The feud between Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau survived the journey throughout the Atlantic to the British Open with barbs intact, erupting and entertaining anew on Tuesday. Among the highlights:
At a information convention forward of the match at Royal St. George’s in southeast England, a reporter started his query to DeChambeau with a cheery “Hi, Brooks.”
(Probably an accident, or maybe the understated worldwide model of the “Let’s go Brooks-y” taunts repeatedly shouted at DeChambeau within the States.)
DeChambeau tried to take the slight in stride, to not blink within the face of direct hearth. Except that within the subsequent 5 seconds, DeChambeau’s eyelids batted to a detailed eight instances.
The grudge between the pair gained one other chapter when Koepka was requested how he would coexist with DeChambeau on the U.S. Ryder Cup staff in September, when the Americans might be anticipated to behave like a bunch of reunited fraternity brothers. “You realize it’s only a week, right?” Koepka stated.
He added: “I can deal with anybody in the world for a week.”
But Koepka’s questioner persevered: What if he and DeChambeau are paired collectively in a single or a number of tense matches within the conventional biennial battle towards European golfers?
“I’m not playing with him,” Koepka answered. And then he set the budding “Kumbaya” second on hearth with this apart: “We’re not going to be high-fiving and having late-night conversations.”
In the spirit of putting up with disagreement, DeChambeau stated on Tuesday that he thought being paired with Koepka was a smashing thought.
“It would be kind of funny, actually,” he stated. “I think we’d do well, to be honest. It would create a little interesting vibe for the team or for the guys we’re playing against.”
And on it went — not that any members of the information media have been making an attempt to place an finish to such completely good theater. Men in completely pressed golf apparel hardly ever have interaction in mud wrestling.
Some PGA Tour members assume the dust-up is a ruse, a conspiracy between the 2 extremely ranked golfers to raise their particular person profiles and social media followings, however Koepka rejected that notion on Tuesday. When a reporter puzzled if there wasn’t a “pantomime element” to your entire affair, Koepka replied that there was a really actual story behind the dangerous blood.
Koepka referred to an impromptu assembly between the 2 of them at a match late in 2019, after he had introduced up DeChambeau’s identify in an interview when discussing the scourge of life on the PGA Tour — sluggish gamers.
After the assembly, Koepka stated, the 2 agreed to maintain any private disputes personal.
“He didn’t hold up his end of the bargain, and I didn’t like that, so I’ll take my shots,” Koepka stated.
Bryson DeChambeau in a observe spherical Tuesday. He stated he didn’t share Koepka’s reminiscence of their assembly in 2019.Credit…Paul Childs/Reuters
There has been a certain quantity of thriller concerning the confab, which was carried out in full view of TV cameras on the sting of a observe inexperienced however by no means absolutely defined. On Tuesday, Koepka was requested to elaborate.
It can be pure at this level for some to shout: “Who cares?” But remember the fact that a leaked video of the 2 from the P.G.A. Championship in May — when Koepka, in the course of a tv interview, rolled his eyes as DeChambeau noisily walked behind him — was considered by greater than 10 million individuals inside a couple of hours of its posting.
So on Tuesday, Koepka gave his account of their 2019 dialogue.
“He didn’t like that I had mentioned his name in slow play,” Koepka stated, including that his caddie, Ricky Elliott, had been approached by DeChambeau on the observe inexperienced earlier than Koepka was there.
“You tell your man if he’s got something to say, say it to myself,” is how Koepka described DeChambeau’s remarks to Elliott, including: “I thought that was ironic because he went straight to Ricky.”
Shortly thereafter, Koepka emerged from the locker room.
“Ricky told me when I came out, and then I just walked right over to him, we had a conversation,” Koepka stated. “We both agreed we’d leave each other out of it and wouldn’t mention each other — just kind of let it die off.”
But apparently, it didn’t finish there. Koepka stated that DeChambeau introduced up his identify — gasp! — whereas enjoying video video games on-line.
“Said a few things,” Koepka defined. “So now it’s fair game.”
Perhaps to nobody’s shock, DeChambeau stated on Tuesday that he didn’t bear in mind something concerning the assembly with Koepka.
“I don’t know what he’s talking about in that regard,” he stated. “Maybe that’s on me.”
DeChambeau continued: “We just had a conversation that I really don’t know what happened, because we haven’t really bantered back and forth until now. So it’s like: ‘Why is that happening now?’”
DeChambeau adjusted his golf cap and supplied a half smile.
“Besides that, I’m just here to play golf,” he stated.
Yet he added a last thought, suggesting that he didn’t essentially need the chatter to finish.
“If we want to keep bantering back and forth, obviously being respectful and keeping lines where they aren’t getting crossed,” DeChambeau stated. “Yeah, I think it’s fun and a good environment for people in golf.”