Brooks Koepka trolls Bryson DeChambeau at 2021 Open after driver fiasco: 'I love my driver'

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What did Bryson say about Cobra?

[Bryson] knows it.” In his subsequent apology, DeChambeau described his post-round comments as “very unprofessional” and said the team at Cobra was “like family to me, especially Ben Schomin.” “I deeply regret the words I used earlier,” he wrote. “I am relentless in pursuit of improvement and perfection. The Washington PostBryson DeChambeau apologizes after sharp rebuke from Cobra exec over criticism of driver

Did Bryson make the cut?

A day after Bryson DeChambeau ignited a controversy by saying that his driver “sucks,” the 2020 U.S. Open champion shot an even-par 70 and made the cut on the number at the 2021 British Open at Royal St. George's. usatoday.comBryson DeChambeau makes the cut at the 2021 British Open, then apologizes again for saying his driver 'sucks'

Where is the British Open 2021?

The 2021 Open Championship enters the weekend with two more days of exciting golf ahead at one of the best courses in the United Kingdom. Royal St. George's in Sandwich, England, is hosting this event for the first time in a decade, and the scenery and the golf have both been awesome through 36 holes. CBSSports.com2021 British Open live stream, watch online: Full coverage, TV channel, schedule for Round 3 on Thursday

The beef between Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka has officially traversed the Atlantic Ocean. A day after DeChambeau laid into his equipment following an opening-round 1-over 70 at the 2021 Open Championship by saying his driver "sucks," Koepka on Friday took his time in the media spotlight post-round to troll his nemesis by leaning the exact opposite direction.

"Drove the ball great," Koepka said on Golf Channel with a slight grin, acknowleding what was coming next was an apparent subtle troll. "Love my driver. Everything is going really well." 

Koepka had a little pep in his step side-swiping DeChambeau and he has good reason for it, too. Not only was it an opportunity too good to pass up in the ongoing beef between the two, but it came after Koepka put himself in contention entering the weekend after a 4-under 66 on Friday. That thrust him inside the top 10 on the leaderboard after his round and should once again keep him in the mix amongst the thoroughbreds to potentially win a fifth career major championship.

"I'm doing everything right, or at least I feel like I am," said Koepka summing up his round and looking ahead to the weekend. "Just need to clean up some stuff and I'll be fine."

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Lynch: Bryson DeChambeau keeps losing his cool. Who will be the adult in the room?

Yahoo Sports 16 July, 2021 - 07:46pm

Dan Wetzel, Pat Forde, Pete Thamel

The world No. 6 has won an army of admirers for his talent, work ethic, inventiveness and even his (almost) endearingly idiosyncratic persona. He’s polarizing, sure, but he’s a welcome addition to a sport oversubscribed with humdrum, khaki-clad clones. The life DeChambeau leads is not without challenges, to be fair. Public scrutiny can be brutally unkind to an athlete, especially one with a quirky personality, and moreso when the Simone Biles of social media trolling constantly has you in his crosshairs.

Yet it’s a career he has embraced. DeChambeau is an indefatigable marketer, with enough sponsor decals to qualify him for pole position in the Daytona 500. He has at times alienated fans with an incommodious inability to zip his lips when things go sideways, but the fact that his last two tournament starts have been marked with disrespectful and unprofessional conduct toward two of his sponsors should be cause more for concern than for comedy.

DeChambeau began the Rocket Mortgage Classic with an amusing insistence that his 44-stroke meltdown on the final nine holes of the U.S. Open was bad luck, a storyline quickly overshadowed when his longtime caddie quit. He subsequently blew off media obligations for two days on his way to missing the cut, despite being both the defending champion and personally sponsored by Rocket Mortgage.

Then came Thursday’s histrionics at the Open Championship, when after a mediocre opening round he turned a blowtorch on his equipment manufacturer, Cobra, saying his driver “sucks.” To its credit, a Cobra rep returned a haymaker, claiming the company’s star player (sorry Rickie!) is never happy and likening him to an 8-year-old child. By nightfall, DeChambeau issued a mea culpa that was billed as an apology, never mind that it didn’t actually include an apology.

It was all catnip for golf fans and British tabloids, which lavished more barrels of ink on his outburst than on the Open leader, Louis Oosthuizen. But DeChambeau’s conspicuous difficulty in handling emotional situations is a recurring, troubling theme in his young career.

After blowing a lead in Porsche European Open in 2018, he barely managed to shake the winner’s hand before storming away. We’ve watched querulous exchanges with rules officials and the lecturing of a cameraman in Detroit, after which he said media ought to protect his brand and not show him in a negative light. Even before scorching Cobra, he tried to gaslight his way through a press conference at Royal St. George’s by insisting that he does shout “Fore!” to warn fans of incoming tee shots when there is plentiful evidence that he frequently does not.

It’s not a surprise that DeChambeau’s short fuse was lit at Royal St. George’s. Links golf often corrodes whatever psychological shield a golfer has constructed, each capricious bounce or ill-timed gust of wind like a drop of acid rain. There’s a reason why players like Tom Watson and Nick Faldo won the Open while guys like Bubba Watson and Sergio Garcia have not. The golf we see weekly on the PGA Tour is a one-dimensional test of execution and those who play for a paycheck prize that simplicity. Links golf, however, also tests imagination, perseverance and patience. Those are exam papers suited to stoics, but not to the emotionally volatile. Thus, one Watson (Tom) has five Claret Jugs to go with his two green jackets while his namesake (Bubba) has none.

DeChambeau’s unyielding pursuit of perfection in an inherently imperfect game is a daunting standard to live by, and a thoroughly impossible one to expect others to live by too. He’s accustomed to calculating precisely the journey his ball will take toward its target, but at the Open every ball takes two journeys: one through the air and another that begins when it hits the ground and caroms along ancient contours. It is not a style of golf suited to precision, or to emotion (unless, like Seve Ballesteros, it is channeled successfully). Royal St. George’s was always destined to be a demanding week for DeChambeau, but it didn’t need to be a disastrous one.

He rendered it so by proving, yet again, that maturity has no correlation with age.

It’s hard to escape the feeling that DeChambeau is hurtling toward a reckoning with the many things that chafe him — his own elusive standards, criticism of his behavior and utterances, Brooks Koepka — and it’s in such moments that the team around an athlete must justify their existence. This is no time for mute courtiers who lack the courage to tell the king that his subjects are restless with his intemperate rule.

The life of a professional golfer — particularly a successful one — does not want for emotionally difficult situations, and learning how to govern them is essential for both mental health and reputational standing. Surely there is one adult in the room who will help DeChambeau not reduce himself to a childish caricature. He needs that, just as much as this game needs him.

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