Koepka and DeChambeau to face each other in made-for-TV game in Vegas – The Denver Post

Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau will finally get their match, even though it’s only 12 holes.

After clashing in a widely publicized social media row for nearly two years, Koepka and DeChambeau will face off in the latest edition of “Capital One’s The Match” the day after Thanksgiving at the Wynn Golf Course on the Las Strip. Vegas. .

The November 26 exhibit will air on TNT and give everyone plenty of time to relive their back and forth trips that started at Liberty National in August 2019 and looked cool when they were teammates of the victorious U.S. team at Ryder. Cup.

DeChambeau hinted at “something fun coming here” during his Ryder Cup press conference. Koepka was asked about it two days later at his press conference and said: “I have no idea. I did not listen to the comment or hear what he said.

Both will have open mics during the 12 hole match.

Koepka and DeChambeau have only been paired four times on the PGA Tour, most recently in 2019 for the first two rounds of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. The other occasions were the third round of the Tour Championship in 2018 and the last round of the Masters 2016, when DeChambeau was an amateur.

DeChambeau will make his second made-for-television appearance, after teaming up with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to beat Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady last summer. Koepka is playing it for the first time.

DeChambeau was in Las Vegas last week and reached the quarterfinals of the Long Drivers Association Championship, a remarkable feat considering he faced the best in the world to swing as hard and throw as far as they could. He has had a number of workouts of 400 meters or more.

The exhibit, which started with Mickelson beating Tiger Woods in 2018 at Shadow Creek, has raised nearly $ 30 million for various charities and generated some 10 million in meal donations.


Sam Burns won the PGA Tour for the second time this year, just 13 days after Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker announced Burns would not make the US squad.

Burns can’t start earning points for Team 2023 until next year.

And if history is any indication, the U.S. team will feature plenty of newcomers. The Americans crushed Europe for the biggest margin of victory – 19-9 – since the start of the modern era in 1979 by expanding Britain and Ireland to include mainland Europe.

The US team that won at Hazeltine by a 17-11 margin only had six players to come back to the team that went to France in 2018. This is not unusual. Dating back to 1981, there have only been six Ryder Cups where more than six Americans have returned to the next team.

One question is, who would be the Six Not at Whistling Straits?

Among those who missed, besides Burns were Patrick Reed, Webb Simpson and Rickie Fowler falling apart. Matthew Wolff thought he was part of the 2021 squad when he tied for fourth and finished second in consecutive majors in 2020, but he went into free fall with his game and his emotions. As for new arrivals? Remember, Collin Morikawa was still in college during the previous Ryder Cup.

Perhaps the best question is: who will not come back?

The 1999 and 2012 teams had eight returning players. The two constants were Phil Mickelson, who set a record playing for 12 successive teams, and Jim Furyk, who played nine in a row.

For now, it’s hard to imagine an American team without Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth, Xander Sc Chaudele and Patrick Cantlay, and Morikawa and Bryson DeChambeau for years to come.

Then again, Spieth would have been excluded from the team without the one-year postponement due to the coronavirus pandemic.


Two great champions start the new season with different caddies.

Ted Scott had been with two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson his entire career, and they decided to go their separate ways. Watson said Scott “deserves more credit than anyone can imagine” for helping him on and off the golf course.

Jimmy Johnson is no longer with Justin Thomas, the 2017 PGA and FedEx Cup champion. No reason was given for their separation except for Thomas saying he had not fired Johnson. Thomas said Jim “Bones” Mackay, the longtime former caddy of Phil Mickelson, would work for him. Johnson was the second full-time caddy Thomas had as a pro.


The steadily rising prize money plays a role in Cameron Tringale extending his lead as the most winning player on the PGA Tour without winning.

His most recent chance was the Sanderson Farms Championship, where Tringale started the last round one stroke behind and finished with a 71 tied for 11th place. It was worth $ 162,750, bringing his career earnings to $ 14,487,568.

That’s a little over a million dollars better than England’s Brian Davis, who played his last full season in 2019. The difference is that Davis has appeared in 372 events, compared to 311 for Tringale.

Of the nine players with $ 10 million or more without winning (who mainly play the PGA Tour), Brett Quigley had the most starts with 408.

Tringale is making his 312nd start this week in Las Vegas. He says that the joy comes more from the competition than from the money.

“I have been here for a long time. I didn’t win, but I love the competition and just want to see if I can keep beating the guys, ”he said heading into the final round. “On Sunday they hand out the trophies, but you’re really out there playing against yourself. But it’s just fun to see how I can compete when I’m playing well and even when I’m not, how to handle that and make the most of each week.

“It’s kind of the fun part for me,” he said. “I’m kind of a companion so far and enjoy the trip.”


Steve Stricker and Padraig Harrington compete again, this time with golf clubs.

Harrington turned 50 on August 31, three weeks before the Ryder Cup. He is making his PGA Tour Champions debut this week at the Constellation Furyk & Friends Invitational at the Timuquana Country Club in Jacksonville, Florida. Stricker is also on the ground.

Even though the PGA Tour Champions often has the number of former Major Champions in its fields, it feels like a reunion of former Ryder Cup captains. Harrington and Stricker are among 10 former Captains of Timuquana.

The European captains are Bernhard Langer (2004), Colin Montgomerie (2010), Jose Maria Olazabal (2012), Darren Clarke (2016) and Harrington (2021).

The US Captains are Tom Lehman (2006), Corey Pavin (2010), Davis Love III (2012 and 2016), tournament host Jim Furyk (2018) and Stricker (2021).


The Asian Tour is expected to resume in November, having not played since March 2020 due to the pandemic. The tour has two tournaments planned in Thailand with two more in Singapore after the Christmas holidays. … With seven tournaments to play in the year, Dustin Johnson and Scottie Scheffler are the only US Ryder Cup members not yet qualified for the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Kapalua. … Patrick Reed returns to competition this week at the Shiners Children’s Open in Las Vegas, his first event since not being selected for the Ryder Cup team. … The European Tour will once again end its season with consecutive tournaments in Dubai. The AVIV Dubai championship from November 11 to 14 precedes the DP World Tour championship which concludes the Race to Dubai. A year ago, the second Dubai tournament was part of the tour’s plan to stay in the zones for two events under its strict bubble. This year’s Dubai Championship takes the place of the calendar vacated by the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa.


Tiger Woods won his first PGA Tour title 25 years ago in Las Vegas and won $ 297,000. This week in Las Vegas, fifth place brings in $ 287,000.


“No one becomes a drinking genius. – Shane Lowry on unruly fans at the Ryder Cup.

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