Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau reignite feud with ‘forced’ comment ahead of The Match

Brooks Koepka interview interrupted by Bryson DeChambeau

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Both Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau have reignited their heated feud ahead of The Match this Friday, labelling their well-documented hug at this year’s Ryder Cup as ‘forced’.

Koepka and DeChambeau have shared one of golf’s bitterest rivalries in recent years, after clashing a number of times since their feud started at the 2019 Saudi International.

Their ongoing battle was said to be a cause for concern for Team USA’s 2021 Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker, as the pair were both selected in the American’s 12-man squad.

However, it seemed the duo were able to put their differences aside as Wisconsin as they both played starring roles in Team USA’s record-breaking victory, before even embracing in a hug at the post-tournament press conference.

This hug potentially came at the worst possible time for organisers of Capital One’s ‘The Match’ event, after it was announced Koepka and DeChambeau would take each other on in the fifth instalment of the series.

However both American stars have reiterated that their relationship is far from friendly heading into the 12-hole match, which no doubt reignites the excitement for golf fans around the world who are set to tune in this Friday.

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In interviews ahead of the event this week, Koepka and DeChambeau both confirmed that the hug they shared at the Ryder Cup was most definitely a ‘forced’ one.

When asked if the embrace had finally put their feud to bed Koepka replied: “I wouldn’t put much on a forced hug.”

Following the four-time winner’s frosty claim, his rival DeChambeau agreed: “It was definitely a little forced,”

The 2020 US Open champion went on: “The team wanted us to do it, and to be honest I was surprised he did it. But I’m a guy that can put things behind me pretty quickly when you apologize and then we can move along.

“But it definitely felt forced, there wasn’t an apology or anything like that. Until I get an apology for what he’s said and what not, nothing will change.”

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The 28-year-old went on to add that he believed the treatment he has endured by his Ryder Cup teammate over recent years has been ‘disgusting’, with the pair exchanging a number of blows through the media and online throughout their feud.

He added: “It’s disgusting the way the guy has tried to knock me down. There’s no need for it in the game of golf, he’s just tried to knock me down at every angle, every avenue. 

“For what reason, I don’t know. Maybe it’s because he’s jealous and wants to get a part of that PIP [Player Impact Program] money from the tour. That’s probably a part of it, because it was squashed until that was announced.”

Despite DeChambeau’s damning claims, Koepka has confirmed that the 28-year-old will not be getting an apology any time soon, brutally commenting that he has ‘never really liked him’.

The 31-year-old said: “I’ve said it like 10 different times, I’ve never really liked him.”

DeChambeau and Koepka have never once played together during a PGA Tour event, both before and during their ongoing dispute.

However the latter did recollect one previous round they shared during an amateur event at Augusta National, adding they ‘didn’t get along there’.

Koepka continued: “I think we played together maybe when he was an amateur at Augusta, that was the only time that I can think of that we ever played [together]. We didn’t get along there.”

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