Golf may be known as a gentleman’s sport, but there’s no love lost between compatriots Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau.
The golf rivals, who are not shy in their disdain for each other, were captured in a shock new interview from the 2021 PGA Championship this week, which was won by veteran Phil Mickelson.
As Koepka attempts to discuss his putting in an interview with CBS, DeChambeau couldn’t resist taking a cheeky dig at his rival, leaving the 31-year-old American lost for words.
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“I felt it difficult to read sometimes,” Koepka explained, before a passing DeChambeau interrupted.
“Just gotta start it on the right line,” he cheekily stated from the background.
The retort clearly angered Koepka who rolled his eyes and struggled to continue.
“I f***in’ lost it,” Koepka explained.
“Sorry, I lost my train of thought hearing that bulls***. F***in’ Christ.”
When reporter Todd Lewis laughs and tells Koepka he will enjoy watching that moment back in the TV bunker, Koepka shrugged his shoulders and replied: “I honestly wouldn’t even care”.
For the record, Koepka finished as the 2021 PGA Championship runner up and DeChambeau finished tied for 38th.
Their feud has added some spite to the golfing tour, and kicked off in January 2019 when Koepa complained about DeChambeau’s slow play.
“I just don’t understand how it takes a minute and 20 seconds, a minute and 15 to hit a golf ball; it’s not that hard,” Koepka lamented. “Guys are already so slow it’s kind of embarrassing.”
Just a year later, the duo traded barbs over Koepka’s physique with DeChambeau saying his rival “didn’t have abs”.
Koepka returned fire with a tweet, showing his four major trophies.
“You were right Bryson DeChambeau I am 2 short of a 6 pack,” he posted.
In July 2020 Koepka trolled DeChambeau with a steroid tweet after the latter returned from the COVID shutdown with an added length to his game, and also mocked his rival at the World Golf Championships for asking his ball to be moved for an ant.
The new interview summed up a frustrating week for Koepka, who complained about rowdy fans damaging his injured knee.
“It would have been cool if I didn’t have a knee injury and got dinged a few times in the knee in that crowd because no one really gave a s**t, personally,” he said.
“If I was fine, yeah, it would have been cool. It’s cool for Phil but getting dinged a few times isn’t exactly my idea of fun.
“I don’t think anybody really understands until you actually you’re coming out of surgery how – I mean, even when I was doing rehab and there’s five people kind of standing by your knee, you get a little skittish.
“Somebody jammed Rickie (caddie Rickie Elliott). Rickie stopped unintentionally because he got drilled in the face, and then I got drilled in the bag because he got stopped so quickly.”
The US Open is just weeks away; whether or not the rivals, who are both ranked inside the top 10, are paired together remains to be seen.