One other main match, one other rehash of the Brooks Koepka-Bryson DeChambeau feud.
The 2 golfers, ranked sixth (DeChambeau) and eighth (Koepka) on the earth, have been embroiled in a feud relationship again to 2019. The feud was identified to have began over points Koepka had with DeChambeau’s gradual 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 discount 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 title in gradual 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 title 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 acquired 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 just a few putts, after which simply walked proper over to him, we had a dialog.
“We each agreed we would 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 happening 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 title up and mentioned just a few issues, so now it is truthful sport.”
Koepka actually 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 break up with long-time caddie Tim Tucker.
DeChambeau has gotten below Koepka’s pores and skin as effectively and notably interrupted a Koepka interview on the PGA Championship. Nonetheless, he is adamant that he would not know what deal he didn’t 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 desires,” 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 bear in mind something about that. We simply had a dialog that I actually do not know what occurred, as a result of we have not actually bantered backwards and forwards till now, so it is like why is that occuring now.
“Moreover that, I am simply right here to play golf and concentrate on that. If we wish to maintain bantering backwards and forwards, clearly being respectful and maintaining strains the place they don’t seem to be getting crossed, yeah, I believe it is enjoyable and a very good surroundings for individuals in golf.”
The DeChambeau-Koepka feud has undoubtedly piqued the curiosity of golf followers, and plenty of hope that they’ll ultimately be paired at a serious match. We did not see that on the U.S. Open — the risk was reportedly floated by the USGA however 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 appears to be like to win his second main on the British Open whereas Koepka appears to be like to earn his fifth and full a 3rd leg of the profession grand slam.