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U.S. Open: Brooks Koepka vs. Bryson DeChambeau — Why everyone is talking about golf’s new rivalry

A video clip shows Koepka losing his train of thought when he “hears a bull” as DeChambeau walks behind him in the middle interview went viral at the PGA Championship in May.

And so a new template for the next viral meme was born, with the most willing users being NFL superstar and seven-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady.

The 43-year-old defender mocked DeChambeau when he announced the two would join the upcoming ‘The Match III’ – alongside Phil Mickelson and Aaron Rodgers – with a series of memes targeting the 2020 US Open winner.

The feud between Koepka and DeChambeau continued to smolder. Fans waved to DeChambeau at the Memorial Tournament, shouted “Brooksie” as he walked past, and reported The result is being excluded from the event.
Then Koepka posted a video offering free beer to any spectator disqualified from the Memorial Tournament because of DeChambeau’s fanaticism.

Koepka says he thinks competition can be good for golf.

“The fact that golf appears on most news sites for about two weeks fairly regularly, I think that’s a good thing,” said Koepka. speak reporters during a press conference ahead of the Palmetto Championship in Congaree. “The game is evolving.

“The younger generation – I understand the traditionalists don’t agree with that. I understand that, but I think to develop the game you have to reach out to the younger generation and I think that’s the thing – I don’t I don’t mean this – but it’s reaching a whole lot of people.

“It’s golfing in front of everyone.”

DeChambeau is not opposed to it either.

“I think it’s fun,” he said at his pre-US Open press conference. “There’s a point where it’s a great joke.

“Personally I like it. I think, as time goes on, I hope at the end of the week we can go head to head and compete. I think it’s going to be fun and it’s going to be great for the game.”

Koepka and DeChambeau attend the launch of the HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship.

Boil

Competitions between golfers are not uncommon. There’s been Arnold Palmer against Jack Nicklaus and more recently Tiger Woods against Phil Mickelson.

But the age of social media has really helped amplify the Koepka-DeChambeau problem.

The original clip of Koepka’s frustration at DeChambeau was a departure from a Golf Channel interview that was leaked on social media.

Memes exchanged between players have increased tensions, with DeChambeau posting a snap of Koepka with a smaller image of him on his Instagram story saying he is living “for free” in the head of the big four times winner.

Their exchanges on social media have had fans liking, commenting on and giving their opinions on the controversy. And after recently notification of the PGA Tour’s Player Impact Program (PIP) designed to reward players who actively drive fan and sponsor engagement, DeChambeau isn’t afraid to get involved.
“I think golf is changing; it’s evolving, so there will come a time when it’s going to be like this, and if I’m the one to carry it and whatever, you know, great,” DeChambeau speak after the Memorial Tournament. “I’m glad there’s more conversation about me because of the PIP fund.”
PIP will award the 10 most popular players based on a composite score of their media exposure from report 40 million dollar fund.
And Koepka herself has no regrets about the video emerging. “It doesn’t bother me, to be honest,” he speak.

“I’m fine with whatever I do. I don’t really live with regrets. I have nothing to be sad about. From everyone I’ve talked to, that’s what and goes on.”

Koepka hits his shot from the 17th tee in the first round of the Palmetto Championship.

No effects

With the competition surpassing social media, entertainment fans have come to appreciate the two giants of the game.

That’s why, as the US Open kicks off on Thursday at Torrey Pines, some are demanding to pair Koepka and DeChambeau on the opening day of the third major of the season.

Although the pair have been split for the opening two rounds, as two of the game’s top players, both could feature on Team USA for the upcoming Ryder Cup in September .

The hotly contested six-month U.S.-European contest, delayed since last year because of the coronavirus pandemic, is being held in Whistling Straits.

DeChambeau hits his shot from the 14th tee in the first round of The Memorial Tournament.

However, when asked about whether he thought their hit could distract the 12-man team, Koepka poured cold water on that opinion.

“I don’t understand why it’s like that,” he speak. “Only eight people are playing [and] four people sitting, whatever. I mean, I play with another person.

“Let’s say I don’t play with Bryson or Bryson doesn’t play with me; he takes care of his game, and I will take care of my game, and I don’t know if that has any effect. What would you do? outside the golf course has no effect on the golf course.”

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