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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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You can play this Minnesota golf course for free if you’re under 18

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Golf is in a great place at the moment, with an enormous interest in a mere sighting of Tiger Woods on the range and then at his own Hero Challenge.

Top that with the healthy debate on the recent PIP awards and what looks like being record amounts of bloggers and podcasts in 2022, and the sport is in rude health at premier level. But what of grassroots?

As reported by The Morrison County Record, the Little Falls Golf Course will no longer charge anyone aged 18 or under to play golf as ”an investment in our community”.

Aimed at getting a younger generation to take up the sport, City Administrator Jon Radermacher continued, “If you get people hooked on golf, or at least exposed to golf when they’re in their younger years, they’re going to come back when they’re older and capable to pay. They’re going to be future members for our course. I think, for us, that could yield some great benefits.”

With the circa $200 junior membership fee a thing of the past, as well as family membership now a discontinued option, and the abandonment of senior and resident discounts, single membership and that for couples rises to $800 and $1500, respectively.

As well as the initiative, Little Falls will use the increase to offset increasing expenses and to offer pay rises for their employees, many of which have seen their workload increase over the past year as interest in golf has soared both here and throughout the world.

Whilst green fees will change slightly depending on date and time, they expected the average round to be around $45 for a non-member aged 18-plus, something Radermacher says will “be in line with where we need to be.” He continued, “With those changes on the membership side and then the greens fees side, I think that really would set us in line for future years.”

Radermacher called the plan “radical,” but the Minnesota course is hopefully on track to produce another Tom Lehman, one of the County’s most successful golfers.

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The 10 most read articles on GolfWRX in 2021

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With the year almost in the books, here we take a look back at the top-10 most-read articles on GolfWRX for 2021.

From big equipment news and in-depth analysis to hot takes and beyond—excluding WITB pieces—here are the top-10 stories that grabbed the attention of WRXers over the past 12 months. And THANK YOU for reading and your loyal following.

10. Golf fans react to bizarre driving range video

A stranger driving range video is unlikely to ever be found.

Read it here.

9. GolfWRX Members Choice: Best fairway wood of 2021

Our fitters break down the best fairway woods of 2021.

Read it here.

8. Symetra Tour player hit with baffling two-stroke penalty

A rules violation that had more than a few people scratching their heads.

Read it here. 

7. The member list at Michael Jordan’s private golf club is a sight to behold

MJ’s member’s list at The Grove is as exclusive as you would expect.

Read it here.

6. Gary Player’s son ‘banned from the Masters’ for perceived guerrilla marketing

The incident that clouded the opening day at the 2021 Masters in controversy.

Read it here.

5. Sergio Garcia’s wife fires warning to ’embarrassing’ U.S. Ryder Cup fans

Sergio Garcia’s wife putdown of the U.S. Ryder Cup fans got many people talking before this year’s Ryder Cup.

Read it here.

4. Best driver 2021: By club fitters for you!

Our fitters break down the best drivers of 2021.

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3. ‘Patrick Cantlay p****d me off’ – European Ryder Cup rookie hits out at U.S. star

Shane Lowry was not happy with Ryder Cup star Patrick Cantlay following a one-sided affair at Whistling Straits.

Read it here.

2. Bryson reveals the cut-off point on money list where players make an annual loss on Tour

DeChambeau had his say on what the cut-off point is where players make an annual loss on Tour, and his answer stunned many of our readers.

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1. ‘What the f**k you doing?’ – Former Masters champ tells Brooks Koepka to ‘get a life’

Ian Woosnam sticking the boot into Brooks Koepka was our most read article of 2021.

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John Daly says Bryson isn’t close to his prime long hitting for this reason

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John Daly was known for his huge-hitting when he was in his pomp on the PGA Tour and he was showcasing that skill once again recently on his way to winning the 2021 PNC alongside his son John Daly II.

Following the win, the multiple major champion appeared on the Full Send Podcast, and when the subject came to distance, Daly was in no doubt that even the likes of Bryson DeChambeau wouldn’t be able to match his length in his prime.

When asked if he could outdrive Bryson or any other long hitter today at his best, Daly was in no doubt, saying: “Oh! by far, I would”, before calling himself the “straightest long hitter that ever lived.”

The reason why Daly doesn’t believe any of the current big-hitters could keep up with him at his best? The golf ball.

“I looked at the monitor at the Masters last year, and he was at 200/205mph ball speed or something, and I remember Nick Faldo was watching him, and I was like ‘Nick, I was at 220mph, man’ and that’s with the balata ball. I was carrying the ball 330/340mph with the balata ball.”

Daly went on to say that what Bryson is doing is phenomenal but added that he doesn’t believe any long-hitter could do handle the balata ball, bar Bubba Watson and that “Tiger would agree.”

The 1995 Open Champ also had a word of advice for all amateur golfers on how to pick up some length after identifying a key mistake he sees so many amateurs commit.

“The problem with amateur golf is that they never finish their backswing. They never get a full turn. You should be able to try and turn the club in your hips as far as you can turn them to get power, especially as the golf ball is so easy now it goes straight.”

Check out the full interview below.

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