Bryson DeChambeau to renew fierce rivalry with Brooks Koepka in 12-hole showdown in Las Vegas after Americans put aside their differences to claim Ryder Cup glory
- The pair set aside their long-standing feud to help the US triumph over Europe
- They will face off in The Match, a 12-hole, head-to-head event on November 26
- DeChambeau and Koepka are ranked seventh and ninth in the world respectively
Americans Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka will renew their fierce rivalry in Las Vegas next month, facing off in The Match, a 12-hole, head-to-head event at the Wynn Golf Course.
The major winners set aside their long-standing feud to help the United States triumph over Europe at the Ryder Cup last week after months of hostilities, even exchanging a hug at their team’s victory press conference.
But their Las Vegas showdown set for November 26 – the day after Thanksgiving – could reignite competitive tensions between 2020 U.S. Open winner DeChambeau and four-time major winner Koepka, who are ranked seventh and ninth in the world respectively.
Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka will renew their fierce rivalry in Las Vegas next month
The 28-year-old DeChambeau won the most recent iteration of The Match, joining forces with reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers to defeat seven-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady and six-time major winner Phil Mickelson in July.
DeChambeau hinted at ‘something fun coming up here’ during his news conference at the Ryder Cup. Koepka was asked about it two days later at his news conference and said: ‘I have no idea. I didn’t listen to the comment or hear what the said.’
Both will have open mics during the 12-hole match.
Koepka’s feud with DeChambeau dates back to 2019 and the former criticising the latter’s slow play as ’embarrassing’, to which DeChambeau took exception.
Koepka (left) recently opened up on how his feud with DeChambeau (right) started in 2019
That led to an incident later that year at The Northern Trust tournament when DeChambeau confronted Koepka’s caddie Ricky Elliott.
The rivals have been paired together only four times on the PGA Tour, most recently in 2019 for the opening two rounds of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. The other occasions were the third round of the Tour Championship in 2018 and the final round of the 2016 Masters, when DeChambeau was an amateur.
DeChambeau was in Las Vegas last week and reached the quarterfinals of the Long Drivers Association Championship, a remarkable feat considering he faced the world’s best at swinging as hard and launching as far as they could. He had a number of drives go 400 yards or more.
The exhibition, which began with Mickelson beating Tiger Woods in 2018 at Shadow Creek, has raised nearly $30 million for various charities and generated some 10 million meal donations.
DeChambeau recently wowed the crowds in Nevada with a stunning display of driving ability