Brooks Koepka Trolls Bryson DeChambeau: "I Love My Driver" | CBS Sports HQ


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What did Dechambeau say about his driver?

DeChambeau, who has packed on roughly 30 pounds of muscle and become the longest hitter on the PGA Tour, said his driver "sucks" after he found just four of 14 fairways in his one-over-par start at Royal St. George's on Thursday. ... "I sucked today, not my equipment," DeChambeau said on Instagram late on Thursday. ReutersDeChambeau apologises for Cobra driver comments

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

What driver does Dechambeau use?

DeChambeau is currently using a Cobra Radspeed driver that is 46 inches long and has 5 degrees of loft. You won't find a club like that in your local pro shop. They are all made specifically for DeChambeau. “He has never really been happy, ever. usatoday.comA frustrated Bryson DeChambeau said his driver 'sucks.' Cobra, his driver maker, is not happy

Did Bryson Dechambeau 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'

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British Open gives Rory McIlroy one more chance to fulfil media prophecy

The Globe and Mail 18 July, 2021 - 02:00am

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Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland looks on from the green on the tenth hole during a practice round ahead of The 149th Open at Royal St George’s Golf Club on July 14, 2021 in Sandwich, England.

The British Open begins Thursday. Per recent tradition, that means golf must once more wrestle with its great existential question – does Brooks hate Bryson or, like, secretly love him?

The Koepka vs. DeChambeau rivalry is a bunch of things – an endless source of quotes (Bryson DeChambeau, apropos of nothing: “I really think I’m a great person.”); a safe place for broadcasters to hide when there’s nothing else to talk about; a mildly effective marketing campaign. What it very plainly is not is a real fight.

However it started (according to Brooks Koepka, after an argument over DeChambeau’s slow play), you already know how it’s going to end. With some sort of pay-per-view therapy session, followed by a good, long cry. Maybe they can pass around a bongo drum or a talking stick. Get Dr. Phil to rub their shoulders.

The phoniness of the whole thing reached new levels this week. The pair assumed their usual roles in the lead-in news conferences – Koepka the irritated antagonist, DeChambeau his baffled foil. Both were asked what it’s going to be like to play together on the U.S. Ryder Cup team.

Koepka: “I can deal with anyone in the world for a week.”

DeChambeau: “I think it would be kinda funny actually.”

If this thing was real, the only correct answer from either guy is bug-eyed silence or “Next question.”

Currently, only one person is getting anything out of this charade: Rory McIlroy.

Because it’s the British Open, it’s time to begin the annual autopsy on McIlroy’s career. For the first time in a while, he isn’t the biggest story in the lead-in.

Every year, the coverage of the most obsessed-over British golfer in his (sort of) home major fits into two categories.

Before a ball is struck, it’s time to reflect on McIlroy’s newfound maturity, how he has finally (finally, finally, finally) learned not to sweat the small stuff, how golf is just a small part of his rich life.

No sporting press corps is more intertwined with the athletes it covers than golf’s. For years, that collective has been trying to lift McIlroy up to Tiger Woods’s status, mainly so they can have another Woods to cover.

McIlroy, 32, has resisted their efforts. He remains one of the world’s great golfers. Just one who never wins anything important such as a major. It’s been seven years since the last of his four major victories, but it feels like 70.

Still, his many media boosters persist. Probably more out of habit than anything else.

The second category of McIlroy coverage at the Open is the sort that happens once he’s lost again.

As he’s hacking his way across the course, looking more like a man searching for the Lost City of Z than an elite athlete, the mournful columns about another unavoidable setback are being prepared.

Even the nastiest tabloids give McIlroy soft treatment. That’s his other natural talent: eliciting sympathy.

Because if McIlroy, formerly the most likely to succeed, can’t win the Open, then, really, what’s the point? To any of it?

The example par excellence of this one-two was presented at the last, pre-COVID Open, in 2019. It was played at Northern Ireland’s Royal Portrush, McIlroy’s home course in his home country.

He wasn’t all the talk going into that event. He was the only talk. The story of how he’d shot 61 on the course as a high schooler was told and retold like the parable of loaves and fishes. As though it were proof of divinity.

Being in Portrush that week, you had the feeling of occupying a space where history (a different sort than usual) was about to occur. In just four days, McIlroy would fulfill his promise.

As it turned out, only two days were required. Actually, only about 20 minutes. On Day 1, McIlroy quadruple-bogeyed the first hole and that was that.

By now used to how this is supposed to work – huge lead-up, small failure, measured reaction – McIlroy provided the expected bumpf about enjoying the ride. He even pulled up a tear or two.

“I will look back on this day with nothing but fond memories and fondness, positivity,” McIlroy said at the time.

The media unanimously agreed this sort of bizarre assertion – “My favourite day ever? Probably the time I was fired and then caused a car crash” – is how champions talk. “Carrying water” doesn’t begin to cover it. More like trucking water in from out of province.

This week, McIlroy is behaving like a few days, rather than two years, have passed. Because when it comes to McIlroy’s golf career, there are only two states any more: playing the British Open and everything else.

Did that feeling of disappointment stay with you for long?

“Not really,” McIlroy told reporters. “I ended up winning the FedEx Cup in 2019, so it gave me a few million reasons to feel better.”

Ho ho, the cheek. You get it, right? He suffered a crushing blow to his professional pride in his holiest of holies, but it’s okay because he’s rich.

You can’t blame McIlroy for playing it this transparently false way. Does it bother him that he choked at home? Of course it does. What’s he supposed to do? Tattoo a tear on his face? There’s only so much sackcloth any person can wear.

So McIlroy and the media continue this dance – they pretend golf isn’t the most important thing in a top professional golfer’s life and he obliges them by agreeing.

Meanwhile, his professional focus reduces to a few weekends a year, none more important than this one. This magical date has the power to put him back on top again. To allow him to assert himself as the one true heir to Woods while he’s still young enough to enjoy it.

That process seems especially portentous this year at Royal St. George’s, what with Woods now non-officially retired from the game. Golf is in the midst of figuring who will replace the biggest draw in the sport’s history, or if that is even possible.

This time, the pretournament onus falls on other categories: the big two (Koepka, DeChambeau), the form players (Jon Rahm, Dustin Johnson), the best-to-never-win-a-major (Xander Schauffele). McIlroy is just one of a large, leading pack.

He’ll have other Opens and other chances. His cheerleaders will shake their pompoms before all of them because everyone loves a comeback.

But both McIlroy and his press agents must realize he will never again get an opportunity as symbolically potent as this one.

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The 149th Open: Bryson DeChambeau sees the funny side of a shank, Justin Thomas misses from a foot

Sky Sports 18 July, 2021 - 02:00am

Two of the world's top six players proved they were not immune to suffering what many club golfers experience on a weekly basis, with DeChambeau's shocker from the rough seeming an appropriate addition to his exploits on and off the course at Royal St George's.

DeChambeau, forced to issue a chastened apology to his equipment sponsors after his infamous "my driver sucks" quip after his first-round 71, was out in the second group of the third round having made the cut with nothing to spare on one over par.

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He was unable to improve his score as he parred the opening eight holes and he then pulled his tee shot into the thick rough to the left of the ninth fairway, leaving him a tough task to reach the green with his second.

Of course, he had every confidence he could find the putting surface from the hay, but his bold gouge resulted in a dreadful shank, his ball heading back across the fairway and into the rough on the right side.

To his credit, DeChambeau saw the funny side as he turned to the spectators and said: "How good was that, guys?"

Clearly angered having just missed a putt for par, Thomas hurriedly decided to tap in from a matter of inches, only for his ball to lip out and end up even further away from the hole.

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Brooks vs Bryson? The Open crowds have made it very clear whose side they're on

National Club Golfer 18 July, 2021 - 02:00am

The much talked-about Bryson DeChambeau-Brooks Koepka rivalry has continued at The Open. Both players were asked about it constantly in the pre-tournament press conferences, while Koepka couldn’t resist the opportunity to mock DeChambeau’s outburst about his equipment after a poor opening round.

“Drove the ball great… love my driver”

But something seems to have shifted in the DeChambeau-Koepka continuum at Royal St George’s, as Alex Perry and Steve Carroll explain…

There were whoops and hollers and, bizarrely, American accents from people who are definitely not American. The Bryson DeChambeau show has well and truly taken over at The Open, writes Alex Perry.

We were standing on the 18th tee and DeChambeau had just munched his driver toward that glorious grandstand that envelopes the green.

The excitement was such that Mackenzie Hughes’ caddie, whose player was a few feet away preparing for his approach to 17, had to come over and calm a few people down.

On Friday I watched DeChambeau get his round underway. Only a handful of players – mainly UK-based – received a more rousing ovation.

On the 10th tee, groans rang out around Kent as his caddie handed him his hybrid. DeChambeau turned with a huge smile on his face. “Oh come on, guys!” he joked. Groans turned into laughs. It was a lovely moment to witness.

Soon after, Koepka’s group arrived at the nearby 15th. The grandstand behind the green was packed but you wouldn’t think it was a four-time major champion and one of the best players in the world putting out in front of them. A polite applause and on you go, Brooks. Why should we treat you any differently?

At 18, I stood alongside a dozen cameramen clicking furiously when it was DeChambeau’s turn to putt. Playing partners Jordan Spieth and Branden Grace may as well have not been there.

I was Team Brooks before this week. Now I’m very much Team Bryson.

I’m not alone. The crowds in this corner of England have made their feelings well and truly known who their main man is this week. Imagine how fun it would have been if he was contending

There’s this pantomime thing going on when Bryson DeChambeau reaches into the bag, writes Steve Carroll. Oh yes he will! Oh no he won’t!

It’s a bit of theatre befitting of a box office player and I’m all for it. I’ve loved the way the crowds have warmed to him this week, and the way he genuinely seems to have appreciated that affection he’s received.  

I’ve found myself among them, drawn into that big hitting spectacle – I can’t actually believe how far and high he hits it – and it’s made me feel more and more uncomfortable as this spat with Koepka persists.

Time to let it go now, Brooks.

As for the driver outburst, well it wasn’t wise but let’s not dwell on it. Show me any club golfer who hasn’t occasionally moaned about their equipment after a stinker and I’ll show you a liar. It’s why we can’t help but keep running to the shops – hoping the next bit of technology will unlock the secret.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, DeChambeau is on the course and I want to watch the show.

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British Open 2021: Brooks Koepka 'loves' his driver, unlike Bryson DeChambeau

Fox News 17 July, 2021 - 03:36pm

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Where there’s Bryson DeChambeau drama, there’s Brooks Koepka, in the shadows, waiting to troll. 

"He knows it. It’s just really, really painful when he says something that stupid."

In addition to ruffling some feathers, DeChambeau provided a golden opportunity for Koepka to continue their ongoing feud with a subtle dig. 

"Drove the ball great," Koepka said in an interview with Golf Channel after he shot 4-under 66 in the second round. "Love my driver. Everything is going really well." 

You had to see that one coming. 

DeChambeau later apologized for his remarks, explaining in an Instagram post: "I sucked today, not my equipment."

"The comment I made in my post-round interview today was very unprofessional," he wrote. "My frustration and emotions over the way I drove the ball boiled over."

Louis Oosthuizen finished the third round on Saturday maintaining his first-place lead. Koepka is tied for 25th at 3-under par while DeChambeau sits at the bottom. 

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Bryson DeChambeau struggles again at Royal St. George’s but still loves the challenge of the British Open

Yahoo Sports 17 July, 2021 - 09:54am

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“This is, by far, the hardest tournament to figure out,” DeChambeau told reporters after his round. “It’s why I love it here, because of the challenge. This one keeps me scratching my head.”

It’s been a turbulent week for DeChambeau, who said his “driver sucks” after the first round and he was living on the “razor’s edge,” which ignited a storm when a representative for his equipment company, Cobra, took issue with their player’s comments and responded with a strong rebuke.

DeChambeau later apologized and said he made a mistake he hopes to learn from. He said he will continue to work with Cobra and looks forward to crossing the pond again next year for the 2022 Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews.

“Hopefully, St. Andrews will be a little more forgiving to me,” he said.

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