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Bryson DeChambeau

Look: Brooks Koepka trolls Bryson DeChambeau with his golf cart

Brooks Koepka trolled Bryson DeChambeau with his golf cart

Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau put their feud aside to help the U.S. win the Ryder Cup two months ago, but they are looking to renew it for the latest installment of “The Match.” Koepka’s custom golf cart should help with that.

Koepka shared a photo of his cart for “The Match” on Twitter Thursday night. The cart has several decals that feature phrases trolling DeChambeau.

It’s hard to pick a favorite. We’d guess the one that cuts the deepest for DeChambeau is “Let’s Go Brooksy.” That, of course, is a phrase fans used to taunt DeChambeau during events. DeChambeau was so angered by it that he had an extremely heated exchange with a fan and had the PGA make a rule about the phrase.

The hostility between Koepka and DeChambeau was very real at one point, but it seemed like a lot changed at the Ryder Cup. At the very least, we can expect plenty of trash talk during “The Match” on Friday afternoon.

Justin Thomas made hilarious Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka shirts

Justin Thomas Step Brothers shirt

The U.S. Ryder Cup team seemed like a such a close-knit group this year that even Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka got along. When they saw the shirts that were made featuring both their faces, they probably realized they had no choice.

As the U.S. team was celebrating its historically dominant win over Europe on Sunday night, Bryson DeChambeau was spotted wearing a hilarious shirt. It featured his and Koepka’s faces depicted as the characters from the movie “Step Brothers.”

Where did the shirt come from? It looks like Justin Thomas may have had them made. Thomas shared a photo of himself wearing the shirt on Monday. He also posted a close-up of the shirt on his Instagram story and wrote “I think the team shirts were a success.”

DeChambeau and Koepka became known for their animated feud over the past few years. They may not be best friends, but they certainly put their differences aside at Whistling Straits. They shared a hug after the big win, and U.S. captain Steve Stricker made a shocking revelation about the two major champions.

The U.S. team probably knew the DeChambeau-Koepka dynamic could become awkward at some point. The shirts were a great way of downplaying it.

Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau wanted to play together at Ryder Cup?

Brooks Koepka Bryson DeChambeau

Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau have become known for their notorious feud over the last few years. But their issues may have thawed out over the last week.

The two golfers shared a surprising moment ahead of the Ryder Cup and indicated they were on better terms. They worked things out to the point that US Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker said Sunday the two wanted to play together.

They also shared a hug:

That was a surprise.

Koepka played with Daniel Berger and Jordan Spieth. DeChambeau played with Scottie Scheffler.

The real star of the Ryder Cup was Dustin Johnson, who went 5-0 overall. The Americans won so big that you can’t really say they went wrong. But seeing DeChambeau and Koepka teaming together would have caused heads to explode. The two even concluded the Sunday press conference by hugging together in front of the media.

Video: Bryson DeChambeau’s first Ryder Cup drive hits spectator

Bryson DeChambeau drive

Bryson DeChambeau may have been a little too amped up for his first match of the 2021 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits on Friday, and a spectator unfortunately paid the price.

DeChambeau, who was paired with Scottie Scheffler for afternoon four-ball, bombed his drive at the first hole and missed the fairway. The ball struck a woman in the shin.

Ouch.

DeChambeau hits the ball so far that spectators often unknowingly find themselves in the line of fire. That may have been what happened there. Believe it or not, DeChambeau was actually able to get up and down for birdie from that spot.

DeChambeau has had some well-documented issues with fans this season, but the vast majority were behind him at the Ryder Cup. Hopefully that woman doesn’t hold the drive against him.

Look: Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau had surprising interaction

Bryson DeChambeau Brooks Koepka

One of the biggest storylines at the 2021 Ryder Cup is how the golfers on the United States team will get along with one another, particularly longtime rivals Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka. Thus far, the major champions have done their best to prove they have put their differences aside.

DeChambeau and Koepka had a brief interaction with one another in front of fans and cameras on the driving range at Whistling Straits on Tuesday. After they parted ways, DeChambeau turned to the gallery as if to say, “How about that, huh?!”

In an interview with Golfweek’s Steve DiMeglio earlier in the day, DeChambeau said he has had “great conversations” with Koepka recently. He also said he had dinner with Brooks on Monday night and teased that the two could be collaborating on something in the near future.

“A lot of this social media stuff has definitely been driven by a lot of external factors, not necessarily us two,” DeChambeau said. “We had some great conversations Tour Championship week when we had dinner, and then this week, as well. I sat down and had dinner with him last night, and it was fine.

“I think there may be something fun coming up here moving forward, but I won’t speak too much more on that.”

It’s unclear if DeChambeau was just referring to that interaction on the driving range, which was promoted by the U.S. Ryder Cup team and probably scripted. Or, perhaps Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker could shock the world and pair DeChambeau and Koepka together. Though, we have no idea how Bryson would handle a certain chant from fans if that happened.

Look: Bryson DeChambeau has insane long drive practice routine

Bryson DeChambeau

Bryson DeChambeau is preparing to compete for the United States in the Ryder Cup this week, but the 2020 U.S. Open champion will also appear in the Long Driver’s Association World Championship toward the end of the month. We’d say DeChambeau seems to be focused more on the latter, but you never really know with him.

Long drive specialist Martin Borgmeier shared some clips on Tuesday that showed DeChambeau sending golf balls into orbit. His ball speed registered at 205 mph in one of them.

For reference, the fastest average ball speed on the PGA Tour this season was 190.94 mph. Cameron Champ topped the list, while DeChambeau was a close second with 190.72.

DeChambeau is known for having a big drive and swinging out of his shoes. It’s the reason he’s erratic off the tee at times, even if he has blamed his club manufacturer in the past. The long drive event will be a great place for him to test his limits.

Rory McIlroy ‘sad’ to see treatment of Bryson DeChambeau

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy has come to the defense of Bryson DeChambeau, somewhat.

McIlroy spoke recently about some of the treatment DeChambeau has received on tour from some of the fans. DeChambeau has had an ongoing feud with Brooks Koepka, which led some people to taunt him by yelling “Brooksie!” at him. DeChambeau even reportedly had a heated exchange with a “Brooksie” heckler over the weekend.

Some of that harsh treatment led the PGA Tour to say Tuesday that DeChambeau could not be taunted with “Brooksie” barbs anymore.

Many think the rule is ridiculous and not only will be difficult to enforce, but may also make the issue worse.

McIlroy spoke about the situation. He believes that DeChambeau has brought some of the attention upon himself. But he also feels badly for his fellow golfer.

“There are certainly things that he has done in the past that have brought some of this stuff on himself. But at the same time I think he has been getting a pretty rough go of it of late and it’s actually pretty sad to see because he, deep down, I think, is a nice person,” McIlroy said.

McIlroy believes some of the stuff he has heard from fans crosses the line. He is hoping that fans will give DeChambeau a chance to improve.

DeChambeau has definitely brought a lot upon himself. It’s one thing to be “different” with your methods as DeChambeau is. But when you have issues with your colleagues and call out your equipment, you’re going to make a lot of people dislike you.

Paige Spiranac weighs in on PGA Tour’s odd new fan policy

Paige Spiranac

Paige Spiranac weighed in on Tuesday on the PGA Tour’s new fan policy against taunting Bryson DeChambeau.

The PGA Tour announced that fans will not be allowed to yell “Brooksie!” at DeChambeau. Fans could be ejected for taunting DeChambeau by calling him the nickname of his rival, Brooks Koepka.

Spiranac, an internet-famous former golfer, offered her opinion over Twitter. She called the new policy “lame” and joked that the rule should have been applied to the “mashed potatoes” chant that was popular in the past.

Spiranac also feels that this policy is not helping things and will just make matters worse.

We agree. The more attention you give to the matter like this, and the more you acknowledge it bothers him, the more fans will be motivated to mess with him. Maybe the tour felt pressure to act following his heated exchange with a heckler.

That was Spiranac’s take on the matter. Nobody had a better reaction though than James Hahn.

Photo: Lexie Mitchell via CC-BY-SA 4.0

Golfer James Hahn has hilarious reaction to PGA Tour’s ridiculous new policy

Bryson DeChambeau Masters

The PGA Tour revealed on Tuesday that fans will no longer be allowed to needle Bryson DeChambeau with Brooks Koepka-related taunts. There were a variety of reactions to the news, but James Hahn had by far the best.

Hahn, who plays on the PGA Tour, tweeted that he now will not tolerate being confused with fellow golfers Kevin Na, Danny Lee or Sang Moon Bae.

Hahn and all of the golfers he mentioned are of South Korean descent. His wisecrack highlights just how ridiculous it is that the PGA has made a rule against fans shouting “Brooksie!” at DeChambeau. Lee Westwood also got in on the fun with a similar tweet:

The PGA Tour has set a ridiculous precedent with the new policy. DeChambeau has done everything he can to prop up his ongoing rivalry with Koepka. He was reportedly furious with a fan who heckled him about it following his loss in a 6-hole playoff to Patrick Cantlay at the BMW Championship on Sunday. Had DeChambeau won, the “Brooksie!” chants probably would have been a non-issue.

PGA Tour bans ‘Brooksie!’ chants directed at Bryson DeChambeau

Bryson DeChambeau

Bryson DeCheambeau was not happy with the way fans heckled him last week over his ongoing rivalry with Brooks Koepka, and the PGA Tour is taking steps to prevent it from happening in the future.

Several fans who attended the BMW Championship at Caves Valley Gold Club in Maryland could be heard yelling “Brooksie!” at DeChambeau throughout the tournament. After DeChambeau lost to Patrick Cantlay in a 6-hole playoff, he had a heated exchange with one such fan that nearly turned ugly.

On Tuesday, PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said yelling “Brooksie!” at DeChambeau will now be considered harassing or disrespectful fan behavior and could result in an ejection.

Monahan added that it has been a “long season” with dealing with instances of inappropriate fan behavior. He said the PGA Tour began working on an official fan code of conduct last season.

The DeChambeau-Koepka rivalry has been good for golf, and DeChambeau has certainly done everything he can to keep it going. It’s baffling that yelling another golfer’s name at a Tour player could be considered such a serious offense, but here we are.

Fans will almost certainly find other ways to heckle DeChambeau. He’s the most polarizing golfer on the PGA Tour, and we were reminded of why with the awkward exchange he had with Cantlay on Sunday (video here). He obviously can’t handle everything that goes along with the persona he has created for himself.