Brooks Koepka defeats Bryson DeChambeau in The Match

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Whether this will settle their feud once and for all remains to be seen, but Brooks Koepka beat Bryson DeChambeau 4 and 3 in a 12-hole edition of “The Match” on Friday at Wynn Golf Club in Las Vegas.

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The bitter rivalry of the players grabbed the headlines in the golf world for almost a year. After temporarily putting aside their differences to help the U.S. team dominate the Ryder Cup in September, it was announced that they would face off in the charity golf match which has become a semi-regular made-for-television event. .

“I’m not going to lie, I just wanted to spank you,” Koepka told DeChambeau after taking the win on the ninth hole.

Koepka won the second hole with a 15-foot birdie putt, then added birdies to numbers 5 and 6 to beat DeChambeau and go up 3 points.

DeChambeau hurt his chances of rallying by missing a birdie putt at No.8. Koepka responded by sinking his birdie up 4 points.

At the ninth par 3 hole, DeChambeau conceded the game after missing another putt for a birdie. Officially, the hole was halved for a final score of 4 and 3.

Playful trash discussions flowed before and during the match.

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“’Brooksy’ seems to touch him a bit,” Koepka said during a pre-game live event answering questions from fans. “He had to go to the Tour to get them to stop. “

It was a reference to the peak of the rivalry during the 2020-21 season, when fans started taunting DeChambeau by calling him “Brooksy” from the galleries during tournaments. The PGA Tour ultimately decided that fans caught yelling “Brooksy” would be grounds for withdrawal from a tournament, although it is not proven that anyone from DeChambeau’s camp ever asked the Tour to. adopt such an order.

Friday was the final installment of the celebrity match-play competition that brought together Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Charles Barkley and Steph Curry in previous editions.

Mickelson and Barkley served as commentators on Friday.

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