Bryson DeChambeau has been accused of using steroids by plenty of people online, even Brooks Koepka jokingly implied it on Twitter, after he put on 30+ pounds and became the longest hitter on the PGA Tour. As the world watched him overpower one of the toughest golf courses on the planet this past weekend en route to winning the U.S. Open, Paul Azinger uttered the word ‘steroids’ during the broadcast on Sunday, but he certainly wasn’t implying anything.
‘Validation’ was the most popular description used to describe DeChambeau winning his first major championship this weekend at Winged Foot. Azinger used the word multiple times down the stretch on Sunday, once saying ‘validation on steroids.’ As per usual, some people on the world wide web took his quote out of context and convinced their brains that maybe he was implying DeChambeau was juicing.
You could say it was a poor choice of words, but thinking that he meant something by the comment is absolutely ridiculous. Azinger could have said that phrase about any other golfer on Sunday and nobody would have noticed it, but since he said it about The Big Golfer it has to be dissected.
Golfweek got a hold of Azinger via text and the former major champion turned broadcaster explained his comment.
“If anyone was thinking I was implying that Bryson was on steroids they completely misinterpreted that,” he said. “They get tested twice a week for crying out loud. Bad choice of words. He took a lot of (bleep) and validated everything he’s done. If that needs cleaning up then the world has gone to hell.”
There you have it, Azinger meant nothing by the comment he made.
As for DeChambeau, he absolutely validated every change he’s made over the past 12 months, and for any of the haters he still has out there, they now have no choice but to tip their cap to the major champ.