Brooks Koepka trounced Bryson DeChambeau in “Capital One's The Match,” but did it settle everything between the two once and for all?
"Did we just become best friends?" reporter Amanda Balionis asked following the match. "No," Koepka said.
But the two appeared to earn each other's respect after Koepka put on a show at Las Vegas' Wynn Golf Club, recording four birdies en route to a 4-and-3 win in nine holes in which DeChambeau hit one of six fairways. DeChambeau, who hasn't played competitively since the Ryder Cup, conceded the 12-hole match after a missed birdie putt on the ninth hole.
When the 31-year-old Koepka, left his tee shot on the par-3 ninth just feet of the hole, DeChambeau, 28, asked his nemesis, who has struggled recently on Tour, "Where is this on the PGA Tour, man? You're playing so good right now."
"It's kind of like my major right now," Koepka said.
Then right before Koepka rolled in the winning putt, he said to DeChambeau: "Not going to lie, I just wanted to spank you."
The tension between the two began at the 2019 Northern Trust and was rekindled at this year's PGA Championship after a Golf Channel video that never aired went viral, leading to a summer of back-and-forths with each other. But it seemed the two reached a détente after Team USA's Ryder Cup beatdown, hugging it out during the post-victory celebration. And after Koepka delivered his own beatdown in Las Vegas, he had praise for the 2020 U.S. Open champion.
"Obviously, watching him up close and personal is pretty neat, pretty special to watch him hit the ball," Koepka said after his victory. "Like I said, there is respect there, but at the same time it was fun to come out here and settle this."
Koepka isn't looking to hash things out again in the future. DeChambeau, though, would take another shot at his competitor.
"I've always had respect for Brooks," DeChambeau said. "He's won four major championships and what he's done for the game. ... And at the end of the day it was 12 holes and he got me. So, hopefully, there will be a rematch sometime soon."