Bryson DeChambeau’s faux pas about his driver has clearly been a gift to rival Brooks Koepka.
On Thursday, DeChambeau vented frustration after a poor first round at The Open Championship, saying in a post-round interview that his driver “sucks.” That prompted a rebuke from Cobra, the sponsor and maker of DeChambeau’s clubs, and led to DeChambeau offering an apology after the remarks went viral.
That wasn’t going to stop Koepka. The two golfers are in a long-standing feud, and there was no chance Koepka was going to let DeChambeau’s remarks go without getting some shots in himself. The first came in an interview Friday, when Koepka, unprompted, mentioned just how much he loved his own driver.
It’s just the latest chapter in a longstanding rivalry between the two golfers. At the moment, Koepka is definitely the one in a better mood: he’s tied for 12th at The Open Championship through two rounds at 5-under, while DeChambeau is one-over for the tournament and tied for 65th.
Bryson DeChambeau angered one of his top sponsors on Thursday when he complained about his equipment after the first round of The Open Championship, and he has since apologized.
DeChambeau was frustrated with the way he drove the ball en route to a 1-over 71, and he told reporters after the round that his Cobra driver “sucks.” He said the face of the club has not been forgiving enough for him on mishits. You can see the video of him complaining here.
Cobra tour operations manager Ben Schomin did not mince words when responding to DeChambeau. He said everyone at the company is working hard to make DeChambeau happy and that it is “really painful when he says something that stupid.” DeChambeau issued a statement on Thursday evening apologizing to his sponsor.
“If I can hit it down the middle of the fairway, that’s great. But, again, with the driver right now, the driver sucks,” DeChambeau said. “It’s not a good face for me and we’re still trying to figure out how to make it good on the mishits.”
Cobra is DeChambeau’s club sponsor. He uses a custom Cobra Radspeed driver that is 46 inches long and has a 5-degree loft. Most drivers that are available in stores have a loft of 8.5 degrees or greater.
Golfweek’s David Dusek reached out to Cobra tour operations manager Ben Schomin about DeChembeau’s remarks, and Schomin did not mince words. He said everybody at Cobra is working extremely hard to make DeChambeau happy and that it is “really painful when he says something that stupid.”
Schomin added that DeChambeau has “never really been happy, ever” and that his incredibly high swing speed magnifies his mishits. He also said DeChambeau knows how hard everyone at Cobra works for him and compared the US Open champion to a child.
“It’s like an 8-year-old that gets mad at you,” he said. “They might fly off the handle and say, ‘I hate you.’ But then you go. ‘Whoa, no you don’t.’ … He didn’t really mean to say it that harshly. He knows how much everyone bends over backwards for him, but it’s still not cool.”
No two players on the PGA Tour seem to despise each other more than Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka, so it’s understandable for one to come to mind any time you’re dealing with the other. One reporter appeared to experience that on Tuesday.
DeChambeau was speaking with the media ahead of The Open Championship when a reporter addressed him as “Brooks.” DeChambeau either didn’t realize or chose to let it slide, but we’re guessing it was the latter. Here’s the video:
Earlier on Tuesday, Koepka opened up about why he and DeChambeau don’t get along (video here). It seems like the two are constantly being asked questions about each other, which is why the reporter’s slip with DeChambeau was understandable. It was also quite humorous.
Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau have what many consider to be one of the most entertaining golf rivalries of all time. While we have always had an idea of when it began, Koepka finally provided a first-hand account of the origins of the feud on Tuesday.
While speaking with the media ahead of The Open Championship, Koepka confirmed that the bad blood began at the 2019 Northern Trust Open when Koepka called DeChambeau out for his slow play. Koepka said DeChambeau initially responded by confronting Koepka’s caddie, Ricky Elliott. DeChambeau told Elliott that Koepka should come directly to Bryson if he has a problem with him.
“I thought that was ironic because he went straight to Ricky,” Koepka said, per The Golf Channel. “Ricky told me when I came out, hit a few putts, and then just walked right over to him, we had a conversation.”
Koepka said he and DeChambeau spoke with one another and agreed to let the feud “die off.” However, Koepka said DeChambeau didn’t live up to the agreement when he infamously trolled Brooks over his physique during a video game live stream.
“We had a conversation at Liberty, and he didn’t hold up his end of the bargain and I didn’t like that, so I’ll take my shots,” Koepka said.
There have been several theories about why Brooks Koepka became so disgusted with Bryson DeChambeau at the PGA Championship this year that he lost his train of thought during a TV interview, and the latest comes from an unlikely source.
DeChambeau and his caddie, Tim Tucker, recently announced that they are going to take some time apart. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network found out some information about that split and shared it during an appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show” this week. According to Rapoport, DeChambeau and Tucker have “long been at odds.” Other players on the PGA Tour supposedly do not appreciate the way DeChambeau treats Tucker, and Koepka’s infamous eye rolling (video here) may have been evidence of that.
Rapoport says Koepka reacted the way he did during that Golf Channel interview because he heard DeChambeau scolding Tucker.
“That was because — from what I was told by a source — DeChambeau was yelling at his caddie and Koepka had to listen to it and didn’t like it, so that’s why he stopped the interview,” Rapoport said.
You can see the clip of Rapoport’s explanation below:
Koepka never said what DeChambeau did to set him off during that interview. This is at least the third explanation we have heard. The one that made the most sense to us is that Koepka was annoyed at the fact that DeChambeau was wearing metal spikes and rolled his eyes at the sound of the spikes on the pavement. DeChambeau’s response to the incident made it seem like that was the reason.
Another theory is that Koepka was talking in the interview about putting being difficult and DeChambeau chirped in his ear about hitting the ball on the right line. It seems highly unlikely that Koepka would not have turned around if that were the case.
Rapoport’s theory is probably the second-best one we have heard. We may never know what actually happened.
Tom Brady showed us once again in “The Match” this year that he is not the best at everything, but he continues to win on social media. This time, he made himself the subject of his own trolling.
Brady and Mickelson lost to Aaron Rodgers and Bryson DeChambeau at Moonlight Basin in Big Sky, Mont., on Tuesday night. They were 1-up after the 7th hole but fell apart and lost with two holes remaining. On Wednesday, Brady turned the trash talk on himself by sharing some hilarious Twitter memes.
Brady has struggled now in his two appearances at “The Match,” but he remains a huge draw for obvious reasons. Even if he didn’t live up to the promises he made on the practice green, he will likely still be invited back next year.
The rivalry between Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka is alive and well, and it is Koepka who fired the latest shot.
DeChambeau confirmed to ESPN’s Michael Collins on Thursday that he will have a new caddie for the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit this week. DeChambeau said his longtime caddie, Tim Tucker, has not quit but that the two will be taking some time apart. Tucker was on the bag for DeChambeau at the start of the week.
It is unclear why the two are taking a break, but they did the same when Tucker quit in 2017. In what was an extremely passive aggressive response to the news, Koepka decided to show appreciation for his own caddie on Twitter.
That was yet another reminder that the hatred between Koepka and DeChambeau runs deep. Brooks may not even know why DeChambeau’s caddie needs space, but it doesn’t matter.
The bad blood between DeChambeau and Koepka appeared to start two years ago when Koepka called out DeChambeau over his slow play. Perhaps the best example of the mutual disdain was when Koepka lost his train of thought during an interview at the PGA Championship this year because he was so disgusted when DeChambeau walked by him. You can see that video here.
Tom Brady and Phil Mickelson are preparing to face Aaron Rodgers and Bryson DeChambeau in “The Match” in just two weeks, and the reigning Super Bowl MVP looks like he is ready for the challenge.
Brady shared a video on social media Tuesday of him draining three long putts in a row on the practice green. He first called out Rodgers and DeChambeau before sinking a long bomb for Mickelson, his partner. Was the footage edited? Almost certainly, but the message was clear.
Brady has done everything he can to hype up the latest installment of “The Match.” He immediately trolled Rodgers and DeChambeau on Twitter immediately after the event was announced, and he has shown no signs of slowing down.
Bryson DeChambeau fell apart on the back nine at the US Open on Sunday, and one of his errant shots wound up in a very fitting place.
DeChambeau sprayed the ball all over the course at the 13th hole at Torrey Pines. One of his shots sailed over the green and landed directly next to a Stella Artois beer box. Twitter had a field day with it.
Never related to a golfer more than I have to Bryson DeChambeau after landing his ball next to a crate of beer. pic.twitter.com/FlTB1izDSq