Two of modern golf’s greatest rivals faced off in the latest edition of The Match, and Brooks Koepka got the better of adversary Bryson DeChambeau by winning 4&3 in Las Vegas.
The bragging rights belong to Brooks Koepka after he stormed to a 4&3 victory over bitter rival Bryson DeCheambeau with time to spare in the latest edition of ‘The Match’.
Four-time major winner Koepka, 31, looked up for the challenge in Nevada and birdied his attempts at the second, fifth, sixth and eighth holes to move outside his long-standing rival’s reach.
DeChambeau, 28, then conceded defeat in the charity pay-per-view after failing to wrangle a birdie on the par-three ninth hole, congratulating his opponent as they shook hands: “Brooks, good job, man.”
Fans may have only seen nine of the 12 planned holes in Vegas, but the action that unfolded was of a typically high standard—and largely steered in one direction.
After each parring the first, Koepka’s breakout started with a 10-foot putt on No. 2, whereas DeChambeau was disappointed to find the bunker for the second time in as many holes.
Spoils were shared on both the third and fourth, but back-to-back birdies put Koepka three up approaching the seventh, and the signs were apparent this wouldn’t be DeChambeau’s day.
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‘The Scientist’ was unsurprisingly impressive off the tee but failed to capitalise off any of his superb lay-ups as Koepka’s stellar approach play came to the fore.
“I’m not going to lie. I just wanted to spank him,” said Koepka after the result, revelling in the bragging rights taken from his nemesis.
“There is respect there, but at the same time it was fun to come out here and settle this.”
Their rivalry is understood to trace back to 2019 when Koepka appeared to criticise DeChambeau’s time-consuming preparations before taking his shots.
The two stars teamed up to help the United States dominate Europe in the 2021 Ryder Cup in September.
It was announced shortly afterwards that the duo would be taking their renowned rivalry to the fairways, the charity setting being an ideal one for the two to test their talents directly.
Mickelson had been present in each of the four previous iterations of the charity event, either playing in a head-to-head against Woods or alongside celebrity partners like Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers.
‘Lefty’ still featured on Friday in a commentary capacity, conversing with both players and regaling viewers with anecdotes as they made their way around the course.
Fans would surely welcome another showdown between Koepka and DeChambeau in future given their rivalry doesn’t look likely to end anytime soon, though this edition of The Match proved a one-sided affair.