(Reuters) – The feud between Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka went to the following degree on Friday, when followers had been reportedly faraway from the Memorial Tournament for heckling the reigning U.S. Open champion together with his rival’s nickname “Brooksy.”
The unhealthy blood between the 2 gamers has largely performed out over social media however shortly moved into the actual world at Dublin, Ohio’s Muirfield Village.
Asked in regards to the taunts, DeChambeau instructed reporters it was unacceptable for spectators to disrupt play.
“I don’t care what they say. Like if they say that, it’s not a big deal to me, it’s flattering,” stated the 27-year-old American, who carded an even-par 72. “But I’ll also say that if they say it during a back stroke that’s different.”
He sidestepped questions relating to whether or not he had requested safety to escort any spectators shouting “Brooksy” from the course, as reported by a journalist https://twitter.com/AkronJackson/status/1400873617429250053 for the Athletic.
“The officers take care of that. I don’t really care,” DeChambeau stated.
The PGA Tour didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.
The feud between the 2 Americans dates again to 2019. Any remaining doubt of their shared acrimony was obliterated final month when a leaked video https://www.espn.com/golf/story/_/id/31508489/leaked-video-shows-brooks-koepka-rolling-eyes-bryson-dechambeau-cursing-frustration from the PGA Championship confirmed the four-time main winner Koepka rolling his eyes and angrily muttering as DeChambeau walked behind him throughout an interview.
Koepka, who is just not competing this week, was reveling within the heckling on Friday, providing in a video posted to Twitter https://twitter.com/BKoepka/status/1400953247376941059 50 instances of free beer to any followers whose time was “cut short” at the event.
“What’s up, guys? It’s Brooksy,” stated Koepka.
“I heard a bunch of you were shouting my name at the golf tournament today. I know I’m not playing but thank you guys for showing support.”
(Reporting by Amy Tennery; Editing by William Mallard)