They say to keep your friends close but your enemies closer – the question is, after sharing a hug after the Ryder Cup win, how do Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka see each other now?
The rivalry between the two had built up over the years, with fans even getting involved in recent months by hurling insults at DeChambeau especially on the course.
However, the historic United States’ 19-9 Ryder Cup victory over Europe seems to have put an end to all of this, at least briefly. Where does he have it?
DeChambeau and Koepka were encouraged to share a hug from teammate Justin Thomas as the Americans celebrated the victory – having already kissed earlier on the course following the massive victory for the United States.
“Before we go, let’s see Brooks and Bryson kissing in the middle of the room,” 2017 PGA United States Champion Thomas said as the team faced the media.
Thomas, who stirred up the Whistling Straits crowd with a beer after winning his foursome match on Saturday, then proceeded to sing “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” as the duo moved in for the big time.
The hugs felt a lot more genuine than the discussion of the distance between the two in preparation for the Ryder Cup, with most agreeing that it was awkward and had been orchestrated for the cameras on hold.
Reconciliation definitely didn’t seem on the agenda until the games started, with US captain Steve Stricker saying it was. unlikely that they will be paired at the Whistling Strait.
But afterwards, Stricker said that “Brooks and Bryson wanted to play together – that’s how this team came together” as he reflected on his team’s meteoric triumph in Wisconsin.
Stricker decided not to pair them up, teaming DeChambeau with Scottie Scheffler in both four-ball heats and Koepka with Daniel Berger in two foursomes and then with Jordan Spieth in Saturday’s four-ball.
So maybe the American skipper isn’t fully convinced that the duo are quite ready to be best buddies – after all, there’s a lot of history to be overcome …
How the feud between Koepka and DeChambeau unfolded
January 2019: The rivalry between Koepka and DeChambeau apparently started when Koepka said he “didn’t understand how it takes a minute and 20 seconds to hit a golf ball.” He added “it really drives me crazy” after watching video footage of DeChambeau doing some math before shooting.
DeChambeau, who had strengthened himself considerably to help his efforts to hit the ball farther, defended his approach and stressed that “the rules of golf allow a certain time, and we are [using it] to our full potential “.
August 2019: Two days after going viral for taking three minutes to hit a 70-yard throw, DeChambeau and Koepka spoke “face to face” and the former said their stewed row had “gone out of proportion.”
A podcast that focuses on the PGA Tour then asked who would win a notional heavyweight title fight. DeChambeau said: “We know who would win this fight and it’s not me.” A laughing Koepka said: “He’s right.”
January 2020: DeChambeau breaks the silence by calling Koepka’s abs on Twitch. Koepka’s response saw the four-time major champion let his trophies do the talking.
July 2020: Everything calmed down for a while during the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic, as golf was canceled. DeChambeau unintentionally rekindled the spitting of the playing field when he requested a free drop under a “dangerous situation” rule, believing his bullet was near a fire ant nest. He was refused.
The next day Koepka was in a similar position and pointing to the ground he said “look, there is an ant”, before saying “no, just kidding”.
October 2020: DeChambeau wins his first major tournament, the US Open. Koepka missed it due to an injury, but when asked about it, he replied, “I haven’t looked at it once. I haven’t seen anything.” And later this month, in a question-and-answer session on Instagram, he said he “chose not to” talk about DeChambeau, adding: “If you don’t have anything nice to say , don’t say it at all. “
May 2021: Koepka appeared to be distracted and then openly annoyed by DeChambeau walking behind him in metal spikes in an un-broadcast TV interview that was later leaked to the US PGA.
On May 26, Koepka posted a message on Twitter that read “Sorry Brother @ AaronRodgers12” after the NFL quarterback was paired with DeChambeau for “The Match” against Phil Mickelson and another NFL quarterback. Tom Brady.
DeChambeau responded by saying he was “living rent free” in Koepka’s head, so his antagonist retweeted a video of a fan calling DeChambeau “Brooksie” during a practice session at the US PGA.
June 2021: Koepka tweeted a video message in which he thanked fans for their support of the Memorial Tournament despite not playing.
A number of spectators were escorted from Muirfield Village for shouting “Brooksie” at DeChambeau.
Koepka responded to the news by posting a video on social media offering to reimburse any viewer whose day was “scratched” with a case of free beer.
August 2021: After his play-off loss to Patrick Cantlay in the BMW Championship, DeChambeau swore in response to a fan who laughed at him by saying “great job, Brooksie”.
The Hecklers have been warned by PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan that they could be sent off the course if they abuse players.
September 2021: The end? DeChambeau and Koepka share not one, but two hugs as they celebrate the United States’ Ryder Cup victory over Europe.