- Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka will square off in the fifth-ever iteration of “The Match,” a head-to-head 12-hole exhibition match between the two publicly-feuding golfers.
- “The Match: 5” is set to tee off at 4 p.m. EST at the Wynn Golf Club in Las Vegas – DeChambeau is a slim betting odds favorite (-125) over Koepka (-105).
LAS VEGAS – Fans of golf will have an intriguing event on the links this Friday as Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka square off in the fifth iteration of “The Match.” The Tee time is set for 4 p.m. EST at the Wynn Golf Club in Las Vegas.
The Match 5: DeChambeau Vs. Koepka Betting Odds
- Bryson DeChambeau -125
- Brooks Koepka -105
This matchup is quite different from the typical round of golf, as it will feature only Koepka and DeChambeau competing on just 12 holes. This will be the first version of “The Match” that features just two golfers since the first ever version of the event, which took place in 2018 between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.
The event, taking place in Las Vegas, will cater to the legal sports betting market, a strategy that has polarized the professional golf world.
DeChambeau and Koepka have been publicly feuding for an extended period of time, dating back to (at least) the PGA Championship. The feud went public when Koepka was caught on live camera rolling his eyes as DeChambeau walked past him in metal cleats (unusual footwear for a golfer).
The feud intensified over the summer, with DeChambeau reportedly having fans yelling “Brooksie” ejected from the crowd. For Koepka’s part, he has kept the smack-talk primarily confined to social media and press interviews.
Many have argued that the public rivalry has less to do with the golfers’ true feelings towards each other and more to do with the PGA’s new Player Impact Program. The program is a $40 million pool that is distributed to golfers based on a multi-faceted ranking system. One of the most important factors in the ranking is each golfer’s level of social media engagement, leading some to believe the relationship between Koepka and DeChambeau is more financially-driven than a clash of personalities.
While that may be true, the spat seems to have affected DeChambeau’s on-course performance heavily. Since his top-three finish at the Players Championship in March, DeChambeau has finished within the top 10 just twice.
Whether Koepka has successfully infiltrated DeChambeau’s psyche or if DeChambeau has just been in an unrelated downswing remains to be seen, but golf fans will get evidence either way on Friday.
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