The new era of rising golf stars options extra mates than foes. It’s not unusual to see Jordan Spieth and his buddies Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler and Smylie Kaufman throughout one another’s Instagram tales.
But there’s one rivalry within the up-and-coming era, and that’s between Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau. Maybe it is extra of a feud — name it no matter you need. But two of the PGA Tour’s best gamers have had just a few attention-drawing spats. They enter the 2020 Masters with DeChambeau ranked sixth on this planet and Koepka ranked twelfth, and earlier than the week is over at Augusta National, they could be requested about one another a few times extra (or in a made-for-television godsend, perhaps they will wind up in the identical group on the weekend).
Here’s a glance again on the notable moments in Koepka and DeChambeau’s relationship (to this point).
- Jan. 2019: Brooks Koepka complains about Bryson DeChambeau’s sluggish play
- Aug. 2019: DeChambeau admits Koepka would ‘kick my ass’ in a battle
- July 2020: Koepka trolls DeChambeau with ‘steroid’ tweet
- July 2020: Koepka jokes about DeChambeau’s ant close to his ball remark
- May 2021: Koepka reacts to DeChambeau remark throughout interview
Jan. 2019: Brooks Koepka complains about Bryson DeChambeau’s sluggish play
Golf has not been proof against the pace-of-play dialogue that’s made its manner into a variety of sports activities. DeChambeau is among the slower opponents on tour, approaching every shot with a scientific course of that requires extra time than your common golf shot on the native course.
Koepka was requested about his ideas on sluggish play shortly after that video clip of DeChambeau above, whereas talking on the Golf’s Monthly podcast. This is what Koepka needed to say:
“I just don’t understand how it takes a minute and 20 seconds, a minute and 15 to hit a golf ball; it’s not that hard. It’s always between two clubs; there’s a miss short, there’s a miss long. It really drives me nuts especially when it’s a long hitter because you know you’ve got two other guys or at least one guy that’s hitting before you so you can do all your calculations; you should have your numbers. Obviously if you’re the first guy you might take ten extra seconds, but it doesn’t take that long to hit the ball, especially if it’s not blowing 30. If it’s blowing 30 I understand taking a minute and taking some extra time with some gusts, you know changing just slightly, I get that but if it’s a calm day there’s no excuse. Guys are already so slow it’s kind of embarrassing. I just don’t get why you enforce some things and don’t enforce others.”
DeChambeau had a response.
“It’s really fairly spectacular that we’re capable of get all that stuff performed in 45 seconds; individuals don’t understand that it’s very troublesome to do all the things we do in 45 seconds. I believe that anyone that has a difficulty with it, I perceive, however we’re enjoying for our livelihoods out right here, and that is what we wish to do. If we wish to present the best leisure for you, it’s a part of our course of, or it’s a part of my course of, no less than.”
“We try and speed up. Trust me, we do our due diligence to speed up and do our best. We’re not trying to slow anyone down. I’m not trying to slow anyone down. It’s just a part of the process, and unfortunately the Rules of Golf allow for a certain amount of time, and we’re (using it) to our fullest potential.”
The PGA Tour up to date its pace-of-play guidelines in January. Any participant who takes greater than 120 seconds to take a shot might be assessed an Excessive Shot Time. Officials can then assess a one-stroke penalty for the second dangerous time in a match, and for each dangerous time thereafter. Players can even be fined for such occasions.
The tour put collectively an Observation List primarily based on ShotLink information, which tells them how lengthy gamers take for every shot (it is not publicly accessible information). Then officers can select to watch particularly egregious people on a selected foundation.
You also can learn this entertaining piece from Golf Digest to see if Koepka actually has a case about DeChambeau’s shot-playing.
Aug. 2019: DeChambeau admits Koepka would ‘kick my ass’ in a battle
On SiriusXM Radio, DeChambeau and Koepka have been each on the identical present with Michael Collins. They had just lately met and spoke on the apply inexperienced at a match, and issues appeared amicable. When DeChambeau was requested about it, he put himself in his place.
“Let’s be honest, we know who would win that fight,” DeChambeau mentioned of a hypothetical bout between him and Koepka. “And it’s not me.”
Koepka hammered the purpose residence: “You got that right.”
DeChambeau once more mentioned “I want to make it faster, no doubt.” And then in exhibiting his youth, he concluded his feedback with this: “I would love it if I was done in two hours and ‘See ya later.’ I’d be playing ‘Fortnite’ all day long.”
July 2020: Koepka trolls DeChambeau with ‘steroid’ tweet
When the PGA Tour returned from its coronavirus shutdown, DeChambeau looked as strong as ever and was hitting his drives further than any player had consistently in the tour’s history. That led to wondering whether DeChambeau’s bulking up was all protein shakes and muscle activation, as he claimed.
Koepka got in on the action, too. He went for the subtweet approach this time, using a Kenny Powers GIF to troll DeChambeau.
After winning a tournament in September, DeChambeau was asked about the added length to his game.
“I was hitting it (like) just a normal, average tour player a year ago,” DeChambeau said. “And then I all of a sudden got a lot stronger, worked out every day, been working out every day, and all of a sudden — not because of clubs, but because of me — I was able to gain 20, 25 yards.”
DeChambeau concluded with an inconvenient word choice: “You’ve kept me pushing the needle, moving the needle, and (my supporters are) going to keep inspiring me to.”
July 2020: Koepka jokes about DeChambeau’s ant close to his ball remark
During the primary spherical of the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, DeChambeau hit a shot into the timber and requested for reduction from the touchdown spot attributable to a purple ant close to his ball. The request was denied.
Koepka had clearly heard concerning the request, and the subsequent day, he hit a drive in an identical location. After lining up over his ball, he stepped away and mentioned to his caddy, “There’s an ant.”
After a pause, Koepka clarified that he was joking. Nick Faldo remarked on the printed, “Bryson is definitely causing some entertainment out there.”
May 2021: Koepka reacts to DeChambeau remark throughout interview
Koepka, giving an interview following the second spherical of the 2021 PGA Championship, was seemingly interrupted by DeChambeau whereas discussing the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, S.C.
Warning: Explicit language used.
It’s arduous to inform from the video what DeChambeau mentioned to elicit Koepka’s response. But in accordance with replies to the unique tweet from individuals who claimed to be there, he mentioned, “Maybe you should hit it on the right line” after Koepka said he found the course “troublesome to learn.”