Bryson DeChambeau was just being “very, very loud” behind Brooks Koepka in the moment the ongoing feud between the duelling US Open champions went viral.
And Koepka, a four-time major champion, declared the clear tension between the two US stars was “good for the game”.
Koepka has little time for big-hitting DeChambeau, who made his major breakthrough last year, and that disdain was clear in a leaked video from last month’s PGA Championship.
Recording a post-round TV interview, Koepka, who finished runner-up behind Phil Mickelson at Kiawah Island, was interrupted by DeChambeau walking behind them talking and had to stop the interview, cursing out his fellow US Open winner.
It was the continuation of a long-running feud between the pair that erupted in January 2019 when Koepka called out DeChambeau for slow play during the Dubai Desert Classic.
They have traded barbs on social media since then, but Koepka revealed the incident at the PGA wasn’t because of something DeChambeau said directly to him.
“He was, I guess, either signing his scorecard or wherever he was … and 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,” Koepka revealed on Thursday.
“I don’t think the mikes 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, but it was still … and I just lost train of thought, which I think was pretty obvious.”
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Koepka said the battle with DeChambeau was nothing he got “terribly upset about” and instead declared it was good for golf.
“Yeah, I think it’s good for the game. I really do,” he said.
“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. You know, the younger generation … 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, and I think that’s what … 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.”
The pair will come in close contact again at next week’s US Open at Torrey Pines.
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