Koepka was asked again at The Open on Tuesday about the ongoing feud, and the four-time big winner said he was going to keep it good because DeChambeau went back on his deal and he is therefore a ‘fair game’.
Their differences were re-emphasized two months ago when a recording of Koepka showing his dislike for DeChambeau leaked and went viral. There has been a bit of back and forth since then, it all starts with Koepka’s slow complaints about DeChambeau in 2019.
Koepka said the deal they entered into was discussed during the 2019 Northern Trust Tournament at Liberty National in Jersey City, New Jersey.
“We had a conversation at Liberty, and he did not like the end of the bargain, and I did not like it, so I will take my shots,” Koepka said.
He then explained how it went wrong.
“He did not like me mentioning his name in slow play, so we chatted in the dressing room,” Koepka said. “And I think we said something different at the press conference, but did not mention his name in it, and he walked up to (Koepka’s caddy) Ricky (Elliott), said something. It was, ‘You say to your husband if he has something to say, say it to myself. “I thought it was ironic, because he went straight to Ricky. Ricky told me when I came out, hit some set pieces, and then just walked up to him. , we had a conversation.
“We both agreed that we would leave each other out there and not name each other, just to let it die, not name each other’s names, but just go for it. Then he decided I think he was going to go so little to, whatever, play video games online (on Twitch in which he portrays Koepka in ESPN’s The Body Issue) or whatever and bring up my name and say a few things, so it’s an honest games. “
DeChambeau would speak later Tuesday.
Koepka said there will be no problems with DeChambeau as teammates like the Ryder Cup in September.
“It’s only a week,” he said. ‘I can set it aside for business. If we’re going to be in the same team, I can hang out with someone in the world for a week. I’m not playing with him. I’m pretty sure we do not. going to be mated together; put it this way. I think it’s obvious.
“It does not matter. I do not think we are going to be fiery and have late night talks. I do my thing, he does his thing. Yes, we are in the same team, but it’s not an issue. I do not consider it “It’s not an issue. I do not think he does.”
Koepka, who is eighth in the world rankings, has been in the top 5 in three of his last four matches, including a draw for the second deficit Phil Mickelson at the PGA Championship and a draw for the fourth at the US Open behind Jon Rahm.
He took his first look at Royal St. on Tuesday. Found George’s and was not too impressed.
“Quite a few blind shots, kind of hitting nothing,” Koepka said. “Fairways are quite undulating. I do not know, it is not my favorite of the (ten-speed) rotation, put it this way.
(But) I do not care if I like the place, and do not like it. You still have to play well and hit the shots. About St. Playing Andrews is probably my favorite place in the whole world to play. Portrush was two years ago. . . I love that place. I thought it was just such a good Open. A fun golf course to play. Really enjoyed it.
“This one, it’s just not that exciting. I do not know why. Whether it’s a few shots to nothing, a few blind shots or shots where you can not really see much. I’m not too big of a fan of it. ‘
Koepka (31) makes his seventh appearance at The Open, and he ends a draw for fourth in 2019 at Royal Portrush. He also finished sixth in 2017 at Royal Birkdale.