Brooks Koepka has no downside letting his feud with Bryson DeChambeau drag on.
The four-time main winner addressed the duo’s dig-filled back-and-forth at The British Open on Tuesday, and stated DeChambeau is “truthful sport” to his feedback.
Why? Koepka claimed DeChambeau didn’t comply with by way of on an obvious settlement they made on the 2019 Northern Belief match at Liberty Nationwide in New Jersey.
“We had a dialog at Liberty, and he didn’t maintain up his finish of the cut price and I didn’t like that, so I’ll take my photographs,” Koepka stated concerning the origins of their rift.
“He didn’t like that I had talked about his identify in gradual play, so we had a dialog within the locker room,” Koepka stated concerning the change at Liberty Nationwide.
“After which I suppose we stated one thing else within the press convention however didn’t point out his identify in it, and he walked as much as [Koepka’s caddie] Ricky [Elliott], stated one thing. It was, ‘You inform your man if he’s obtained one thing to say, say it to myself.’ I assumed that was ironic as a result of he went straight to Ricky. Ricky informed me once I got here out, hit a couple of putts, after which simply walked proper over to him, we had a dialog.”
Koepka went on to say the pair “agreed” to not converse of each other and “simply form of let it die off,” however issues didn’t go as deliberate.
“So then he determined I suppose he was occurring that little, no matter, enjoying video video games on-line or no matter and introduced my identify up and stated a couple of issues, so now it’s truthful sport,” Koepka stated, referencing when DeChambeau, in January 2020, poked enjoyable at Koepka’s physique when he appeared in ESPN’s “The Body Issue.”
On the time, Koepka fired back on Twitter with a photograph of his 4 main championships, writing, “You had been proper @b_dechambeau I’m 2 in need of a 6 pack!” (DeChambeau, on the time, had not gained a significant.)
DeChambeau addressed Koepka’s “truthful sport” touch upon Tuesday at The Open.
“He can say no matter he needs. I feel he stated one thing again at Liberty Nationwide not upholding one thing. I don’t know what he’s speaking about in that regard,” DeChambeau stated, admitting, “Possibly that’s on me. Possibly I didn’t. I actually don’t keep in mind something about that.
He recalled, “We simply had a dialog that I actually don’t know what occurred, as a result of we haven’t actually bantered backwards and forwards till now, so it’s like why is that taking place now.”
DeChambeau added, “In addition to that, I’m simply right here to play golf and give attention to that. If we wish to preserve bantering backwards and forwards, clearly being respectful and conserving strains the place they aren’t getting crossed, yeah, I feel it’s enjoyable and a superb atmosphere for folks in golf.”
Regardless of the rivalry — which gained momentum earlier this yr, when Koepka was caught rolling his eyes at DeChambeau in a leaked viral video on the PGA Championships — the golfers imagine they will co-exist if paired up on the Ryder Cup in September.
“Look, I can put it apart for enterprise. If we’re going to be on the identical workforce, I can take care of anyone on the earth for per week,” Koepka stated at The Open when requested a couple of potential pairing with DeChambeau.
“We’re not going to be high-fiving and having late-night conversations. I do my factor; he does his factor… Like I stated, I can put something apart for a workforce, enterprise, no matter, simply to get the job achieved. No downside with that.”
As for DeChambeau? He wouldn’t thoughts being partnered with Koepka on the Ryder Cup.
“I feel could be form of humorous truly. I feel we’d do properly, to be sincere,” he stated. “It could create a bit attention-grabbing vibe for the workforce or for the fellows we’re enjoying towards.”