the British Open, where he finished three strokes off the pace.
Has to be said, as far as classless handshakes go, that was a good’n!
— Eddie Pepperell (@PepperellEddie) July 29, 2018
Golf Channel analysts also commented on DeChambeau’s actions, noting the contrast with the way Greg Norman and Phil Mickelson have always handled major championship losses.
It did not take long for DeChambeau to realise it had not been his finest moment.
“I apologise to Richard McEvoy and the fans for my brevity on 18,” world number 23 wrote on Instagram.
“He is a class act, worthy champion and I enjoyed playing with him the past two days.”
DeChambeau finished equal 13th after closing with a six-over-par 78.
Meanwhile, Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, and Patrick Reed have all made sure of their place on the US Ryder Cup team ahead of this year’s competition in Le Golf National in Paris in the final week of September.
The trio officially clinched their spots on the team following the Canadian Open — won Sunday by Johnson by three strokes — and cannot not now mathematically fall outside the top eight in the points race with two events remaining.
Koepka, who claimed his second US Open on the trot at Shinnecock Hills in June, heads the standings on 8,981.472 points with two events left — the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the PGA Championship.
There are five remaining automatic spots up for grabs with Justin Thomas, Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Webb Simpson ranked fourth to eighth in the standings in that order.
DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson, Xander Schauffele, Matt Kuchar, Kevin Kisner, Tony Finau and Brian Harman are all nipping at the heels of the top eight, all within 1,000 points of Simpson.