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Brooks the bully? Brandel Chamblee weighs in on DeChambeau-Koepka feud

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The beef between Brooks and Bryson has been what all golf fans have been talking about over the last couple of weeks.

What began with a leaked viral video showing Koepka’s disdain for his rival soon spilled over onto social media, where the two traded barbs.

But it was last weekend where the feud threatened to get ugly, with fans at the Memorial being removed from the grounds for taunting Bryson with shouts of ‘Brooksy’ – with Koepka then taking to social media to offer those fans free beer.

Golf analyst Brandel Chamblee, who has had his own little back and forth with Koepka in the past, took to his Twitter recently to express his take on the feud, and in typical fashion, the 58-year-old didn’t pull any punches, saying:

“As a parent I was sadly aware of increased bullying in schools & when I see the back & forth w/ “Brooksie” & Bryson, I wager kids are watching to see what’s acceptable behavior. The “cool kids” no doubt will think it’s ok to pick on who looks/thinks differently. #notcooltobully”

Golf fans have interpreted the “cool kid” in Chamblee’s take to be Koepka, with the different thinker to be Bryson, and it’s a comment that has stoked a lot of strong responses.

“A mutual feud is significantly different than bullying..” wrote one Twitter user in reaction to Chamblee’s take, with one commenter responding, “It’s not really a mutual feud when the overwhelming majority of the public shots have come from Brooks.”

“Calling a professional athlete the wrong name in the midst of a public feud is not bullying.” wrote another user, with another supporting Chamblee’s view saying, “Well said. Rivalry in sport is great for viewing, but the Brooksy thing has gone too far.”

In terms of golf feuds, the Bryson-Brooks one is certainly more polarizing than most.

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  1. CrashTestDummy

    Jun 29, 2021 at 5:05 am

    This is just a senior center knitting club gossip topic. Lol.

  2. Tim

    Jun 25, 2021 at 6:44 pm

    We all just survived four years of the biggest and pettiest bully on earth pretending to be the leader of the free world. The Brooks and Bryson controversy is nothing compared to that and we shouldn’t be talking about it. The bar is set sooo much lower now. Get over it.

  3. Richard Grime

    Jun 23, 2021 at 6:19 pm

    I don’t like bullies. Think that Brooks is a bully. Bryson is not.

  4. J Money

    Jun 21, 2021 at 9:56 pm

    As usual pro golfers are weak minded muthuf——…nothing new hear…move on.

    • J Money

      Jun 21, 2021 at 9:57 pm

      Excuse my terrible spelling…”nothing new here…”

  5. ActualFacts

    Jun 18, 2021 at 10:28 pm

    Lol at all of the reactions. Personally, I am of the “nothing to see here folks crowd.” I feel like BK and BD are secretly conspiring behind the scenes with this bogus media beef to benefit their own interests. Anybody remember the episode of South Park where Jesus and Satan had a boxing match and all of South Park placed their bets on who they figured would come out victorious when in the end, well…

  6. Sigmund Freud

    Jun 16, 2021 at 10:03 am

    BD is very much inside BK’s head…..it’s that simple..

    -S Freud

  7. Brian

    Jun 11, 2021 at 12:27 am

    Brooks encourages the behavior while at home, but complains about the crowd behavior following him and phil at the pga.

  8. geohogan

    Jun 10, 2021 at 7:58 pm

    Case reports and small studies indicate that anabolic steroids increase irritability and aggression,75 although findings may be confounded by personality traits that are overrepresented in steroid users (i.e., antisocial, borderline, and histrionic personality disorder)78 and use of other drugs.79 People who misuse anabolic steroids report more anger than nonusers,80 as well as more fights, verbal aggression, and violence toward their significant others,81 sometimes called “roid rage.” One study suggests that the mood and behavioral effects seen during anabolic-androgenic steroid misuse may result from secondary hormonal changes.82

  9. FourPutts

    Jun 9, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    I think its funny how no one else ever talks about how other PGA pros have also voiced there dislike for Bryson. Brooks definitely says the most yet there are a lot of other pros that say things too. JT, Rory, Speith, Tiger, Reed, Nicholas, Gary Player and im sure many many others. Lets be real Bryson probably doesnt have a lot of tour friends and I dont think he cares nor do they. And honestly no one really says much; slow play, drive and chip bad for the game, slow play, slow play…you’ll get it after a few mins… 🙂

  10. Mike

    Jun 9, 2021 at 11:18 pm

    Everyone saying this is two alphas going at it is full of it. Have you ever watched Bryson at all? His YouTube, him on other people’s YouTube etc? Bryson is a bro not an alpha. I was a fan of brooks for awhile until he started whining about everything. Slow play, steel cleats, the color of sunsets all while spreading his butt cheeks for sports illustrated. Bryson is a bro but brooks is a garden utensil. Brooks puts the ho’ in mike honcho. (Ricky Bobby reference)

    • Holdin Tudiks

      Jun 11, 2021 at 1:18 am

      Rumor has it, he spread them buttcheeks for more than just SI.

    • Mike Knox

      Jul 12, 2021 at 1:01 pm

      I totally agree. I used to like Brooks but now that he has shown his true personality, I don’t like him! He is a bully. I learned a long time ago that the only way to stop a bully is to pop them in the solar plexus! Which is get their attention and shut them up!

  11. cantstandBK

    Jun 9, 2021 at 10:19 pm

    Brooks’ input has always been largely negative in tone. Very alpha-chode. He lost his friendship with DJ who’s chill AF.
    Bryson gives off a “Go for it! Chase your dreeeeams!” vibe. Very life affirming. Yes he’s self-promoting and sometimes obnoxious but basically a very nice kid.
    Team Bryson period.

    • seawolf

      Jun 17, 2021 at 1:37 am

      Bryson doesn’t seem like a “very nice kid” to me. He more reminds me of the arrogant frat boy, the starting quarterback and captain of the football team, and every other narcissistic teenager who has ever been told all of their life that they are a gift to the world and given everything they ever wanted along the way.

      Brooks seems more like that high impact middle linebacker on the team, who works his butt off and just wants to make some tackles, get the job done, win the game and go drink beer afterward. Those kind of guys really don’t like the showboats on the field who think they own the world, but would cry like a baby if he ever put a real hit on them.

  12. 5'10" Tall Guy

    Jun 9, 2021 at 3:08 pm

    Brandel is like 4’10” so he probably does know a thing or two about bullying

    • Rich Douglas

      Jun 9, 2021 at 4:47 pm

      He’s 5’10”, which is slightly taller than average. Fail.

    • Rich Douglas

      Jun 9, 2021 at 4:48 pm

      He’s 5-10.

  13. Koepkas Burner

    Jun 9, 2021 at 12:25 pm

    The DeShankbo fan club really showed up here. Niceeee

  14. Andrew

    Jun 8, 2021 at 8:35 pm

    Play them together in the Ryder Cup!

  15. Suzanne Roach

    Jun 8, 2021 at 8:24 pm

    Personally, I fault Brooks for acting like a spoiled brat and needling Bryson for whatever petty reason he is doing. To encourage these fans who are chanting “Brooksy” and patronizing them with alcohol ….acting like they belong in a peanut gallery rather than at a professional golf tournament is the epitome of immaturity! Throw the bums out!

    • Janet V

      Jun 9, 2021 at 10:23 am

      Suzanne, you are absolutely correct. Brooks is a BULLY and he should stop. I have lost respect for him

  16. Lori

    Jun 8, 2021 at 7:54 pm

    Everyone has been waiting for fans to reappear if they don’t like it get out of the kitchen! Suck it up Butter cup!

  17. mick

    Jun 8, 2021 at 7:12 pm

    I think Vince K should get involved and they could have a cage match before the next tourney !!

  18. Benny

    Jun 8, 2021 at 6:57 pm

    PGA – please pair them up the next 20 tournaments. You want drama and viewers. Lets all watch.

  19. Paul

    Jun 8, 2021 at 6:32 pm

    two 100 percent alphas refusing to back down to one another nothing more nothing less

  20. lahey

    Jun 8, 2021 at 5:09 pm

    Ah, can’t miss an opportunity to virtue signal! Bunch of nancies…

    • Tyler Durden

      Jun 8, 2021 at 6:17 pm

      When somebody uses the phrase “virtue signaling”, you immediately disregard their opinion as that of an idiot.

      • Brandon

        Jun 8, 2021 at 7:36 pm

        Not really. Like 90% of what people say on social media is some type of a virtue signal. I doubt Chamblee is correct though, as I’d imagine bullying today is nothing compared to what it used to be.

      • Boe Jiden The White King

        Jun 9, 2021 at 12:55 pm

        “Tyler Durden” hahahahqhahahahagahaaha are you serious rn?

      • Gianni Mangiburner

        Jun 9, 2021 at 1:05 pm

        you are fully mentally handicapped… imagine typing in “Tyler Durden” as your name and being serious…. you are a joke of a human being and every single one of your opinions is wildly ignorant and therefore extremely irrelevant. go ahead and debate me on any topic bud, virtue signaling only gets you into the debate… cant get you out of it guy….

  21. KJ

    Jun 8, 2021 at 4:36 pm

    This all began at least one or even two years ago. It was about pace of play. Koepka moves right along and Bryson was interminable. But then, rather than admit it, Bryson defended his pace of play as necessary for playing his game, his shots. Koepka still moves right along, but Bryson has actually picked up his pace a bit, but is still one of the more ponderous players on Tour. In a way, if people recall the grade school play yards, both of these guys would be described as brats. One guy is the smart aleck and bully. The other guy is just smart as the over-achieving know-it-all with a pocket protector and a schoolbag. Bryson knew exactly what he was doing when he walks right behind Koepka’s live interview wearing his steel spikes on the concrete walk. The problem with any pace of play dispute is that the slower player like Bryson can always “slowplay” the faster players such as Koepka. But Koepka cannot “fastplay” Bryson. As a viewer and fan, don’t need to watch Indy 500 pace of play, but I also don’t need to watch golf and feel like I’m watching paint drying either. They both should grow up and act their age.

    • Good Job

      Jun 9, 2021 at 1:33 pm

      this is a good take

    • Bob Jones

      Jun 9, 2021 at 2:14 pm

      You can’t “fastplay” another player? Rory Sabbatini did just that to Ben Crane 16 years ago.

      • KJ

        Jun 9, 2021 at 4:00 pm

        In that instance, Ben Crane never did speed up the way Sabbatini wanted. The only thing that happened from that instance was TV focusing on Rory, and in the end Sabbatini resulted in looking like an immature, spoiled, pouty brat. Everyone already knew Crane was slow, but if the first strategy considered is to become bratty and immature, it’s likely not to work. Just MHO. By the way, Sabbatini has since become a lot more mature nowadays.

  22. Mike B

    Jun 8, 2021 at 4:30 pm

    The video that started it with Koepka’s eye rolling of Bryson walking by was petty and made Brooks look bad. Koepka doesn’t appear like the ‘cool’ kid, but rather he appears immature.

    • Kip Conner

      Jun 8, 2021 at 8:25 pm

      Spot on comment. When Brooks offered to buy beer for whoever got thrown out that’s really immature to me. Kids watching him say that and they are looking for a role model and Brooks isn’t it

  23. Norm

    Jun 8, 2021 at 4:04 pm

    Some are suggesting the feud provides golf a touch of the common man, a needed thing. First, golf has not been an elite sport for decades, and second, the common man is better than this.

  24. Chuck

    Jun 8, 2021 at 11:55 am

    To me, this is the most profoundly uninteresting story in all of golf.

    A personal feud(!?) between the two players whom I least care about.

    It’s hardly a golf story at all. I keep expecting their parents, or an overly officious school board to step in.

    Can the PGA Tour take their mobile phones away from them?

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Justin Thomas reveals success and failures from his list of 2020-21 goals

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Justin Thomas has always adopted a goal-oriented mindset, and with last week’s completion of the 2020-2021 super season, he took to social media to recap his accomplishments.

While Thomas only hit three of his 13 on-course goals (with a Ryder Cup victory still pending), he was four for four with his off the course ambitions.

Some may say this list was ambitious with goals such as ‘win 5+ times,’ and ‘win 2+ majors,’ but the world number six clearly believes in his abilities and encapsulates the type of drive that translates to career success.

Despite only capturing three of his 13 on-course goals, Thomas still accomplished a lot during this year, including a win at the Players Championship, and 11 other top-15 finishes, even if his season in totality wasn’t up to his lofty standards.

The 14-time PGA Tour winner still has some unfinished business. Thomas will have the opportunity to check off one more goal on September 24th-26th by bringing the Ryder Cup back to America.

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Steve Stricker selects his U.S. Ryder Cup Captain’s picks

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On Wednesday morning at 10:00 A.M. ET, team U.S.A. captain Steve Stricker revealed his picks for the upcoming 43rd edition of the Ryder Cup.

Stricker used his six selections on Daniel Berger, Harris English, Tony Finau, Xander Schauffele, Scottie Scheffler, and Jordan Spieth. They will join Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Collin Morikawa, Patrick Cantlay, Justin Thomas, and Bryson DeChambeau, who automatically qualified via the Ryder Cup points system to complete Team U.S.A.

European team captain Padraig Harrington has yet to reveal his three selections for his squad. The Europeans who are currently qualified are Jon Rahm, Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton, Rory McIlroy, Viktor Hovland, Paul Casey, Matt Fitzpatrick, Lee Westwood, and Shane Lowry.

The European team has won nine of the last twelve Ryder Cups, but team USA has won three of the last five on American soil.

The Ryder Cup begins on Friday, September 24 at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin.

See what our members are saying and have your say on the picks here.

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Bubba showcases rap skills at Solheim Cup; Lee Westwood aims cheeky dig at U.S. fans

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Yesterday at Inverness Golf Club in Toledo, Ohio, the European team capped off a 15-13 win at the Solheim Cup over the United States.

With only 30 PGA Tour pros simultaneously competing at the Tour Championship over the weekend, many of our favorite PGA Tour and European Tour pros dove head first into the festivities in Toledo.

We can confidently say that Bubba Watson, who was there all week supporting the ladies, caught Solheim Cup fever.

Ahead of the action on Monday, the multiple Masters champ got things underway with a Christian rap. We can’t make out all the lyrics but it appeared to end with the following:

“Got two Masters,

No double major,

But one Master,

Now praise the day,

Let’s go!”

While Lee Westwood, who is competing in England this week at the European Tour’s BMW PGA Championship, was not able to attend, the 25-time European Tour winner took to social media to share his thoughts as well.

Westwood was evidently poking fun at the fact that the American fans departed from the course when it was clear that they would not win.

Whatever your stance is regarding Westwood’s disapproval on the U.S. spectators’ prompt departure, we can all agree it was a nice change of pace to let the Solheim Cup take center stage, and it sure didn’t fail to disappoint.

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