Brooks Koepka has upped the ante in his feud with Bryson DeChambeau by insisting their social media sniping will “grow the game”.
peaking for the first time since he was caught on video rolling his eyes as DeChambeau walked behind him at last month’s PGA Championship, the four-time Major winner has no intention of ending hostilities.
“The fact that golf’s on pretty much every news outlet for about two weeks pretty consistently, I think that’s a good thing,” Koepka said ahead of the Palmetto Championship at Congaree in South Carolina, where Séamus Power and Pádraig Harrington also tee it up.
“I get the traditionalists who don’t agree with it. I understand that, but I think to grow the game, you’ve got to reach out to the younger generation.”
Fans heckled DeChambeau at the Memorial last week with shouts of “Brooksie”, prompting Koepka to tweet a video offering ejected fans free beer from a sponsor.
“I think a good jesting rivalry is good for the game of golf, nothing too extreme,” DeChambeau said in a media day for the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit.
Rory McIlroy gleefully described the feud as “the best thing ever”, but Kevin Kisner is waiting for the real fireworks.
“I haven’t decided,” Kisner joked when asked if he was on Team Brooks or Team Bryson. “But I sure would like to see them get on there and do a little pay-per-view and quit all the BS social media stuff.”
Meanwhile, two-time Major winner Angel Cabrera was extradited from Brazil on Tuesday to stand trial in Argentina on charges of violence against former domestic partners. The former Masters and US Open champion was arrested at the beginning of the year in Rio de Janeiro after leaving Argentina and placed on the Interpol red list.
He spent last night in a cell in Misiones province before being transferred 1,200km south to a local jail in Cordoba pending trial.
As Jonathan Caldwell flies the flag in the Scandinavian Mixed Hosted by Henrik & Annika, Paul McBride, Tom McKibbin, Conor Purcell, Michael Hoey and Conor O’Rourke play the Challenge de Cadiz Novo Sancti Petri.
Elsewhere, Lahinch’s Aine Donegan used all her links experience to notch a 4&3 win over the leading qualifier, Icelander Ragnhildur Kristinsdottir, in the first round of the Women’s Amateur Championship at Kilmarnock (Barassie).
After scraping into the matchplay as the 64th qualifier, she hit her opening tee shot out of bounds but won the 11th, 12th and 13th to turn the match around.
Paula Grant lost 5&4 to Scotland’s Carmen Griffiths, but Beth Coulter, Kate Lanigan, Canice Screene, Sara Byrne and Rebekah Gardner all progressed to the last 32.
Scandinavian Mixed, Sky Sports Golf, 12.0
Palmetto Championship, Sky Sports Golf, 8.0