Bryson DeChambeau, caddy, takes a break earlier than Rocket Mortgage Traditional

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  • Michael Collins

    Shut downESPN Senior Writer

    • Senior writer / video talent for
    • Worked for several players as a PGA tour caddy
    • Former stand-up comedian
  • Tom VanHaaren

    Shut downESPN staff writer

    • ESPN staff writer
    • With ESPN since 2011
    • Graduated from Central Michigan

DETROIT – Bryson DeChambeau and caddy Tim Tucker are on hiatus, DeChambeau told ESPN Michael Collins on Thursday.

DeChambeau plays in the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit, and Tucker was on the wallet for DeChambeau earlier this week. DeChambeau told Collins that Tucker didn’t quit right away, but the two will take time apart.

He didn’t say how long the break would be, but Ben Schomin will be in Detroit for DeChambeau Caddy for the remainder of the tournament. After the tournament, the search for a new caddy begins.

“They went their separate ways for the time being,” DeChambeau agent Brett Falkoff told ESPN’s Bob Harig. “That doesn’t mean forever, but it does mean they aren’t working together now. They met last night and decided to move on. It’s just a pile of things and it’s never easy when a player and a caddy break up. You just made up your mind. ” The best situation right now was not being together anymore. “

Tucker and DeChambeau had this situation before when Tucker quit in 2017, although the two were reunited in 2018.

DeChambeau shot a straight par 72 in Thursday’s suspended opening round, leaving him nine shots behind leading Davis Thompson.

Schomin, Director of Tour Operations for Cobra Golf, told ESPN’s Collins after the round that he loves his current job and is not sure if he wants another one should he be offered the chance to become a full-time caddy for DeChambeau .

“I think our interaction, he liked it, he liked walking down the fairway,” said Schomin when asked what he learned in his first stint as a DeChambeau caddy. “I get these guys, they’re on an island. So I think it helps to maybe be there on an island and just chat and talk and try to keep it easy.”

Brooks Koepka, who was involved in a rivalry with DeChambeau, did not let Thursday’s news pass without comment. Koepka tweeted a greeting to his caddy Ricky Elliott and wrote: “Couldn’t do it without my guy Rick!”

Couldn’t do it without my guy Rick! Best friend and best caddy to do it💯 @RickyElliott Appreciation Day!

– Brooks Koepka (@BKoepka) July 1, 2021

DeChambeau is the defending champion at the Rocket Mortgage Classic.

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