Back in September 2021, Brooks Koepka was set to face off against Barstool Sports president and founder, Dave Portnoy, in a $250,000 charity golf match. The stipulation was that Koepka had to play left-handed against the 18-handicapper.
Set to take place just two days after the Tour Championship, Koepka was unfortunately forced out of not just the tournament, but also the match with Portnoy, with the four-time Major winner hitting a tree root during his third round.
After he recovered though, the American never went on to face Portnoy, instead choosing a grudge match with Bryson DeChambeau, a player who Koepka has regularly had spats with throughout his professional career. Following the news, it's safe to say that Portnoy wasn't best pleased, as this video below shows.
Extremely strong words from Portnoy regarding Brooks Koepka.Sounds like the match is dead 😬😬 pic.twitter.com/EvYsjcrDCHApril 27, 2022
Speaking on his podcast with 'Chicago Eddie', Portnoy revealed that: "We had the match set-up for $250,000, Lefty vs Lefty. He got injured, whatever, s*** happens, the weekend before we were supposed to play. He DM's (Direct Messages) me, going 'sorry, we'll reschedule it'.
"There was a lot of work on our end, Eddie, to get this thing set-up. The broadcaster the tech-side, hours and hours and hours of setting this thing up, all on our end. Next thing you know, I don't hear from him and he is going 'hey! I'm doing this match against Bryson DeChambeau.'
"Listen, you do you. To not give me a heads up, he was not doing that first and after all the work we put in to our thing... Scumbag, piece of s***! If I wasted somebody's time and energy, not just mine, it wasn't actually mine, it was our company's, granted, I was practicing and injuring my shoulder. If I wasted that much time - it wasn't his fault that he got hurt, but the courtesy to go 'hey, I got this opportunity to do this first, then we will do you.' What a piece of s***. Not even a - I should have told you, nothing, what a piece of s***."
Barstool Sports have worked with some big names in golf, with their franchise 'Fore Play' racking up over 200,000 subscribers on YouTube alone.
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Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.
Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.
Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?
Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°
Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°
Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW
Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°
Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
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