Koepka, a four-time main winner, had 4 birdies within the match for charity, whereas DeChambeau did not have any.
“Not going to lie, I simply wished to spank you,” Koepka informed DeChambeau, shortly earlier than profitable the match.
The consequence was a bit stunning, as Koepka hadn’t performed significantly properly since serving to the U.S. crew win the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits in September. He battled knee and wrist accidents this previous season, then missed the lower in every of his final two begins and fell to No. 16 within the Official World Golf Rating.
DeChambeau hasn’t made a begin on tour for the reason that Ryder Cup, and spent a lot of his time making ready for a long-driving contest.
“I have not performed in two months,” DeChambeau informed TNT. “No excuses, although. I ought to have carried out higher.”
Koepka had birdies on Holes 2, 5, 6 and eight to go 4 up with 4 holes to play. DeChambeau conceded the match after lacking a birdie putt on the ninth gap. It was the fifth model of “The Match,” a made-for-TV sequence that started with Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson taking part in winner-take-all in opposition to one another. It will definitely expanded to incorporate NFL quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, NBA star Steph Curry and basketball Corridor of Famer Charles Barkley.
The DeChambeau-Koepka matchup was one of many extra extremely anticipated ones due to the golfers’ supposed dislike for one another. Their feud escalated at Could’s PGA Championship, when a leaked video confirmed Koepka rolling his eyes after DeChambeau walked previous him whereas speaking and interrupted an interview.
“Clearly, watching him up shut and private is fairly neat, fairly particular to look at him hit the ball,” Koepka stated. “Like I stated, there’s respect there, however on the identical time it was enjoyable to return out right here and settle this.”
“Did we simply turn into finest buddies?” reporter Amanda Balionis requested afterward.
“No,” Koepka stated.
On the tee field of the ninth gap, DeChambeau appeared annoyed with how properly Koepka was taking part in in opposition to him.
“The place is that this on the PGA Tour, man?” DeChambeau requested Koepka. “[You’re playing] so good proper now.”
“It is form of like my main proper now, proper?” Koepka stated.
“I assume it’s,” DeChambeau stated.
Brian Anderson, who was doing play-by-play of the match on TNT, requested Koepka if he wished to play with DeChambeau extra.
“Nah, I am good,” Koepka stated.