RIDGELAND, SC – Brooks Koepka insists his current rivalry with Major League Champion Bryson DeChambeau is good for golf.
Koepka is at the inaugural Palmetto Championship this week, his first event since a video interview at the PGA Championship last month showed the four-time Major League Champion rolling his eyes as DeChambeau walked behind him.
The clip was not supposed to be shown, however it was posted on social media and garnered over 10 million views before being removed.
For Koepka, the video drew attention directly to golf for a generation savvy on social media that is essential to the growth of the game.
“I get the traditionalists who don’t agree with that. I understand it, but I think that to grow the game you have to reach the younger generation, “he said Wednesday. “I don’t want to say that’s what it is, but it’s reaching a lot of people. It’s putting golf in front of the people. I think it’s good for the game. “
And it didn’t end in the PGA Championship.
After DeChambeau heard the screams of “Brooksie” at the Memorial last week and some fans were removed from the Muirfield Village site, Koepka posted a promotional video offering free beer from his sponsor to those expelled.
DeChambeau this week, like Koepka, thought that a “good playful rivalry is good for golf.”
Koepka, ranked eighth in the world, explained that he felt DeChambeau was talking loudly as he passed the interview site on the Ocean Course last month.
DeChambeau, who will not play this week, did not speak directly to Koepka as he strode past. “He was saying something about how he hit a perfect shot and he shouldn’t have been there,” Koepka recalled. “It was very, very strong.”
“I lost track of my thoughts,” he continued, “which I think was pretty obvious.”
When asked if tour officials had spoken to him about the dispute, Koepka said he regularly talks to the PGA Tour about everything that happens in golf.
Expect things to heat up once again when US Open champions DeChambeau and Koepka, who won that major in 2017 and 2018, play in this year’s event next week at Torrey Pines.