The rivalry between Brooks Koepka and Bryson Dechambeau has been one of the most documented and downright fun strifes in sports for some time now.
It’s a back-and-forth feud that began in 2019 when Koepka, known for his loose “every-man” style of play, poked fun at DeChambeau’s slow pace on the course during an interview. He didn’t mention DeChambeau by name, but the slight couldn’t have been aimed any more obviously.
DeChambeau brought the feud to a more personal level when he made fun of Brooks’ physique on a live gaming stream.
Koepka then responded with a haymaker of his own, flaunting some hardware that DeChambeau simply couldn’t compete with.
The feud culminated in front of our eyes when a now-infamous interview outtake from the PGA Championship leaked. Koepka was thrown off his guard when DeChambeau walked behind him and appeared to mutter something. It was the eye-roll heard (seen?) ’round the world.
Koepka and DeChambeau seemingly put their issues aside as they came together to battle for the pride of the nation in the Ryder Cup, even going as far as to chat it up during practice. Then, in one of the more awkward moments you’ll ever see, the two partook in what appeared to be a friendly embrace, albeit at the behest of their teammates, and possibly under the influence following a victory celebration, but hey… it felt like a breakthrough.
With all the drama these two have been through, it’s hard to imagine they were able to bury the hatchet that easily, but crazier things have happened.
Where It Counts
The two battled it out this past season on the course as well as in the media. However, there’s no arguing DeChambeau had the bigger year, finishing seventh in the FedEx Cup standings compared to Koepka’s 30th. He logged two victories, nine top-10 finishes, and only missed two cuts on his way to earning the third-most money on Tour ($7.4M). On the other hand, Koepka finished his 2020-21 campaign with one win, eight top-10’s, and six missed cuts. His $5.2M in earnings on the season was 13th on Tour.
But so much goes into tournament play. The real question many fans have been asking for years is who would win in a head-to-head matchup? If it came down to just these two golf heavyweights — one-on-one with nothing but their egos and maybe a little cash at stake — who would come out on top?
Well, on November 26 in Las Vegas, we will find out.
As announced today via Twitter, Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau will square off in the fifth installment of Capital One’s The Match.
The competition will broadcast live on TNT from Wynn Golf Club in Las Vegas. It will be a 12-hole match.
The Match series has become a fan favorite and for good reason. It’s some of the most fun, exciting, and relatable professional golf you can watch. The Match series kicked off in 2018 when legends Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson squared off. The event shifted to match-play after that with celebrity/cross-sport guests such as Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Charles Barkley, and Steph Curry joining the fold. The most recent installment paired Mickelson and Brady against DeChambeau and Aaron Rodgers.
The Match events have become some of the most anticipated events in golf, and this one may just be the most hyped matchup yet.
When you consider the sheer star-power of DeChambeau and Koepka (ranked seventh and ninth, respectively, in the Official World Golf Rankings) and combine it with the drama that is sure to ensue, this will be absolute must-see TV.
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