Brooks Koepka feuded with Bryson DeChambeau – He’s a “fair game”
SANDWICH, England – If Brooks Koepka is questioned, he seems willing to answer any continuing questions about Bryson DeChambeau.
Koepka was questioned again at the Open on Tuesday about the ongoing feud, and the quadruple major winner said he was going to do it well because DeChambeau went back on his word about a deal they had. and so now it’s a “fair game”.
Their differences were brought to light again two months ago when a taped interview with Koepka showing her distaste for DeChambeau leaked and went viral. There has been a lot of back and forth since, starting with Koepka’s complaints about slow play about DeChambeau in 2019.
Koepka said the deal they struck came during a discussion at the 2019 Northern Trust tournament at Liberty National in Jersey City, New Jersey.
“We had a conversation at Liberty, and he didn’t keep his end of the bargain and I didn’t like it, so I’m going to take my pictures,” Koepka said.
He then explained how it went wrong.
“He didn’t like that I mentioned his name in slow motion, so we had a conversation in the locker room,” Koepka said. “And then I guess we said something else at the press conference but didn’t mention his name there, and he walked up (Koepka’s younger brother) Ricky (Elliott), said something. C ‘was: “You tell your man if he is I have something to say, tell it myself. I thought it was ironic because it went straight to Ricky. Ricky told me when I got out I hit a few putts and then just walked over to him we had a conversation.
“We both agreed to leave each other out of this and not to mention each other, to just let it die, not to mention each other’s names, just to do it. So he decided that I guess. that he was continuing that little bit, whatever, playing video games online (on Twitch in which he made fun of Koepka appearing in ESPN’s The Body Issue) or whatever and called out my name and said a few things, so now it’s a fair game. “
DeChambeau was due to speak later Tuesday.
Koepka said there would be no problem with DeChambeau as teammates during the Ryder Cup in September.
“It’s only a week,” he said. “I can put him aside for business. If we’re going to be on the same team, I can deal with anyone in the world for a week. I don’t play with him. I’m pretty sure we don’t. are not going to be paired, put that way. I think it’s pretty obvious.
“It doesn’t matter. I don’t think we’re going to get high and have late night conversations. I do my thing, he does his thing. Yeah, we’re on the same team, but it doesn’t. It’s not. a problem at all. I don’t see it as a problem. I don’t think it does. “
Koepka, who is ranked eighth in the world, has been in the top 5 in three of his last four appearances, including a tie for second behind Phil Mickelson at the PGA Championship and a tie for fourth at the US Open behind Jon Rahm.
He got his first glimpse of Royal St. George’s on Tuesday and wasn’t too impressed.
“Lots of blind tee shots, which hardly hit anything,” Koepka said. “The fairways are pretty hilly. I don’t know, it’s not my favorite of the rotation (10 courses), let’s put it that way.
(But) I don’t care if I like the place, I don’t like it. You always have to play well and go hit the shots. Playing in St. Andrews is probably my favorite place around the world to play. Portrush two years ago was. . . I love this place. I thought it was such a good Open. A fun golf course to play. Really enjoyed that.
“This one, it’s just not that exciting. I don’t know why. Whether it’s a few hits for nothing, a few blind tee shots, or shots where you can’t really see much. . I’m not too big of a fan of that. “
Koepka, 31, is making his seventh Open appearance, tied for fourth in 2019 at the Royal Portrush. He also finished sixth in 2017 at the Royal Birkdale.