Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka have an ongoing feud at the memorial, even though there’s only one of them.
DUBLIN, Ohio – Brooks is not playing the Koepka Memorial. It used to be like this sometimes on Fridays.
From the tee or from the fairway, Bryson DeChambeau would hit a shot only to hear someone in the crowd shout, “Let’s go, Brookie!”
It was a very subtle reminder of the beef between two big hitters in golf that began nearly two years ago and reached extraordinary levels following the PGA Championship with leaked video footage.
The short segment, which was never broadcast, featured Koepka doing an interview with Golf Channel when DeChambeau followed him, the sound of his spikes on the sidewalk. Koepka rolled his eyes and said that he lost his train of thought by “hearing that bull–“
The interview started anew, but that clip made its way to Twitter. So began the back-and-forth with DeChambeau tweeting that “it’s good to be rent-free in your head.”
Or maybe not. Security details removed at least two groups of spectators from the tournament on Friday after a group of DeChambeau, Jordan Spieth and Patrick Cantley referred to DeChambeau as “Brookie”.
DeChambeau, who played 33 holes and played rounds of 71-72 on Friday in a rain-delayed tournament, didn’t mind after the round ended at least once.
“Oh, they weren’t taunts at all. It was flattering,” he said. “I think what they are doing is absolutely flattering. They can call me throughout the day if they want. I don’t mind that.”
Koepka kept up with the needle, posting a video on Twitter after cases of the first 50 people offering a round of Michelo Ultra (one of his sponsors) who might have had a shorter day at the memorial.
“What’s up! It’s Bruxie,” he says. “Hey, thank you guys for the support. I heard a bunch of you were shouting my name at the golf tournament today. I know I’m not playing, but thank you guys for showing your support.”
Koepka and DeChambey first mixed it up two years ago at The Northern Trust, when Koepka was among those who criticized DeChambe for the pace of his game.
When Koepka was part of the “body issue” for ESPN The Magazine, she was forced to. DeChambeau joked that Koepka had no abs, and Koepka responded that he was “two less than a six-pack”, offering a picture of his four major championship trophies.
Koepka also posted a steroid rage video after Dechambeau, who had added 40 pounds of muscle and mass through an intense diet during the pandemic, yelled at a cameraman during the Rocket Mortgage Classic.
“I don’t have anything against him. I don’t have a problem,” said DeChambeau. “If he wants to play that game, that’s great. I’ll keep trying to play my best game and when it comes to it, it’s flattering when someone is upset with someone else.
Spieth seemed baffled by the eight hours he spent on the course on Friday, suggesting that there were multiple references to “Brooks” as “Bryson”, depending on how the hole was played.
“He mentioned it to me at one point and I said, ‘Anybody wants a response and you give it to them, then … it’s going to get worse.’ So it wasn’t bothering him,” Spieth said.
Rory McIlroy remembered it—he was in the group behind them—but was loving the exchange.
“I sent Brooks a message when it all came out,” McIlroy said. “I said, ‘I don’t care what happens to me for the rest of this week, it’s made my week, it’s the best thing ever.
“I think it’s good for people to show personality and I’m sure whoever leaked it to Golf Channel is in trouble,” McIlroy said. “There are definitely people here who don’t like me, I’m sure and there are people here who don’t like me.”
McIlroy was told that no one knew about this type of beef.
“Yeah, because I don’t want to broadcast it,” she said with a smile. “this is life.”