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Bryson says Koepka’s treatment of him has been ‘disgusting’; Brooks: ‘I’ve never liked him’

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On October 5th, “The Match” between Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau was announced.

Just a week earlier, the world saw the two hugging it out at Whistling Straits after the United States defeated Europe in the Ryder Cup. It was a great moment for the U.S. team who seemed to bond during the event, but it certainly wasn’t ideal for generating excitement for a Brooks v.s. Bryson match on Friday November 26th.

In a conference call on Monday, Koepka and DeChambeau attempted to re-generate some of the disdain that golf fans had witnessed prior to the pair’s embrace in Wisconsin. Both Brooks and Bryson insist that the hug was “forced”:

“I wouldn’t put much on a forced hug,” Koepka said on the call Monday night.

DeChambeau agreed:

“It was definitely a little forced,” he said. “The team wanted us to do it, and to be honest I was surprised he did it. But I’m a guy that can put things behind me pretty quickly when you apologize and then we can move along. But it definitely felt forced, there wasn’t an apology or anything like that. Until I get an apology for what he’s said and what not, nothing will change.”

Bryson went on to explain why his beef with Brooks is real from his perspective:

“This is all real on my end,” DeChambeau added. “It’s disgusting the way the guy has tried to knock me down. There’s no need for it in the game of golf, he’s just tried to knock me down at every angle, every avenue. For what reason, I don’t know. Maybe it’s because he’s jealous and wants to get a part of that PIP [Player Impact Program] money from the tour. That’s probably a part of it, because it was squashed until that was announced.”

Koepka agrees that the contempt is authentic between the two:

“I’ve said it like 10 different times,” Koepka said. “I’ve never really liked him. I think we played together maybe when he was an amateur at Augusta, that was the only time that I can think of that we ever played [together]. We didn’t get along there, didn’t get along since he got out [on tour], and then he said that stuff to Rick and I just thought it was crap. You don’t go ask my caddie to say something to me. Just come to me. Don’t be a little baby about it. I think he’s learned his lesson.”

Bryson’s first impression of Brooks wasn’t much better:

“My first impression of [Brooks] was always like, he was a little cocky,” DeChambeau said. “A little like, ‘I’m too cool for this game.’ He’s kind of held up to those standards so far.

“For some reason, he doesn’t like me. Whatever, it is what it is,” DeChambeau said. “I’m here to showcase and inspire kids to play a game in a unique way, and apparently he doesn’t like that.”

It is yet to be seen whether the recent comments by the two will generate some more interest in the event. Koepka has missed two cuts recently leading up to “The Match”, and DeChambeau was quick to point that out:

“He’s been lacking a bit recently,” DeChambeau said, referring to Koepka’s two recent missed cuts. “I’m happy for him that he signed with Srixon, wink wink.”

Koepka has already declared himself the winner of the “trash-talking” battle, and seeks bragging rights for a victory on the golf course as well:

“With all that’s gone on the last two years, eventually it was going to come to this,” Koepka said. “That way, somebody will have the bragging rights at the end of this and somebody won’t. I’ve already won the trash-talking point, I think that’s a given. So now it just comes down to playing golf, because obviously no one will [pair] us together. So we’ve got to do it on our own.”

The outcome will finally be determined on Friday November 26th in a 12 hole match in Las Vegas beginning at 4PM E.T.

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  1. frank cichon

    Nov 24, 2021 at 1:02 pm

    this gong show coming friday is another reason i do not watch golf on tv except for the masters….by the way i play more than 200 rounds a year…… pga tour is getting more like wwf than golf

    • Signor Ugarte

      Nov 24, 2021 at 4:45 pm

      Wow Frankie. 200 per year. Too cool for the rest of us and the only golf you watch on TV is the Masters. Definitely too cool for us little people. Are you sure you aren’t really Koepka?

      Oops, I just heard Chuck bang the gong after your comment.

      • Jeffrey Corlett

        Nov 26, 2021 at 9:04 pm

        What a stupid response to a perfectly reasonable opinion.

  2. Tomuch23

    Nov 24, 2021 at 11:52 am

    This is so forced and we all understand why but this is just to much. It will bump the ratings up without a doubt so bravo on that end.

  3. Jason Kileen

    Nov 24, 2021 at 11:46 am

    Bryson is such an insufferable baby.

  4. Geno4952

    Nov 24, 2021 at 11:13 am

    Maybe I missed it but what’s with the 12 hole deal? Golf is 18 holes, play them all or don’t play.

    • T-MAC

      Nov 25, 2021 at 11:37 am

      They probably figured people would stick around to watch the full 18. I know I wouldn’t.

    • Garrett

      Nov 26, 2021 at 10:15 am

      12 rounds in a boxing match

  5. Gunter Eisenberg

    Nov 24, 2021 at 10:02 am

    “Why can’t we be friends?”

    -Smash Mouth, 1998

  6. MRhogan

    Nov 23, 2021 at 3:50 pm

    In terms of a match between these two, perhaps the octagon might be more appropriate.

  7. Everyone

    Nov 23, 2021 at 2:56 pm

    I’m over it.

    -everyone

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Ratings flop: Bryson vs Brooks fails to attract interest in least-viewed edition of ‘The Match’

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Despite the public rows and insults, the ‘cartoon’ bravado, Instagram posts and supposed hate, television viewers were simply not interested in tuning in to the recent ‘grudge’ match between Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka.

As reported by Bunkered, the 12-hole matchplay that mimicked the 12 rounds of a boxing match, had Phil Mickelson as a star commentator and was plugged to death by TNT, but still less than 635,000 viewers tuned in, a hugely disappointing figure given the previous four episodes of the feature.

The idea became a ‘must’ watch when the inaugural episode featured Tiger Woods and Mickelson in November 2018, whilst each of the following three episodes have also received viewing figures of over 1 million.

At its height, The Match 2 was seen by 5.8million viewers, although that particular game was arranged in May 2020, the height of the COVID pandemic.

Whilst viewers were starved of almost any live sporting action at the time, it remains that a friendly jolly-up between Tiger and Peyton Manning, Phil and Tom Brady still saw nearly 10 times the viewers of a much more hyped game.

The Match 3 (July 2021) had a final figure of around 1.25 million and the recent final round of the CJ Cup, a run-of-the-mill PGA Tour event, also saw a higher Nielsen rating, the figure used to assess television size and composition.

In the end, of course, Koepka won well before the end, winning 4 & 3, and nobody really cared.

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‘Don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like this’ – Bryson has Eureka discovery with golf swing

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The evolution of Bryson DeChambeau’s golf swing has been fascinating to watch over the past couple of seasons.

In two years, the 28-year-old has gone from T34 in driving distance to the longest hitter in the game, and while on a recent night range session, he appears to have found a formula to hit it even farther and straighter.

In a video posted to his YouTube channel, Bryson is hitting balls alongside Long Drive Pro Martin Borgmeier when DeChambeau had a breakthrough that both men agreed was a ‘Eureka’ moment for the Californian.

After piping a drive dead center early in the session, Bryson excitedly exclaimed, “Oh my god, I’ve finally figured something out”, before going into detail, saying:

“So, when I try to apply force internally, it gets the handle there (in front of body, clubface open)…that’s right. But if I can feel like my wrist is behind my elbow as I’m swinging, it keeps the head more ahead of me.

It needs to stop (forearm/wrist) so that the handle can go forward and keep turning through. Whereas, if I keep applying force, it’s going to keep the wrist going that way (central) and keep the face open.”

After figuring out this ‘Eureka’ moment, Bryson then implored amateur golfers to try different things as “if you don’t hit the golf ball good with a thought process in the first two, three shots, it’s not working.”

Going back to his new swing discovery, Bryson says

“What I’ve found was, when this right forearm goes internal, there’s obviously weight and inertia over here (clubface), and when I apply force, that’s going to make the clubface go open. If I’m strong enough, obviously, I’m going to do that (flip forearm/hands), but then the face to path is way closed. 

So I want to feel like I’m stopping and allowing the hands to go through so I can create this in and out path, and it’s helping to initially close the face.”

With Martin Borgmeier, the two agree that the new swing move helps both path and face but were both fascinated to see how it could eventually affect the speed aspect too.

Between each other, the two big-hitters also agreed that speed would slow down until Bryson began timing it correctly but that it could actually end up adding speed. And that’s exactly what happened. 

After hitting several more shots perfectly with a little draw, Bryson noted how “it’s a way to stabilize everything and control the timing of the closure rate”. The next aspect? Adding speed.

After stabilizing his swing with the new discovery, Bryson ramped up the speed while still hammering each shot down the middle.

Within 15 minutes, Bryson was hitting his 8-iron with a slight draw and reached 163mph ball speed. Something he had never achieved before.

The Californian finished up his session saying: 

“Had a Eureka moment. Figured out something in regards to biomechanics and physics of the swing just in regards to this right forearm’s internal rotation, how it applies force to the club, how that translates into the momentum of the clubhead squaring up or not squaring up. Long story short, I got something unique and cool.”

How impressed was Long Drive Pro Borgmeier with not just the discovery but how Bryson used it to gain speed in such a short space of time? Very. He said:

“Doing that in 15 minutes and how he progressed through it, that was very impressive. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like this. One of the most impressive things I’ve seen this year.”

Subscribe to Bryson’s YouTube channel here.

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2021 Hero World Challenge: Best Match Bet of the week

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Colleague Matt Vincenzi makes a terrific case for ‘local’ Justin Rose to contend strongly at Albany this week, and with the same thought processes leading the @LostForePod to independently conclude the same on the other side of the pond, there had to be a way to get with the Englishman in the side markets.

In a 20-man field, opportunities were going to be sparse, but Draftkings Sportsbook offer us odds against for Rose to beat Tony Finau in a 72-hole match-bet, and that is worth taking.

Matt points out the tee-to-green game is in great shape, Rose finding around five shots at Sedgefield and Sea Island, figures that sandwich a gain of almost 12 shots at favoured Wentworth.

Top that with a solid enough short game and plus figures for putting in each of his last four starts, and we have a golfer whose total game is in decent nick. Certainly, when adding his impressive course form (three consecutive top-five finishes) and his clear will to do well at his ‘second home’, his chance of contending is clear.

Opponent Finau will have needed to have improved during his two week break given he hasn’t finished higher than 24th in four outings since September, and that was in the 30-man field of the Tour Championship.

A couple of top-50 finishes at the CJ Cup and in Mexico don’t read particularly well and the missed cut in Houston on his last outing came via a combined five-over the two back nines.

Not renown for his putting prowess, the 32-year-old has been leaking shots to the field on the greens, and his game looks in poor shape at present. On a course that rewards a solid all-round game plus the ability to make the most of the birdie opportunities that present themselves on fairly flat greens, the Englishman is much preferred.

As Butch would no doubt say, ‘Attaboy, Rosey’.

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