SAN DIEGO — The USGA would not pair Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka within the first two rounds of the U.S. Open, however DeChambeau nonetheless discovered a technique to needle his rival Thursday.
After Koepka completed his opening spherical on the South Course at Torrey Pines, DeChambeau was strolling to the No. 1 gap to tee off as a part of the afternoon wave of gamers.
DeChambeau seen that Koepka was being interviewed by the Golf Channel’s Todd Lewis, so he determined to videobomb it. DeChambeau jumped and waved his left arm over a fence behind the place Koepka was standing. His stunt was captured on digital camera.
After his spherical ended late Thursday, DeChambeau stated he was solely making an attempt to have enjoyable with Koepka, who earlier this week advised reporters of their relationship: “We simply do not like one another.”
“Heck, yeah, completely,” DeChambeau stated. “Once more, it is a kind of issues individuals are pondering I used to be doing one thing, I wasn’t doing something on the PGA Championship. I noticed a chance and I simply had enjoyable with it.”
Their feud escalated final month after the PGA Championship, when a leaked video confirmed Koepka rolling his eyes after DeChambeau walked previous him whereas speaking and interrupted an interview.
Koepka had the final snigger Thursday. The 2-time U.S. Open champion opened with a 2-under 69, which was 2 photographs behind Russell Henley and Louis Oosthuizen in a primary spherical suspended as a result of darkness.
DeChambeau, the reigning U.S. Open champion, wanted a birdie on the par-5 18th gap to salvage a 2-over 73.
“I hit it actually dangerous,” he stated. “I hit some drives within the fairway, however I simply did not really feel assured with the swing and left it in some actually dangerous spots. I made too many bogeys, sadly, and wasn’t hitting it nicely. I labored actually onerous to get my golf swing to a spot the place I felt snug yesterday, and this afternoon I simply did not really feel snug.”
DeChambeau, who received the U.S. Open by 6 photographs at Winged Foot in September to say his first main championship, hit solely 7 of 14 fairways and 10 of 18 greens in regulation.
It was a a lot simpler day for Koepka.
Based on ESPN Stats & Data, he now has 32 rounds within the 60s at majors since 2017, which leads all gamers throughout that span (and is seven greater than anybody else). He has shot within the 60s in every of his final six rounds on the U.S. Open, the longest streak in event historical past (he did not play at Winged Foot due to accidents).
Koepka stated his recipe for fulfillment within the U.S. Open is easy.
“I’ve simply acquired a very good sport plan, targeted, I do know what I am doing, and I do not attempt to do something I can not,” he stated. “It is simply all about self-discipline in a U.S. Open. That is I suppose the gist of it.”