Brooks Koepka could not hide his disdain for fellow American golf star Bryson DeChambeau during a leaked post-round interview at the PGA Championship last week.
The pair have had a fractious relationship since DeChambeau, who has undergone an extraordinary body change in recent years, took a dig at Koepka’s own physique after his naked appearance on the front cover of ‘The Body Issue’ of ESPN Magazine.
Speaking on a Twitch stream in January 2020, DeChambeau said of his US Ryder Cup team-mate: ‘I don’t know if his genetics even make him look good, to be honest. I mean, the Body Issue, he didn’t have any abs, I can tell you that. I’ve got some abs.’
Koepka then escalated the tension when he replied on Twitter with a picture of his four Major trophies, telling DeChambeau he was right because he is ‘2 short of a 6 pack!’
It has also been reported that they had a bust-up on a practice green at a previous tournament over DeChambeau’s notorious slow play.
But the ill-feeling ramped up even higher at Kiawah Island last Saturday when the pair’s paths crossed during Koepka’s interview with the Golf Channel, which was being pre-recorded and was not live on TV.
It appeared Koepka was already annoyed by DeChambeau’s presence before the interview started because he rolled his eyes at someone towards the side of the camera.
Brooks Koepka could not hide his disdain for fellow American Bryson DeChambeau last week
Koepka looked outraged as DeChambeau walked behind him as he gave his interview on TV
Koepka already looked annoyed that DeChambeau was stood nearby before he started talking
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When asked about his performance, Koepka, 31, then said: ‘I just ball-struck my way around this place.
‘I didn’t putt well but I don’t think many guys are going to putt well in this wind. It’s very tough.
‘I don’t know what the other guys have said but I found it difficult to read sometimes…’
It is at this point of the interview that DeChambeau walked behind Koepka while apparently talking to a member of his team.
While you can’t hear what DeChambeau says, a clearly irked Koepka shut his eyes and forgot what he was saying himself, which he did not take well.
Clearly annoyed by DeChambeau, Koepka said: ‘I f***ing lost my train of my thought hearing that bull****. F***ing christ.’
The Golf Channel reporter then joked ‘we’re going to enjoy that in the TV compound’ before Koepka said: ‘I honestly wouldn’t even care.’
The American duo have had a fractious relationship for well over a year after several incidents
Koepka controversially appeared naked on the front cover of ESPN’s The Body Issue in 2019
It’s been claimed online that Koepka was annoyed by the sound of DeChambeau’s metal spikes as he walked along the ground. Others have said DeChambeau said ‘just gotta start it on the right line’ in a derogatory reference to Koepka’s comments about struggling to putt.
The pair’s previous clashes over DeChambeau’s slow play have been well documented. The 27-year-old, known as the Mad Scientist for his very methodical approach to his shot selection, is known for the being one of the slower players on the golf circuit.
Koepka sent DeChambeau a pictured of his four Major trophies after the latter mocked his abs on a magazine front cover
Speaking on Golf Monthly’s podcast back in 2019, Koepka said: ‘I just don’t understand how it takes a minute and 20 seconds, a minute and 15 to hit a golf ball; it’s not that hard.
‘It’s always between two clubs; there’s a miss short, there’s a miss long. It really drives me nuts especially when it’s a long hitter because you know you’ve got two other guys or at least one guy that’s hitting before you so you can do all your calculations; you should have your numbers.
‘If it’s blowing 30 (miles per hour) I understand taking a minute and taking some extra time with some gusts, you know changing just slightly, I get that but if it’s a calm day there’s no excuse. Guys are already so slow it’s kind of embarrassing.’
Koepka also took a swipe at DeChambeau at the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational last year.
DeChambeau had hit a bad shot into some trees and wanted relief from the officials because there was an ant hill near his ball.
Officials did not allow it and Koepka mocked him when he hit a drive in a similar position the next day.
After approaching his ball and lining up his next shot, Koepka said: ‘There’s an ant.’
DeChambeau was a physics major at Southern Methodist University and has brought his scientific background into his golf game, and aims to revolutionise thinking around the sport.
He has introduced many different quirks into his game, such as using clubs with shafts all of the same length (shorter shafts are usually used for clubs with a more lofted club face), using a compass to work out shot angles (which has now been banned) and spraying water onto his ball in practice sessions to mimick early-morning dew and monitor how it affects his ball.
DeChambeau put on three stone of muscle last year to become golf’s biggest hitter
DeChambeau looked trim when he first emerged as a leading pro (pictured in 2018, left) but beefed up and won the US Open in 2020 after gaining a huge amount of weight (right)
But he is now most famous for the incredible amount of muscle he put on during the first coronavirus lockdown, which meant there was no tournament golf played for months in spring 2020.
DeChambeau added three stone of muscle and tips the scales at 17st, going from a M shirt size to an XL and earning him a new nickname: ‘The Incredible Bulk’.
The extra weight transformed DeChambeau into golf’s longest hitter, and it bore fruit when he won his first Major championship, the US Open last summer.
Koepka hit out at his critics following some unkind remarks over his appearance in the Body Issue.
‘It’s one of those things where all these people that talk c*** and whatever on social media, they don’t have the balls to do it, and they wouldn’t look that good.
‘It was something I enjoyed. I was looking forward to it for months. It’s something I definitely don’t regret doing. It’s been enjoyable to see the pictures over the last couple of months and see, I guess, all the hard work I put into it and see the results.’