“How would I characterize it? I do not know the place you need to begin, like I assume — the place do you need to begin?” Koepka mentioned throughout a information convention from the Palmetto Championship at Congaree exterior of Ridgeland, South Carolina. “That is extra my query.”
Koepka, the four-time main champion, and DeChambeau, the reigning U.S. Open champion, have been at odds for greater than two years, their feud intensifying two weeks in the past when a leaked video of Koepka displaying his contempt for DeChambeau throughout an interview on the PGA Championship went viral.
Since that point, there was some back-and-forth on Twitter, with DeChambeau getting heckled finally weeks’ Memorial Event, Koepka then coming again to say he’d care for anybody faraway from the match with free beer, after which DeChambeau countering that maybe the PGA Tour must become involved.
Koepka, who tied for second on the PGA Championship behind winner Phil Mickelson, spoke publicly about it for the primary time Wednesday prematurely of the PGA Tour occasion that’s changing the canceled RBC Canadian Open.
“I believe it is good for the sport. I actually do,” he mentioned. “The truth that golf’s on just about each information outlet for about two weeks fairly constantly, I believe that is an excellent factor.
“It is rising the sport. The youthful era — I get the traditionalists who do not agree with it. I perceive that, however I believe to develop the sport you have to attain out to the youthful era, and I do not need to say that is what that is, but it surely’s reaching out to a complete bunch of individuals. It is getting golf in entrance of individuals. I believe it is good for the sport.”
Koepka and DeChambeau are virtually sure to be members of the U.S. Ryder Cup workforce in September, one thing Koepka believes will not be a difficulty.
“There’s solely eight guys which might be taking part in [at a time], 4 guys are sitting, no matter,” Koepka mentioned. “I imply, I play with one different man. I do not perceive — if as an instance I do not play with Bryson or Bryson does not play with me, he takes care of his match, and I’d care for my match, and I do not understand how that has any impact. What you do off the golf course does not have any impact on the golf course.”
Within the viral video, Koepka was being interviewed by the Golf Channel following his second spherical of the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island, South Carolina. The interview was being taped when DeChambeau walked by, was speaking, and Koepka was distracted. The video, which was not meant to air, confirmed him rolling his eyes and later dropping an expletive about DeChambeau.
“It does not trouble me, truthfully,” Koepka mentioned. “I am OK with something I do. I do not actually stay with regrets. It is nothing I am terribly upset about. From all people I spoke to, it’s what it’s and transfer on.
“So far as that was, he did not say something to me. He wasn’t talking to me. He was both signing his scorecard or wherever and I used to be simply to the precise of the media tent, or I assume proper in entrance of the microphones the place you guys all had been, and I do not need to say he was like screaming — he was saying one thing about how he hit an ideal shot and it should not have been there, and it was simply very, very loud. I do not assume the mics picked up on that, but it surely felt like simply in order that the followers may hear.
“With the media proper there, you sort of know, hey, look, we’re all sort of on this space, simply tone it down, and it was simply so loud. Then I believe he realized that he had gotten proper behind me, and he toned it down slightly bit, but it surely was nonetheless — and I simply misplaced prepare of thought, which I believe was fairly apparent.”