One other main match, one other rehash of the Brooks Koepka-Bryson DeChambeau feud.
The 2 golfers, ranked sixth (DeChambeau) and eighth (Koepka) on this planet, have been embroiled in a feud courting again to 2019. The feud was identified to have began over points Koepka had with DeChambeau’s sluggish play, however forward of the 2021 British Open, Koepka defined why the general public quarrel has been long-lasting.
Koepka mentioned all of it dates again to a deal they made on the 2019 Northern Belief match at Liberty Nationwide in Jersey Metropolis, N.J.
“We had a dialog at Liberty, and he did not maintain up his finish of the cut price and I did not like that, so I will take my photographs,” Koepka mentioned, per ESPN’s Bob Harig.
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And what was the dialog about?
“He did not like that I had talked about his identify in sluggish play, so we had a dialog within the locker room,” Koepka mentioned. “After which I assume we mentioned one thing else within the press convention however did not point out his identify in it, and he walked as much as [Koepka’s caddie] Ricky [Elliott], mentioned one thing. It was, ‘You inform your man if he is bought 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 after I got here out, hit a couple of putts, after which simply walked proper over to him, we had a dialog.
“We each agreed we might go away one another out of it and would not point out one another, simply sort of let it die off, would not point out one another’s names, simply go about it. So then he determined I assume he was occurring that little, no matter, taking part in video video games on-line [on Twitch, in which he made light of Koepka appearing in ESPN’s The Body Issue] or no matter and introduced my identify up and mentioned a couple of issues, so now it is truthful recreation.”
Koepka definitely has gotten some photographs in of late. He took a shot at DeChambeau forward of “The Match 4” and likewise poked enjoyable at him after his split with long-time caddie Tim Tucker.
DeChambeau has gotten underneath Koepka’s pores and skin as effectively and notably interrupted a Koepka interview on the PGA Championship. Nevertheless, he is adamant that he does not know what deal he did not uphold with Koepka, and he is a bit confused as to why their chirps and banter have solely picked up a few years after the unique feud started.
“He can say no matter he needs,” DeChambeau mentioned. “I believe he mentioned one thing again at Liberty Nationwide not upholding one thing. I do not know what he is speaking about in that regard. Perhaps that is on me. Perhaps I did not. I actually do not keep in mind something about that. We simply had a dialog that I actually do not know what occurred, as a result of we’ve not actually bantered backwards and forwards till now, so it is like why is that taking place now.
“In addition to that, I am simply right here to play golf and give attention to that. If we wish to maintain bantering backwards and forwards, clearly being respectful and retaining traces the place they don’t seem to be getting crossed, yeah, I believe it is enjoyable and an excellent atmosphere for individuals in golf.”
The DeChambeau-Koepka feud has positively piqued the curiosity of golf followers, and plenty of hope that they’ll finally be paired at a significant match. We did not see that on the U.S. Open — the possibility was reportedly floated by the USGA but nixed — however maybe if each play effectively at The Open Championship, they’re going to find yourself taking part in collectively over the weekend at Royal St George’s.
DeChambeau seems to win his second main on the British Open whereas Koepka seems to earn his fifth and full a 3rd leg of the profession grand slam.