While Bryson DeChambeau’s impressive body transformation and distance gains have been the talk of the Tour in the restart, it’s not something that Brooks Koepka is overly concerned about.
The tension between Koepka and DeChambeau has been on full display for a few years now, and it would appear as if DeChambeau’s moment in the sun is not something that Koepka is very keen on given the four-time major champion’s actions and words on the matter in recent week.
It started with Koepka’s not-so-cryptic dig at DeChambeau’s bulking up with a single tweet that hinted at steroid allegations two weeks ago, and was brought even more to the forefront with his pre-tournament interview this week at the 3M Open in Minnesota.
— Brooks Koepka (@BKoepka) July 7, 2020
Not one to hold back in interviews during his ascension to the top of the world rankings, Koepka gave relatively verbose responses to the first handful of questions during his press availability on Tuesday, but as soon as DeChambeau’s name came up, Koepka’s steely guard came up.
“With what Bryson has done this year and even like last week with Tony Finau letting it out a little bit, are even the longest hitters like you going to have to adapt and try to kind of keep up in this arms race of hitting the ball long?” he was asked.
“I don’t need to keep up with anybody,” Koepka responded. “I’m good.”
Q. With what Bryson has done this year and even like
last week with Tony Finau, are even the longest hitters like you going to have to adapt and try to kind of keep up in this arms race of hitting the ball long?
BROOKS KOEPKA: I don't need to keep up with anybody, I'm good.
— Ron Mintz (@MintzGolf) July 22, 2020
DeChambeau isn’t in the field this week at the 3M, but the pair will likely be facing off once again in the next two weeks at either the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational or at the PGA Championship, both tournaments Koepka has won in recent years.