Brooks Koepka reveals what started his long-running feud with Bryson DeChambeau
Brooks Koepka has opened up on his long-running feud with rival Bryson DeChambeau ahead of this week’s Open at Royal St George’s.
The American rivals have been kept apart for the opening two rounds of the Open Championship but could yet team up as part of the American Ryder Cup squad come September.
DeChambeau said before the US Open last month that their feud was ‘banter’ but Koepka appears to see it differently.
Koepka’s feud with DeChambeau dates back to 2019 and the former criticising the latter’s slow play as ’embarrassing’, to which DeChambeau took exception.
That led to an incident later that year at The Northern Trust tournament when DeChambeau confronted Koepka’s caddie Ricky Elliott.
‘He walked up to Ricky and said ‘You tell your man if he’s got something to say, say it to myself’,’ Koepka explained on Tuesday. ‘I thought that was ironic because he went straight to Ricky.
‘Ricky told me when I came out, I hit a few putts and then just walked right over to him. We had a conversation.
‘We both agreed we’d leave each other out of it and wouldn’t mention each other, just kind of let it die off. So then he was playing video games online or whatever and brought my name up and said a few things (about Koepka’s physique), so now it’s fair game.’
The two players are set to be Ryder Cup team-mates for the second time in September, but Koepka insists that will not be an issue as the United States look to regain the trophy from Padraig Harrington’s European side.
‘I can deal with anybody in the world for a week,’ the 31-year-old added. ‘I’m pretty sure we’re not going to be paired together, put it that way. I think it’s kind of obvious. We’re not going to be high fiving and having late-night conversations.
‘I don’t view it as an issue. I don’t think he does. Like I said, I can put anything aside for a team, business, whatever, just to get the job done.’
DeChambeau also insisted there would be no issues at the Ryder Cup, even suggesting that it would be funny if he and Koepka played together as it would create ‘a little interesting vibe for the guys we’re playing against’.
As for Koepka’s view that he had broken their agreement to ‘let it die off’, the former US Open champion added: ‘He can say whatever he wants. I think he said something back at Liberty National (about) not upholding something.
‘Maybe that’s on me. Maybe I didn’t. I really don’t remember anything about that. Besides that, I’m just here to play golf and focus on that.’
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