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After months of feuding, trading jabs during interviews and on social media, then seemingly making up at the Ryder Cup — there was even a bro hug! — until that unraveled earlier this week, Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka are finally taking this rivalry to the golf course.
Today, in the latest installment of “The Match” series, the two are going head-to-head at Wynn Golf Club in Las Vegas.
DeChambeau, who has had quite a year filled with ups and downs, entered the event as the favorite, (-137) according to Caesars Sportsbook. Koepka, who is at +110, is hoping this 12-hole grudge match might help him find his missing form.
From the play to the trash talk, we’ll have you covered from first shot to last putt.
Let’s compare what the two have done:
And what they’ve done when in the same group:
Let the trash talk begin
PGA Tour officials don’t want fans taunting DeChambeau with shouts of “Brooksy” at its events, but that rule apparently doesn’t apply to Koepka. His ride for Friday’s match includes many of his favorite verbal jabs toward DeChambeau:
“2 short of a 6 pack”
“Let’s go Brooksy”
“There’s an ant”
Let the insults begin.
Just say ‘Brooksy’
In an otherwise mundane prematch news conference — actually, it was fans sending in questions during a livestream event — about an hour before they teed off, Koepka and DeChambeau were asked what they would whisper to their opponent if the other had a putt to win on the 12th hole.
‘”Brooksy’ seems to get to him quite a bit,” Koepka said. “He had to go to the Tour to get them to stop.”
“It’s simple: I’d just be walking on the cart path in spikes,” DeChambeau replied.
Of course, the sound of DeChambeau’s spikes were what sent Koepka’s eyes rolling during a post-round interview at the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island in May. Even Koepka admitted on Friday that the incident sent their beef to another level.
“The spikes drowned out the sound of his mouth,” Koepka said. “I enjoyed hearing the spikes.”
Tom Brady has thoughts
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, who played with Phil Mickelson against Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning in the event a year ago, has already chimed in about his former partner, who is offering TV commentary with Charles Barkley.
No. 1: Par 4
And we’re off at the Wynn Golf Club, with DeChambeau passing out cupcakes for Friendsgiving on the first tee, which drew a slight grin from Koepka.
DeChambeau found trouble from the start, with his opening tee shot landing behind a small bush in the pine bark. Fortunately for him, he got a free drop because the sprinkler system was in his line of play. He knocked his second shot into the greenside bunker. Koepka’s drive also went way right in the rough, but he was able to hit the green.
Koepka two-putted, and DeChambeau got up and down to tie the hole.
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