Bryson DeChambeau had hinted at it during Ryder Cup. Now it will happen: A golf match between Brooks Koepka and DeChambeau.
The match will be played at 12 holes (not 18), at Wynn Golf Club, Las Vegas on Nov 26, the day following Thanksgiving.
Turner Sports will televise this match, which was announced by the PGA Tour Tuesday, on TNT (aswell as TBS, TruTV, and HLN at 4 p.m.). ET.
This will be The Match's fifth edition and will be the first one-on-one match since the 2018 encounter between Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods.
Mickelson and Woods participated in a second Match with Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback, and Peyton Manning, Hall of Fame QB. Mickelson will not be playing in this match, but he is expected play some part in the broadcast.
DeChambeau and Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers quarterback, teamed up with DeChambeau to defeat Brady and Mickelson in The Match's fourth installment.
The DeChambeau/Koepka feud began in early 2019, when Koepka raised concerns about DeChambeau's slow play and made an issue out of it. After the PGA Championship, a Koepka interview that was not aired became viral. In it, he walked behind DeChambeau while conducting an interview.
It grew from that point, to the point where spectators would often taunt DeChambeau by yelling "Brooksy" at tournaments.
The tensions between the players grew so much that Steve Stricker, the captain of the U.S. Ryder Cup, tried to resolve them before last month's event. Although the Ryder Cup was not played or practiced by the players, there was an apparent reconciliation after the event.
DeChambeau also mentioned the Ryder Cup team dinner Monday night and hinted at future events.
DeChambeau stated, "I sat down with him last night and had dinner, and it was good." "I believe there may be some upstream movement, but I won't say too much about that.
DeChambeau (28), is a eight-time winner of the PGA Tour, which includes the 2020 U.S. Open. He is currently ranked seventh worldwide. He won the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March and went 2-0-1 at Ryder Cup.
Koepka is 31 years old and has won eight PGA Tour titles, including four major championships. He currently ranks ninth in the world. He won the Waste Management Phoenix Open in February and finished 2-2 at Ryder Cup.
After the PGA Championship, their feud was renewed and they were never again in the same group for the remainder of the season.