Las Vegas: Americans Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka will renew their fierce rivalry in Las Vegas next month, competing in “The Match”, a 12-hole head-to-head event at the Wynn Golf Course.
The big winners put aside their long-standing rivalry to help the United States triumph over Europe at the Ryder Cup last week after months of hostilities, even exchanging a hug at the press conference of the victory for their team.
But their showdown in Las Vegas scheduled for Nov. 26 – the day after Thanksgiving – could reignite competitive tensions between 2020 US Open winner DeChambeau and four-time major winner Koepka, who are ranked seventh and ninth respectively in the world.
DeChambeau, 28, won the last edition of The Match, teaming up with reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers to defeat seven-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady and six-time major winner Phil Mickelson in July.
DeChambeau will look to outdo his rival and defend his title at the event after teaming up with Aaron Rodgers to defeat Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady in July. Although Koepka has never been to the event before, he donated $ 100,000 to COVID-19 relief efforts when Brady birdied in the May 2020 competition.
While this year’s game won’t feature stars from other sports joining golfers as in the past, intrigue will not be lacking given DeChambeau’s connection to Koepka.
“The rift between Koepka and DeChambeau dates back to at least January 2019, and the two have traded beards since,” wrote Dylan Dethier of Golf Magazine. “Koepka criticized DeChambeau’s pace of play, DeChambeau criticized Koepka’s abs, Koepka flexed his collection of trophies, DeChambeau confronted him in person, Koepka mocked DeChambeau asking for a ruling, etc.”
He reached a new level this year as DeChambeau took on fans shouting “Brooksie” at him during tournaments. He even faced a fan for it at the BMW Championship in August.
Koepka trolled him at the Memorial Tournament in Ohio in June by thanking those who called out his name and offering free beer to those who may have had their time “cut short” at the event because of Rival: Koepka also grew quite frustrated with DeChambeau during an interview at a time that achieved meme status online.