The biggest feud in golf at the moment is the most talked about feud in sports as the rivalry between Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka has recently reached new heights.
A couple weeks ago, a video leaked with Koepka looking especially annoyed and frustrated as DeChambeau loudly walked by in the background with his metal cleats. Koepka paused the interview he was in the middle of and cursed after being visibly distracted. There were also reports on social media saying DeChambeau had hecklers kicked out for calling him “Brooksie” at the Memorial Tournament.
As the spat takes over the golf world, DeChambeau told reporters in Detroit on Monday that the rivalry is good for the sport.
“I think a good, jesting rivalry is good for the game of golf,” DeChambeau said. “Nothing too extreme. But, at the same point in time, that’s all outside of the spectrum of what we’re here for today.”
DeChambeau was at the Detroit Gold Club on Monday to help promote the Rocket Mortgage Classic and the charitable efforts surrounding the event. DeChambeau won the RMC in 2020.
When initially asked to comment on the situation between himself and Koepka, DeChambeau declined to elaborate and said, “That’s something else that’s for another time.”
He was asked shortly after to describe his relationship with Koepka, but DeChambeau downplayed the drama.
“I personally got no issue (with Koepka),” DeChambeau said. “It’s something that, (if) he’s up for discussion, people can talk to him about that. But I’ve got no issues.”
He did not comment any further on the topic during the media scrum.
DeChambeau also said he has had “plenty” of conversations with Tiger Woods since his debilitating car accident, saying that Woods is “doing a lot better.”
“He’s in a better place now, I think,” DeChambeau said. “It’s a long recovery for him, no doubt about it. But he’ll push through it and come out for the better.”
DeChambeau also said he is hitting much further now and that his driving distance is nearly 20 yards farther than it was in 2020 at the RMC. He said the increase is the result of two-a-day speed training session at the recommendation of World Long Drive competitor Kyle Berkshire.
“It’s been a lot of work and I’ll continue to keep working,” DeChambeau said. “I can go down a bunch of rabbit holes, but one thing I can say is that Kyle Berkshire helped me out a lot in this regard, in regards to the speed training… He talked about doing two or three-a-day practice speed training sessions, which encompasses an hour-and-a-half each speed training session of hitting 150 to 200 golf balls at max speed as hard as you physically can.
“There are points in time where you feel like you’re going to pass out or you feel like you’re going to faint, you feel like you’re going to fall over. But it’s in those moments where you can catch a second wind and your nervous system can just explode, it’s just free.”
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