Bryson DeChambeau speaks to the media prior to the 43rd Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits. Photo: Mike Ehrmann, Getty Images
HAVEN, WISCONSIN | No matter how many red-draped grandstands are situated across the man-made dunes at Whistling Straits nor the fact that Lake Michigan defines the eastern edge of this Ryder Cup setting, there is a sense of the great wide open here.
Cornfields and dairy farms, already showing the yellow tones of fall, surround the property that serves as the center of the golf universe this week – the pull almost magnetic after three years without the most emotionally compelling event in the game.
It is an ideal setting for Bryson DeChambeau to turn into a Paul Bunyan-like version of Uncle Sam. This could be the moment when DeChambeau, whose summer turned into a long ride on a rutted road, changes directions.
He needs it, and so does U.S. captain Steve Stricker and the 11 other American players tasked with taking the Ryder Cup back from a European side that has practically owned it for the past 25 year...
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