Bryson DeChambeau is watering down the idea that he turned down a partnership with Brooks Koepka at the 2021 US Open.
Reports circulated Tuesday that the USGA asked DeChambeau and his agent if he would play alongside Koepka and Gary Woodland. However, the current US Open champion denied that report, saying during a media session Later in the day he would have been “okay” with the pairing, “there was never really anything that came through me.”
He added that he thought the rivalry was fun and good for the game of golf.
“There is a point where it is a great joke. Personally, I love it,” he said, noting that at some point he hopes “that we can play against each other and compete.”
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Koepka also confirmed when speaking to reporters that he had not been asked about playing with DeChambeau and Woodland. He also had no qualms about the duo playing the track together.
“I play my own game. I don’t care who I’m paired with.” Koepka said. “I don’t care what happens. I don’t care. I’m out there trying to play my own game. What happens inside the ropes, it won’t bother me.”
Rick Reilly said, in a tweet since deleted, that the USGA wanted to group DeChambeau, Koepka and Woodland as the three most recent US Open winners, but that Woodland told him DeChambeau never would.
When they first hit Thursday, DeChambeau will team up with Hideki Matsuyama and Tyler Strafaci and Koepka with Collin Morikawa and Justin Thomas.
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Koepka was also asked about the viral clip of him showing frustration during an interview at the PGA Championship when DeChambeau passed by, prompting a discussion about their rivalry. The 2017 and 2018 champion said he was not worried about the video going viral.
“I don’t care what other people think,” Koepka said. “If I cared what other people thought, I would be in a world of pain.”
Koepka and DeChambeau reiterated that they believe the rivalry was good for the game, as it piqued the interest of fans who don’t normally follow golf.
“For me, I’ll always try to play my game and not worry too much about what other people are doing, but I think there are times when if it gets out of the scope of integrity and honor, then yes, that can get a little interesting “DeChambeau said.
“But at the same time, it’s all been a lot of fun. It’s been fun. I mean, shoot, to be honest, people who say Brooksy’s name, I love it. I think it’s great. I think it’s hilarious.”