The long-running feud between Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau has been the go-to story in the golf world for months.

The American team hopes that the two world champions can put their fight aside for three days from Friday at the Ryder Cup.

The leaked video was viewed more than ten million times before it was removed.

In the May clip, Koepka is halfway through an interview with

Golf Channel

after the second round of the PGA Championship when he is distracted by DeChambeau suddenly walking behind him.

Koepka closes his eyes for a few seconds and is visibly irritated.

"Jesus," the four-time major winner finally says to the interviewer.

"I don't know what to say anymore."

Then a few more curses.

The conflict between the two opposites could not have been portrayed more clearly than that.

Koepka, 31, has little to do with DeChambeau, three years his junior, who is a striking figure in the conservative golf world because he approaches the sport in an experimental way.

Last year, for example, he grew about 10 kilos of extra muscle power during the corona break, so that he can hit the ball (even) further and he regularly tries extreme material.

DeChambeau is also known for being a very slow player and that, according to Koepka, is the origin of the feud with his compatriot.

In early 2019, at a tournament in Dubai, Koepka openly spoke out against golfers who take more than a minute to hit a ball.

He didn't name names at the time, but DeChambeau felt addressed.

That became clear months later, when DeChambeau was criticized by more colleagues about his slow play at the Northern Trust Open in New Jersey.

"During that tournament, Bryson approached my caddy Ricky Elliott and said that if I had something to say to him, I should say it to his face," Koepka said in June of this year.

"I thought that was kind of weird, that he just said that to my caddy."

Brooks Koepka has been one of the best golfers in the world for years.

Brooks Koepka has been one of the best golfers in the world for years.

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DeChambeau and Koepka dined together for Ryder Cup

Since the feud in 2019, Koepka and DeChambeau have spared almost no moment to verbally defy and challenge each other, often via social media.

Media and fans alike enjoyed it, but in recent months more and more people in the golf world have wondered if the feud wasn't bad for the sport, especially with the prestigious Ryder Cup battle between the United States and Europe looming.

In any case, American Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker had had enough in June.

"The fight between Bryson and Brooks doesn't make my job any easier," he sighed.

"Hopefully they can act like adults for one week and put their disagreements aside for the US team."

According to DeChambeau, Stricker gets his way.

"Much of our feud is due to external factors, not necessarily the two of us," the 2020 US Open winner said Tuesday at Whistling Straits, the Wisconsin track where Friday's Ryder Cup battle will take place. takes place through Sunday.

"Brooks and I had dinner together on Monday and it was fine. It's not about me now, it's about the team."

European captain Padraig Harrington warned last week that the feud between Koepka and DeChambeau should not benefit his team.

"If the American captain can get Brooks and Bryson in line, that could spill over to their entire squad," the Irishman told

The Guardian

.

"So we shouldn't count ourselves rich."

The Americans want to retake the Ryder Cup at home from the European team, which was clearly the best three years ago in France.

The United States has won the famous trophy only twice this century, against seven victories for Europe.

Teams for Ryder Cup

  • Europe: Jon Rahm, Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton, Bernd Wiesberger, Rory McIlroy, Viktor Hovland, Paul Casey, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia, Shane Lowry, Ian Poulter

  • United States: Collin Morikawa, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka, Patrick Cantlay, Daniel Berger, Harris English, Tony Finau, Scottie Scheffler, Xander Schauffele, Jordan Spieth

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