Paige Spiranac slams Tiger Woods name drop from ‘disingenuous’ Bryson DeChambeau following Arnold Palmer triumph

PAIGE SPIRANAC has criticised big-hitting Bryson DeChambeau for name-dropping Tiger Woods in his Arnold Palmer Invitational winning speech.

The American held off Lee Westwood's challenge to win the lucrative PGA Tour event by one shot on a thrilling Sunday.

DeChambeau, who packed on an extra 20kg of muscle in 2020 to help him generate more power off the tee, finished 11-under to scoop the £1.2million top prize at the Bay Hill Golf Club and Lodge.

The 27-year-old was obviously emotional after winning the tournament and claimed Tiger Woods helped inspire him to victory.

Woods, a 15-time major winner, was found unconscious after crashing his car last month and has since undergone surgery on a fractured leg and shattered ankle.

DeChambeau said: "It's been quite a battle. I don't even know what to say, to win at Mr Palmer's event, it's going to make me cry.

"It means the world to me. I got a text from Tiger [Woods] this morning and he obviously had done really well here. We talked about just keep fighting no matter what happens and play boldly like Mr Palmer said.

"My heart has been heavy with Tiger and what's been going on with him, I just kept telling myself it's not how many times you get kicked down it's about how many times you get picked back up and keep going, and that's what I did out there today."

But Spiranac, who was a star on the golf circuit as a youngster, believes his comments were 'disingenious.'

The 27-year-old social media personality initially wrote on Twitter: "I can respect Bryson and still find him annoying."

After a fan commented 'The thanking of the sponsors was a bit much', Spiranac responded: "I didn't like the Tiger name drop either."

She then added: "He just comes off disingenous at times."

After a couple of Ladies European Tour events, which coincided with the rise of her online fame, Spiranac won a Cactus Tour match in Arizona.

Having failed to qualify for the LPGA Tour, she quit professional playing and focused on building her online persona as a tutorial producer, podcaster and social media personality.

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