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A history of the Brooks Koepka-Bryson DeChambeau beef

Magic Johnson vs. Larry Bird. Mark McGwire vs. Sammy Sosa. Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier. Brooks Koepka vs. Bryson DeChambeau?

All right, maybe the last duo hasn’t quite reached the threshold of the aforementioned epic sports rivalries, seeing as how Koepka and DeChambeau have yet to face off in a final pairing.

But if that day should ever come, the ongoing feud between the golf stars promises to make the green resemble a middle-school classroom in which you regrettably found yourself in an assigned seat next to the person who started a rumor that you ate paste in elementary school.

On Monday night, a leaked video of a postround Golf Channel interview from the PGA Championship shows Koepka rolling his eyes and cursing as DeChambeau walks behind him in the shot, a move that left Koepka visibly annoyed, frustrated and distracted. We’re talking super heated.

While the video served to discredit anyone who believed rumors of a feud between the two were overhyped, it also presented the perfect opportunity to revisit exactly how we got to this point:

Slow play

Ah, yes. The possibly pointed pace-of-play comments that started it all. Back in 2019, multiple PGA Tour players (including Koepka) criticized DeChambeau for his slow play. That led to DeChambeau telling Koepka’s caddie to inform Brooks that he should confront him about the matter if he had something to say:

Brooks would win in a fight

Shortly after, DeChambeau and Koepka joined Michael Collins on Out of Bounds to discuss the “Bryson takes too long to hit the ball” debacle. The Scientist conceded to being “slow on the greens” and fessed up to being put on the clock more than once while explaining how he finds himself in those situations.

In the same interview, Collins remarked, “People acted like the two of y’all were going to fight.” To which DeChambeau replied, “Let’s be honest, we know who would win that fight, and it’s not me.” Koepka echoed the sentiment with an approving: “You got that right.”

DeChambeau concluded his comments about his game with, “I want to make it faster, no doubt. … I would love it if I was done in two hours and ‘See ya later.’ I’d be playing Fortnite all day long.”

The friendly banter would make it seem as if they had put aside their differences, yes? Not so fast.

Do you even lift, bro?

If I had to pinpoint it, I would say this is where things took a turn. After Koepka appeared in the Body Issue, DeChambeau was livestreaming while playing a video game and said of Brooks, “He doesn’t have any abs, to be honest. I got some abs!”

Coming for his physique? Decidedly uncool.

Koepka was quick with the clapback though, swiftly shutting DeChambeau down from behind his keyboard with the help of some friends:

For reference, DeChambeau’s dig came before he engaged in a swoll contest of sorts with Brooks.

Koepka calls on Kenny Powers

Which brings us to when the PGA Tour returned from its coronavirus shutdown. All of a sudden, DeChambeau looked yoked and was hitting his drives further than any player had consistently in the tour’s history.

Bryson can say he began protein shaking it up shortly after his war of words with Brooks for the sake of science, but I’m not willing to rule out that their burgeoning feud played a part.

Case in point, when the newly buff DeChambeau had a confrontation with a CBS camera operator during a 2020 tournament, Koepka appeared to subtweet him with this Kenny Powers GIF:

Insert thinking emoji here …

Did somebody say ants?

At the 2020 St. Jude Classic, DeChambeau asked for a drop due to fire ants near his ball. Then Koepka seized the opportunity to clown him by claiming to have seen ants near his ball the next day. Pettiness — it’s good for the game.

The viral video

Now, if this loose timeline of shade-throwing somehow failed to convince you of the disdain between the duo, you need look no further than this video. You know what they say, an eye roll is worth a thousand words … or something like that. Watch the video here.



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