The hottest “rivalry” in the sport is between two young golfers who have traded jabs online. But now, one may want the PGA to intervene.
Friday at this week’s Memorial Tournament, 10 fans they were fired from the course after shouting “Brooksy” at DeChambeau. Which was a little fun. A few even lost the golfer by the name of his nemesis during his backswing. Not good.
DeChambeau agrees. He said he loved the fans and didn’t care about the disagreements, but “if you get to a point where they affect your swing … it’s a little above the line, but all the rest, I don’t care.”
A few hours after the start of the hecklers, Koepka – who is not playing in this week’s tournament – posted a video on Twitter where he offers free beer to fans whose time has been “cut” at Muirfield Village Golf Club.
Yes, you know what that means.
“If your time was, I don’t know, tell – short – at today’s golf tournament, DM Michelob Ultra and we’ll give 50 cases of beer to the first 50 people,” Koepka said in the video.
In a few weeks, maybe DeChambeau will respond with a comeback carried by Coors Light.
But it doesn’t happen, at least not yet. Yesterday, reporters asked DeChambeau if he was surprised from the video and the growing feud. “Yeah, I think this is something that the Tour needs to manage, it’s something I can’t control,” he replied.
“I tried to take the high road numerous times,” DeChambeau continued. “And I think, from my perspective, I’m going to continue to do that and people have to do what they want to do. That’s what it is.”
The couple’s dispute has been going on for years. But yes interrupting Koepka during a television interview and mocking his physical appearance on Twitch are DeChambeau’s versions of the “high street,” I don’t really want to see what happens when he goes low.
Of course, the two got into this whole ordeal. And with Michelob sponsorship, this thing could turn into a big piece of branded content every day now.
But before the PGA chooses to intervene, perhaps the USGA should marry Koepka and DeChambeau in Ronda 1 of next week’s US Open. If that happens, a competitor owns advantage rights and crushes each other’s agitation … at least for now.