Brooks Koepka pulls off convincing 4&3 victory over arch rival Bryson DeChambeau in The Match… as golf icon Phil Mickelson steals the limelight with witty commentary quips
- Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau have a notoriously frosty relationship
- The two US golf stars went head to head in the fifth installment of The Match
- Koepka took a storming lead and saw the 12-hole contest out to win 4&3
- Golf icon Phil Mickelson stole the show with his witty commentary remarks
After exchanging sharp words and smug smiles, it was Brooks Koepka who would come out on top against his bitter foe Bryson DeChambeau in Nevada, Las Vegas.
The two golf superstars have a notoriously fractious relationship and are regularly seen firing barbs at each other on the PGA Tour.
And so, it was only fitting that the two American all-stars would go head to head for the fifth instalment of The Match – a showdown event which is usually played out between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.
Bryson DeChambeau (left) and Brooks Koepka (right) did battle in the fifth installment of The Match, in Las Vegas, Nevada
It was DeChambeau who was left demoralised after suffering a comprehensive defeat
Amanda Balionis presents Koepka with a bracelet after beating a crestfallen DeChambeau
Koepka was all smiles and laughter with his fiancee Jena Sims after winning the showdown
A smug Kopeka shook the hand of his conquered rival following the end of the 12-hole match
Koepka started like a freight train and was up early after sinking putt after putt, ramping up the atmosphere by repeatedly finding the cup and comically asking the onlooking crowd: ‘Any questions?’
DeChambeau was followed from tee to tee by expectant by-standers, but could not conjure the consistent form required.
Celebrity commentator Charles Barkley was even heard telling DeChambeau that ‘fairways are over-rated’ after seeing the 28-year-old hammer a tee shot well over into the rough cuts.
Crowds turned out to watch the big hitting DeChambeau but he could not find his top form
Phil Mickelson stole the limelight with his witty humour as part of the on-course commentary
Demoralised and deflated, DeChambeau shook the hand of a smug Koepka after his 4&3 victory in the 12-hole showdown and exchanged a simple ‘good job.’
It was however Mickelson who would steal the show, keeping the viewers both on the course and watching on at home roaring with laughter.
Brought in as an on-course commentator, ‘Leftie’ threw a series of questions in DeChambeau’s direction – from taunting his choice of a pink tee to enquiring whether he though his ability to hit a ball far was ‘sexy and attractive.’
‘I don’t think I could pull off a pink shirt,” Mickelson said dryly of DeChambeau. ‘But I feel like he is doing it.’
The two stars had amped up the event beforehand and took part in an official press conference
Following the clash Koepka did have some words of praise for his opponent however, remarking to the cameras that he was impressed by the sheer physicality of DeChambeau on the tee.
‘I’ve gotta be honest, I’ve never been up this close watching (Bryson) hit a ball… but holy cow,’ Koepka said.
With Kopeka taking a dormie four lead, DeChambeau knew his luck was most certainly out.
Making light of the situation for the crowd and viewers at home, DeChambeau asked his rival teasingly: Where was this on the PGA Tour?’
In dry and trademark fashion, Koepka simply responded down the camera: ‘I’m not gonna lie, I just wanted to spank ya.’