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Brooks Koepka reveals what Bryson said to cause his eye-roll reaction

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Ahead of this week’s Palmetto Championship, Brooks Koepka has been sharing his perspective of his ongoing feud with Bryson DeChambeau, which he describes as “good for the game”.

The feud erupted a couple of weeks ago when a leaked video showing Koepka’s complete disdain for his rival went viral.

Many golf fans have been wanting to know if Bryson had said anything to Brooks to provoke the strong reaction, and Koepka has this week explained what went down to incite his now-famous eye-roll reaction.

“As far as that goes, he didn’t say anything to me. He wasn’t speaking to me. He was, I guess, either signing his scorecard or wherever he was, and I was just to the right of the media tent, or I guess right in front of the microphones where you guys all were.

I don’t want to say he was like screaming – he was saying something about how he hit a perfect shot and it shouldn’t have been there, and it was just very, very loud. I don’t think the mics picked up on that, but it felt like just so that the fans could hear.

With the media right there, you kind of know, hey, look, we’re all kind of in this area, just tone it down, and it was just so loud. Then I think he realised that he had gotten right behind me, and he toned it down a little bit. I just lost train of thought, which I think was pretty obvious.”

The 31-year-old also took the time to explain why he feels the ongoing feud is good for the game, even though he can understand why some traditionalists may find the affair not to their taste.

“The fact that golf’s on pretty much every news outlet for about two weeks pretty consistently, I think that’s a good thing. It’s growing the game. I get the traditionalists who don’t agree with it. I understand that, but I think to grow the game you’ve got to reach out to the younger generation.

I don’t want to say that’s what this is, but it’s reaching out to a whole bunch of people. It’s getting golf in front of people. I think it’s good for the game.”

As for how the rivalry will impact the chances of the U.S. side at the Ryder Cup, Koepka sees no issues occurring at Whistling Straits later this year, as he doesn’t expect the two to be teamed up.

“There’s only eight guys that are playing, four guys are sitting, whatever. I mean, I play with one other guy. If let’s say I don’t play with Bryson or Bryson doesn’t play with me, he takes care of his match, and I would take care of my match, and I don’t know how that has any effect.

What you do off the golf course doesn’t have any effect on the golf course.”

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

10 Comments

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  1. drb

    Jun 24, 2021 at 12:57 pm

    brooks is a petty little ‘b’ who thinks attention equates to growing the game.

  2. CrashTestDummy

    Jun 18, 2021 at 7:17 pm

    Smack talk from NFL and NBA have officially reached the PGA. Haha.

  3. Fat Albert

    Jun 16, 2021 at 8:26 pm

    Brooks cooter has a yeast infection.

  4. JW

    Jun 14, 2021 at 8:57 am

    The reason Usa no longer wins Ryder cups… they take mentality it’s just individual matches over three days. Play your golf. Totally wrong approach to a team event, fueled by momentum. You’d think a baseball player like brooks would understand that. The euro squad develops and us against the world (or actually vs USA) mentality. They band together. Care about picking each other up. And even if they aren’t ranked as highly or on paper have an advantage their team bond is what propels them to success

  5. Phil Myess

    Jun 13, 2021 at 12:54 pm

    “Reach out to the younger generation”? – How? By acting like drama queens? Golf your ball Brooks.

  6. T

    Jun 12, 2021 at 10:01 am

    So of all the things it could have been, Brooks was mad because Bryson was… loud?

  7. Dave r

    Jun 11, 2021 at 8:55 pm

    CHILDREN.

  8. ANTHONY MORABITO

    Jun 11, 2021 at 7:47 pm

    But The guy who leaked the video to Brooks was put on suspension without pay from NBC and Brooks hasn’t done anything!!

  9. jgpl001

    Jun 11, 2021 at 4:42 am

    Feud? – nonsense, its just a bit of rivalry.
    BDC did something different and unique to his game and BK feels threatened
    BK is arrogant and self righteous, but his golf does the talking
    BDC is a nice guy, but he plays ugly golf and he NEVER shuts up, every shot is a iong, boring commentary
    Roll on the US Open

  10. Shrill Pimpton

    Jun 10, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    Sounds like it was manufactured to get “more fans” interested in the game and get it out there for the new $$ on the table.

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Phil Mickelson ‘not sold’ on armlock putting grip after shaky round one

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If there has been one constant through Phil Mickelson’s 30 plus year professional golf career, it’s that he has never been afraid of tinkering.

Even at the tender age of 51, the recent PGA Championship winner was spotted on the practice green this week experimenting with a different putting style. Sure enough, in round one of the WGC- FedEx St. Jude Invitational, Mickelson tested out the infamous armlock putting grip.

Prior to Thursday’s round, Mickelson was seen working with professional putting coach Derek Uyeda, who also works with Xander Schauffele, amongst others.

Many may remember Xander Schauffele’s failed armlock experiment earlier this year. Schauffele struggled with the armlock during the U.S. Open, and then made a switch after his second round of the Scottish Open to his normal putting grip. Only two starts later, he won an Olympic Gold Medal.

Mickelson commented:“When you’re trying to get better, you have to take risks. And you have to try it out in competition.”

It is perfectly understandable that the 45-time PGA Tour winner would be searching for answers, as he has failed to finish inside the top-60 of a tournament in five starts since winning the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island.

Similar to Schauffele however, the armlock experiment got off to a rocky start.

Mickelson lost 1.3 strokes putting on Thursday, ranking 54th out of 66 players in the field. After the round, Mickelson commented:

“I’m not sold on it. I haven’t tried it out long enough to talk about it. I’m just trying to figure it out, the things I like about it and the things I don’t.”

The six-time major champion was seen grinding on the putting green with Uyeda for nearly two hours after the completion of his first round. It remains to be seen what grip Mickelson will employ for his second round.

Mickelson tees off at 11:21 a.m. eastern time, along with Matthew Fitzpatrick and Adam Scott.

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Tour pro hits out at Bryson for not shouting ‘fore’ at WGC- FedEx St. Jude

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Bryson DeChambeau has already made headlines this week for revealing that he has not been vaccinated, nor does he have any plans for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine in the future.

Less than 24 hours later, DeChambeau struck the ire of many again when he failed to shout “Fore” after hitting an errant tee shot into a crowd of spectators during his first round at the WGC- FedEx St. Jude Invitational.

As one would expect, social media did not react fondly to Bryson’s antics. Among the latest to call out DeChambeau was none other than the 36-hole leader at the U.S. Open, Richard Bland.

Bland was one of many to weigh in, as this latest video certainly provides contrary evidence to DeChambeau’s claims last month at the Open Championship that he does in fact shout “Fore” when hitting towards a crowd of spectators.

Amidst all of the chaos of the last 48 hours, DeChambeau still fired a first round 65 to sit three back of Harris English’s first round lead at the WGC- FedEx St. Jude Invitational.

The world number seven tees off for his second round today at 11:43 a.m. eastern time, along with Cameron Smith and Dustin Johnson.

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European Tour pro’s Memphis feast will make you very hungry

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The PGA Tour has been coming to Memphis, Tennessee since 1959, and it should not come as a surprise that pros often mention this week as one of their favorites all season.

Recent winner of the Scottish Open, Min Woo Lee, plays the majority of his golf in Europe, so he was extra excited to see what Memphis, or as he put it, just America in general, had to offer.

It’s hard to beat a trio of Barbecue, rib-eye, and sushi. Hopefully Lee is partnering that feast with some water, as temperatures expect to soar into the mid-90s over the weekend.

Of course, great food is only half the battle. Lee had some amazing company in Memphis this week as well.

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