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Bryson DeChambeau and his longtime caddie, Tim Tucker, have parted ways–at least for now.

No big deal, right? It happens all the time.

Well, it is a big deal if you’re a DeChambeau bettor. But more on that in a minute.

For right now, let’s dive a little deeper. Tucker has been on DeChambeau’s bag for all of his PGA Tour wins. He was also on the bag last week at the Travelers Championship. He was there for this week’s event in Detroit and looped during the practice rounds. Tucker was also listed as DeChambeau’s caddie for the tournament’s information.

Then, on the eve of this week’s event, something changed and that working relationship splintered.

Like many other relationships, all the right things were said as the two parted ways…at least for the time being. Whether it’s permanent or they are just taking a breather is anyone’s guess right now.

The Split, Chapter Two

It’s not the first time they have split as this also happened in 2017. They reunited in 2018 and have been working together since.

But, and here’s the tricky part, everyone needs to realize Tucker has one of the toughest jobs in sports.

We aren’t talking about the carrying the bag, raking the bunkers, etc., part of the job. That’s in everyone’s job description.

What we’re talking about is the day-to-day, round-to-round, shot-to-shot details that DeChambeau goes through.

Remember, this is the guy who isn’t like anyone else you’ve ever played golf with. For one aspect, all of his clubs have the same length of shafts. (If you didn’t know that, you’re not paying attention).

Sports Bettors Need To Dive Deeper

That brings us to the gambling portion of this article.

If you are paying attention, think about how this will influence your wagers for DeChambeau over the coming weeks and months. Bettors need to tread lightly as DeChambeau works on his game as well as his new relationship with his new caddie…or caddies…depending on how it may take for him to make a full-time choice. If Tucker comes back, all bets are off. (No pun intended).

Will his entire focus be on the round at hand? Only time, and a new caddie, will tell.

It’s Not Just About Swinging The Club

This is where it gets challenging. DeChambeau has a degree in physics from SMU.

Have you ever seen the chalkboards in commercials with wild equations written all over them and wondered what the heck all of that even means?

Well, DeChambeau can tell you. And he likely expected a lot of help from Tucker when it comes to figuring out each and every shot. Whether it’s wind, cool weather, hot weather, humidity, or any one of hundreds of other variables, DeChambeau tries to get to the bottom line–hitting the best shot possible with every swing.

Now that’s also got to be a lot of extra work for a caddie (we can just see Tucker dialing up the Weather Channel 15 minutes before DeChambeau’s tee time just in case.)

What Was The Breaking Point This Time?

Did it just get to be too much for Tucker? Maybe. But if that’s the case, why wait until the eve before the tournament at hand to hang it up. And why go through the practice rounds?

We’re probably never going to know the real reason. The thing we do know is DeChambeau is trying to gear up for the year’s fourth major, the Open Championship, and this distraction certainly won’t help that process.

Koepka Gets In His Little (Subtle) Jab

But while we wait, we can all marvel at how quickly Brooks Koepka got into the act.

It’s no secret DeChambeau and Koepka have an ongoing feud. The only question is how big is the feud? Is it one of those that will die out or will we be watching the barbs and blasts for years to come.

If Thursday was any indication, it’s only just begun.

Koepka was quick to get on Twitter and give praise to his caddie. We’re sure his caddie, Ricky Elliott, appreciated the shoutout from his boss but he’s also got to know the underlying message was sent elsewhere.

That boom you just heard was the weight set being dropped as DeChambeau hears about the tweet.

Bryson, it’s your move.

About the Author
Bill Bowman

Bill Bowman

Bill Bowman is a Las Vegas-based writer who has more than 40 years in the sports-writing business. He's spent the past 18-plus years covering the golf scene in Vegas including 10 years as a writer/editor with VegasGolfer Magazine. He also contributes to the GolfNow Network of websites and Las Vegas Golf Insider.

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