Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka finally settle their differences this week in The Match, where they'll take eachother on over 12 holes at the Wynn in Las Vegas.
Ahead of The Match, the two have been selling the duel thanks to some spicy comments in a conference call where both men didn't hold back. This is despite the pair hugging at the Ryder Cup winning press conference, although both Brooks and Bryson say it was forced.
“I wouldn’t put much on a forced hug,” Koepka said.
“It was definitely a little forced,” DeChambeau said. “The team wanted us to do it, and to be honest I was surprised he did it. But I’m a guy that can put things behind me pretty quickly when you apologize and then we can move along. But it definitely felt forced, there wasn’t an apology or anything like that. Until I get an apology for what he’s said and what not, nothing will change.”
DeChambeau went on to describe the treatment received by Koepka as "disgusting", whilst hinting it was to help him make headlines and earn more of the PIP (Player Impact Program), which offers financial rewards to players for their popularity off the course.
“This is all real on my end,” DeChambeau confirmed. “It’s disgusting the way the guy has tried to knock me down. There’s no need for it in the game of golf, he’s just tried to knock me down at every angle, every avenue. For what reason, I don’t know. Maybe it’s because he’s jealous and wants to get a part of that PIP money from the tour. That’s probably a part of it, because it was squashed until that was announced.”
Koepka says he's never really liked DeChambeau and is particularly annoyed after the Golfing Scientist spoke to his caddie Rickie Elliott. DeChambeau reportedly went up to Elliott and said to "tell your man if he’s got something to say, say it to myself," after Koepka was publicly criticising his pace of play.
“I’ve said it like 10 different times. I’ve never really liked him,” Koepka said. "I think we played together maybe when he was an amateur at Augusta, that was the only time that I can think of that we ever played. We didn’t get along there, didn’t get along since he got out [on Tour], and then he said that stuff to Rick and I just thought it was crap. You don’t go ask my caddie to say something to me. Just come to me. Don’t be a little baby about it. I think he’s learned his lesson.”
Koepka comes into The Match off the back of two missed cuts but will have some new equipment in the bag after signing with Srixon. “He’s been lacking a bit recently,” DeChambeau said on Koepka’s form. “I’m happy for him that he signed with Srixon, wink wink.”
Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-6. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!
Elliott is currently playing:
Driver: Titleist TSR4
3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max
Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max
Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW
Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58
Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x