Brooks Koepka might have been sad over his putting throughout the PGA Championship. He certainly was disillusioned within the followers who overwhelmed safety to make his trek up the 18th fairway an journey on Sunday.
But Koepka felt all that and extra for Byson DeChambeau after Friday’s second spherical.
The look on Koepka’s face and disgust in his voice whereas muttering a couple of expletives after DeChambeau interrupted an interview stated all you need to know about their relationship.
In the leaked video, Koepka was speaking to Golf Channel’s Todd Lewis about his poor putting when DeChambeau walked by and chimed in.
“I just felt it difficult to read, you sometimes …,” Koepka stated earlier than stopping. He rolled his eyes after which misplaced his focus.
DeChambeau simply appeared within the background and half of what he stated was clear: “Keep it on the line.”
After his preliminary response, Koepka tried to proceed earlier than shaking his head once more. “I (expletive) lost … I lost my train of thought. Yeah, hearing that bulls—t,” he stated.
Brooks Koepka putts on the 18th inexperienced throughout the ultimate spherical of the PGA Championship golf match. (Photo: David Yeazell-USA TODAY Sports)
Clearly upset, he added one other expletive earlier than Lewis stated, “Alright, we’re starting over,” earlier than telling Koepka how a lot the crew would get pleasure from that.
“I honestly wouldn’t even care,” Koepka stated.
The Koepka-DeChambeau feud began three years in the past and it seems to be simmering. Could this carry it to a full boil?
These are two proud, intense opponents, although very a lot opposites in character. DeChambeau is the extra well-liked on Tour and clearly the extra outgoing. He has grow to be a showman this season since bulking up final summer time so as to add size to his recreation.
DeChambeau loves the vitality and lets the followers understand it, the perfect instance his response at Bay Hill this yr when his drive on the 555-yard, par-5 sixth gap cleared the lake and traveled 370 yards. He acknowledged the roars by thrusting his arms into the air.
Koepka, in the meantime, just isn’t among the many fan favorites. One spectator on the first tee field earlier than Sunday’s ultimate spherical of the PGA Championship implored Mickelson to “not screw it up” as a result of “we would not want to see Brooks win.”
Taking a way more businesslike, severe, me-against-the-world method to his recreation, Koepka doesn’t work together with followers as a lot as most of the Tour’s stars. Koepka, although very severe and impassive, may be sincere and provides considerate solutions throughout interview classes.
This week, Koepka has been criticized, unfairly, for his feedback on the followers’ conduct Sunday. His problem when complaining about the out-of-control scene was security and never the juiced crowd making an attempt to get a more in-depth have a look at eventual champion Phil Mickelson. He stated it was “cool for Phil,” but not for him after his knee was “dinged” a few times.
This will not be Jack vs. Arnie or Tiger vs. Phil with regards to royalty or status, nevertheless it’s attending to be much more enjoyable in a recreation that would use an excellent old school rivalry to boost issues.
While each have received eight instances on Tour, Koepka clearly has the higher hand with regards to majors with 4 to DeChambeau’s one, and 14 prime 10s to Bryson’s two.
This feud dates again to when Koepka began voicing his frustration over tempo of play. Others have been as aggravated, however none have been as outspoken about it as Koepka. And DeChambeau took offense. After all, he was the poster youngster of sluggish play, particularly after a video of him taking greater than two minutes to hit an 8-foot putt.
“I mentioned his name once. I don’t think I’ve come at him. I just talked about slow play, and obviously he feels I’m talking about him every time,” Koepka stated on the 2019 Northern Trust.
DeChambeau informed Koepka’s caddie, Ricky Elliott, that Koepka ought to converse to him immediately if he had an issue with his tempo of play, in accordance with stories.
The two then had a chat and stated the air was cleared.
Last summer time, as DeChambeau was pumping iron to reshape his physique in pursuit of the 400-yard drive, he took a shot at Koepka’s physique on a video-game stay stream, poking enjoyable at Koepka’s abs.
One day later Koepka fired again with a tweet displaying his 4 main trophies.
“You were right @b_dechambeau I am 2 short of a 6 pack!”
This might get to be enjoyable. The two definitely will probably be within the U.S. Open discipline in June at Torrey Pines, however three occasions will probably be performed earlier than then. While neither is enjoying within the Charles Schwab Challenge this week, DeChambeau is entered within the Memorial, Jack Nicklaus’ match held in Dublin, Ohio, beginning June 3. It is unknown if Koepka will play the Memorial.
Now, the Tour must do the precise factor and put them in the identical grouping at their subsequent match.