ORLANDO, Fla. – Before starting Sunday’s final round at Bay Hill, Bryson DeChambeau received a text message from an eight-time Arnold Palmer Invitational champion.
Yes, Tiger Woods, who is still recovering from serious injuries sustained in a car accident less than two weeks ago in Los Angeles, messaged DeChambeau with a few words of encouragement.
“Out of nowhere and I wasn’t expecting anything,” DeChambeau said. “When I got that text message, I was like, ‘Wow, it’s pretty amazing that he’s thinking of me when he’s going through the tough times he’s going through right now.’
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During the text exchange, Woods apparently told DeChambeau to “keep fighting” and “play bravely like Mr. Palmer.”
“One of the things we talked about was, it’s not about how many times you get kicked to the sidewalk or knocked down, it’s about how many times you can get up and keep moving,” said DeChambeau, who only bogeyed on a brutally rough Sunday. , fired 71 and beat Lee Westwood by one shot. “And I think this red cardigan isn’t just for Mr. Palmer, but I’d say it’s a bit for Tiger too, knowing where he is now.”
DeChambeau also reciprocated the good wishes: “I said, ‘Keep moving, keep moving. You are going to get over it. You are the hardest working person I have ever met and you will persevere at this. “