Brooks Koepka reignites feud with arch rival Bryson DeChambeau following Californian’s split with caddie Tim Tucker as World No 7-ranked golfer shares photo with bagman Ricky Elliot in ‘caddie appreciation day’ Twitter post
- Brooks Koepka has taunted Bryson DeChambeau following his caddie split
- The 27-year-old announced his split from longtime bagman Tim Tucker this week
- Koepka, 31, took to Twitter to share a photo with his caddie, Ricky Elliot
- The American posted ‘caddie appreciation day’ in a blatant jibe at his rival
- The golf stars’ bitter feud has delighted fans since the USPGA Championship
Brooks Koepka has once again taken aim at rival Bryson DeChambeau following the 27-year-old’s split from longtime caddie Tim Tucker in a blatant social media jibe.
DeChambeau announced this week that he and Tucker had ‘mutually’ agreed to part ways with agent Brett Falkoff insisting that ‘all good things come to an end’.
Tucker had been by DeChambeau’s side for all eight of his PGA Tour victories, leaving fans intrigued as to where the big-hitting American goes from here.
Brooks Koepka has aimed a dig at rival Bryson DeChambeau after he split with his caddie
DeChambeau, 27, announced this week that he and Tim Tucker had ‘mutually agreed’ to split
And arch rival Koepka has not let the opportunity to tease his rival fall by the wayside, taking to Twitter to post an image with his trusted caddie, Ricky Elliott, in a blatant dig at his countryman.
‘Couldn’t do it without my guy Rick! Best friend and greatest caddie to do it @RickyElliot appreciation day!’
The World No 7-ranked golfer then followed up his tweet by responding to a post questioning the timing of DeChambeau’s split, done just before this week’s Rocket Mortgage Classic.
Koepka, 31, took to Twitter to share an image with bagman Ricky Elliot in a blatant jibe
DeChambeau had a sponsor’s employee on his bag for this week’s Rocket Mortgage Classic
‘It just became caddie appreciation day!’ he posted in another tweet indirectly aimed at his rival.
The animosity between the pair broke into the open at the USPGA Championship last month, in a leaked video of Koepka explaining about his putting difficulties, while DeChambeau walked behind him. ‘Try hitting them on the right line,’ chuntered the latter.
Koepka was unamused. Fumbling for words, he closed his eyes theatrically and said: ’I’ve lost my train of thought… listening to that b******t.’
The feud is the talk of the locker room. Rory McIlroy, who is also playing in Ohio, said: ‘I sent Brooks a message when it all came out, telling him I don’t care what happens to me at the Memorial, this has made my week.’
Koepka saw the opportunity to snipe at DeChambeau by offering out free beers to fans who had taunted his rival at the Memorial Tournament
Meanwhile, for 33 holes at the Memorial Tournament in Ohio last month, Dehambeau’s weekend was played out to a constant accompaniment of ‘Let’s go Brooksie’ and similar taunts. It was bad enough for some fans to be ejected from the premises by police.
Koepka, who was not even playing in the tournament, could not resist a mischievous barb on Twitter on that occasion either.
Koepka sparked the taunts by posting an old video in which DeChambeau had got annoyed
Thanking the fans for their support, he added the provocative rider that 50 crates of beer would be despatched to spectators ‘whose day was cut short’
DeChambeau, who denied reports that he had asked for fans to be thrown out, is determined publicly to cling to what counts as the high ground in this pantomime affair. ‘The fans can keep calling me that all day if they want, it’s flattering, I have no issue with it,’ he said.
Jordan Spieth, who played the first two rounds with DeChambeau, added: ‘Any bad hole from Bryson, fans were yelling in support of Brooks, then supporting him if he had a good hole. It was like a pseudo rivalry and Koepka’s not even here. I could see how it could be a distraction.’
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