Brooks Koepka rekindles his feud with rival Bryson DeChambeau by offering FREE BEER to fans who were kicked out of the Memorial Tournament for mocking the great golf star by calling him ‘Brooksy’
Brooks Koepka has escalated his feud with Bryson DeChambeau after telling fans interrupting the Mad Scientist, “The next beer is mine.”
What was considered harmless gossip is sure to be seen in a different light by PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan, after DeChambeau was subjected to rowdy barracks at the Memorial Tournament in Ohio.
For 33 holes on Friday, the Californian’s marathon day was played under constant accompaniment from “Let’s go Brooksie” and similar taunts. It was bad enough for some fans to be evicted by the police.
Brooks Koepka saw the opportunity to snipe at Bryson DeChambeau by offering free beer to fans who taunted his rival during the Memorial Tournament
Koepka, who isn’t even in the tournament, couldn’t resist a mischievous barb on Twitter. He thanked fans for their support and added to the provocative rider that 50 cases of beer would be shipped to spectators “whose day had been cut short.”
DeChambeau, who denied reports that he had asked for fans to be evicted, is determined to publicly stick to what counts as the highest echelon in this pantomime affair. “The fans can keep calling me that all day long, it’s flattering, I have no problem with it,” he said.
However, with defending his US Open title in his home state now just 10 days away, it would be surprising if steps were not taken behind the scenes to bring down the temperature.
The animosity between the pair came to light at the USPGA Championship last month, in a leaked video of Koepka explaining his pitting troubles as DeChambeau walked behind him. “Try to get them on the right line,” the latter cackled.
Koepka was not amused. Searching for words, he theatrically closed his eyes and said, “I’ve lost my train of thought… listen to that b******t.”
The feud is the talk of the locker room. Rory McIlroy, who also plays in Ohio, said: “I messaged Brooks when it all came out saying I don’t care what happens to me at Memorial, this made my week.”
DeChambeau apparently got frustrated with fans yelling ‘let’s go Brooksy’ at him
Jordan Spieth, who played the first two rounds with DeChambeau, added: “Every bad hole from Bryson, fans shouted in support of Brooks and then backed him when he had a good hole. It was like a pseudo-rivalry and Koepka isn’t even here. I could see how it could be a distraction.’
The wave? Defending champion Jon Rahm showed his fondness for Muirfield Village by taking a two-stroke halfway lead over American Patrick Cantlay, with DeChambeau adrift nine shots and McIlroy one stroke back.
At the US Women’s Open in San Francisco, a poor second round finish left England’s Mel Reid four strokes behind Yuka Saso. Fellow English trio Charley Hull, Georgia Hall and Jodi Ewart Shadoff all missed the halfway mark.
Fans attending the event said security had begun ejecting people for making the taunts
Koepka fueled the taunts by posting an old video of DeChambeau getting annoyed