SANDWICH, England — If Brooks Koepka is requested, he appears prepared to reply any continued questions on Bryson DeChambeau.
Koepka was requested once more Tuesday at The Open about their ongoing feud, and the four-time main winner mentioned he is superb conserving it going as a result of DeChambeau went again on his phrase about an settlement that they had, so now he is “truthful recreation.”
Their variations had been highlighted once more two months in the past when a taped interview of Koepka displaying his disgust for DeChambeau was leaked and went viral. There was little bit of forwards and backwards since, all of it beginning with Koepka’s slow-play complaints about DeChambeau in 2019.
Koepka mentioned the deal they made got here throughout a dialogue on the 2019 Northern Belief event at Liberty Nationwide in Jersey Metropolis, New Jersey.
“We had a dialog at Liberty, and he did not maintain up his finish of the cut price and I did not like that, so I am going to take my pictures,” Koepka mentioned.
He then went on to elucidate the way it went incorrect.
“He did not like that I had talked about his identify in sluggish play, so we had a dialog within the locker room,” Koepka mentioned. “After which I assume we mentioned one thing else within the press convention however did not point out his identify in it, and he walked as much as [Koepka’s caddie] Ricky [Elliott], mentioned one thing. It was, ‘You inform your man if he is acquired one thing to say, say it to myself.’ I believed that was ironic as a result of he went straight to Ricky. Ricky informed me after I got here out, hit a number of putts, after which simply walked proper over to him, we had a dialog.
“We each agreed we would go away one another out of it and would not point out one another, simply type of let it die off, would not point out one another’s names, simply go about it. So then he determined I assume he was occurring that little, no matter, taking part in video video games on-line [on Twitch in which he made light of Koepka appearing in ESPN’s The Body Issue] or no matter and introduced my identify up and mentioned a number of issues, so now it is truthful recreation.”
DeChambeau additionally spoke on the matter on Tuesday.
“He can say no matter he desires,” DeChambeau mentioned. “I believe he mentioned one thing again at Liberty Nationwide not upholding one thing. I do not know what he is speaking about in that regard. Possibly that is on me. Possibly I did not. I actually do not bear in mind something about that. We simply had a dialog that I actually do not know what occurred, as a result of we’ve not actually bantered forwards and backwards till now, so it is like why is that occuring now.
“In addition to that, I am simply right here to play golf and deal with that. If we wish to hold bantering forwards and backwards, clearly being respectful and conserving strains the place they are not getting crossed, yeah, I believe it is enjoyable and atmosphere for individuals in golf.”
Koepka mentioned there can be no points with DeChambeau as a teammate on the Ryder Cup in September.
“It is solely per week,” he mentioned. “I can put it apart for enterprise. If we’ll be on the identical crew, I can take care of anyone on this planet for per week. I am not taking part in with him. I am fairly certain we’re not going to be paired collectively; put it that means. I believe it is type of apparent.
“It would not matter. I do not suppose we’ll be high-fiving and having late-night conversations. I do my factor, he does his factor. Yeah, we’re on the identical crew, however it’s not a difficulty in any respect. I do not view it as a difficulty. I do not suppose he does.”
Koepka, who’s ranked eighth on this planet, has been within the prime 5 in three of his previous 4 appearances, together with a tie for second behind Phil Mickelson on the PGA Championship and a tie for fourth on the U.S. Open behind Jon Rahm.
He acquired his first take a look at Royal St. George’s on Tuesday and was not overly impressed.
“Fairly a number of blind tee pictures, type of hitting to nothing,” Koepka mentioned. “Fairways are fairly undulating. I do not know, it isn’t my favourite of the [10-course] rotation, put it that means.
“[But] I do not care whether or not I just like the place, do not prefer it. You have nonetheless acquired to play good and go hit the pictures. Enjoying St. Andrews might be my favourite place in the complete world to play. Portrush two years in the past was … I really like that place. I believed that was simply such Open. A enjoyable golf course to play. Actually loved that.
“This one, it is simply not as thrilling. I do not know why. Whether or not or not it’s a pair pictures to nothing, a pair blind tee pictures or pictures in the place you’ll be able to’t actually see a lot. I am not too huge of a fan of that.”
Koepka, 31, is making his seventh look at The Open, his final end a tie for fourth in 2019 at Royal Portrush. He additionally tied for sixth in 2017 at Royal Birkdale.