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Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau’s bitter feud explained ahead of the Ryder Cup

The Ryder Cup is finally on the horizon after being delayed by one-year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Anticipation for the 43rd edition of the event is rising but there is one sideshow that is hovering over the American team wherever they go.

That’s the feud between team-mates Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau, that has been ongoing for months.

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So much has been made of the relationship between the two and there have even been fears that it could cause rifts in the US camp.

It goes back as far as January 2019, when Koepka criticised his compatriot for his pace of play, taking aim at his now team-mate at the Saudi International.

Back then, a video of DeChambeau deliberating over a shot was posted on social media, with four-time major winner Koepka saying: “I just don’t understand how it takes a minute and 20 seconds, or a minute and 15 to hit a golf ball. It’s not that hard.”

Firing back, DeChambeau responded: “We’re not trying to slow anyone down. I’m not trying to slow anyone down. It’s just a part of the process, and unfortunately the Rules of Golf allow for a certain amount of time, and we used it to our fullest potential.”

Things got personal a year later.

Koepka appeared naked on the front of ESPN’s ‘Body Issue’ and Dechambeau took aim, saying: “I don’t think his genetics even make him look good. Did you see the Body Issue? He didn’t have any abs. I can tell you that. I have abs.”

Naturally, it did not take long for Koepka to respond on Twitter, posting a picture of his four major titles: “You were right @b_dechambeau I am 2 short of a 6 pack!”

The blue touch paper was really lit at this year’s PGA Championship, though.

A leaked TV interview with Koepka went viral, showing him cutting an interview short as he paused and rolled his eyes as DeChambeau walked behind him.

“I lost my train of thought, yeah, hearing that bulls***,” said Koepka.

It is unclear what exactly irked the 31-year-old. There is speculation that DeChambeau said something under his breath, although the spikes on his shoes could be heard clanging on the concrete as he walked by.

A number of Twitter exchanges followed with Koepka adding: “It’s nice to be living in your head rent free!”

Koepka then posted a video of a fan heckling with DeChambeau with a cry of ‘Brooksy’ as supporters began to take sides. That heckle would become a real problem for the 27-year-old, to the point where the PGA Tour felt compelled to get involved.

The ‘Brooksy’ heckle followed DeChambeau everywhere he went on tour, particularly during last months’ BMW Championship, where he lost a six-hole play-off with Patrick Cantlay.

It led to the Tour decreeing that any fan found to be levelling the ‘Brooksy’ chant at DeChambeau would be ejected from the event.

And that brings us up to date, with the pair now sharing a locker room this week.

Heading in to the Ryder Cup, DeChambeau’s coach insisted that his player wanted to end the feud and the pair were seen conversing on the driving range on Tuesday.

Conversations have been taking place behind the scenes and it seems that the pair are willing to sideline their beef for the good of the team.

What happens after this week, though, remains to be seen.

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