Bryson DeChambeau has seen the Brooks Koepka video.
And he’s responded to it — pretty much exactly how you’d expect him to.
Koepka unleashed some candid thoughts on his PGA Tour rival in a post-match interview with Golf Channel after his second-place finish Sunday at the PGA Championship.
The interview didn’t air, but leaked Monday on social media. Yahoo Sports’ Jay Busbee has a nice breakdown here in case you missed it.
Here’s the short version: Koepka was so irritated at the sight and sound of DeChambeau walking nearby that he lost his train of thought in the middle of the interview. He then unloaded on DeChambeau, his well-established rival in some NSFW video:
“I lost my train of thought, hearing that bulls***,” Koepka said. “F***ing Christ.”
Koepka’s disdain for DeChambeau was evident.
The video lit up social media. There’s no way DeChambeau would miss it. When he saw it, he leaned into it on Instagram — and shed some light on what exactly set Koepka off.
“You know you can fix spike marks now,” DeChambeau wrote.
DeChambeau was evidently referencing his metal spikes, which beyond being noisy on hard surfaces, are a source of debate in the golf community. They offer better stability in certain conditions than soft spikes, but are criticized for doing damage to greens.
DeChambeau’s known for his meticulous, obsessive approach to golf. So it’s no surprise that he’d prioritize any perceived advantage provided by metal spikes over their potential downside to the detriment of other golfers.
And this is exactly why Koepka appears to loathe DeChambeau.
DeChambeau didn’t stop there. He hit the gym — as he’s known to do — and posted video of himself doing some biceps curls accompanied by aggressive techno music and some cliché captions:
“Failure only pushes me … Can’t stop won’t stop … Never stop grinding for better”
Again — this is the exact kind of thing likely to irk Koepka even more. And DeChambeau knows this. It doesn’t appear to be a coincidence that he posted his workout video as the Keopka video made the rounds.
This, of course, is all good for golf. In a post-peak Tigers Woods era, the game needs personalities — and genuine rivalries. Hopefully the USGA agrees and pairs these two together for the opening rounds of next month’s U.S. Open.
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