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Couch: DeChambeau-Koepka Rivalry Is A Bonus This US Open Week

We should have known when the Golf Channel interview with Brooks Koepka was leaked. Leaked, as if this were a highly sensitive issue that someone didn’t want out. Koepka lost concentration during an interview because his rival Bryson DeChambeau walked behind him in the picture and snickered or sneered or burped or something. And the story of golf in the weeks since then has been the great, heated rivalry between two stars. It’s great for golf! It’s what golf needs! The other focus of golf, Phil Mickelson winning the PGA Championship, doesn’t have legs. He turns 51 today, after all. That’s more than seven in dog years. So enjoy the Koepka-DeChambeau show, but just know that you’re being played. My guess is that most people know that already, but don’t really care. It’s fun watching a fight with the tough-guy modern weapon of choice: the tweet. Koepka and DeChambeau are getting so much from that leak. The Golf Channel, too. And golf itself.  The U.S. Open starts Thursday, and Koepka and DeChambeau are the favorites. There were reports — and denials — that tournament organizers asked Koepka and DeChambeau to play together, but both said no. Where did that story […]

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Written by Greg Couch

Greg earned the 2007 Peter Lisagor Award as the best sports columnist in the Chicagoland area for his work with the Chicago Sun-Times, where he started as a college football writer in 1997 before becoming a general columnist in 2003. He also won a Lisagor in 2016 for his commentary in RollingStone.com and The Guardian.

Couch penned articles and columns for CNN.com/Bleacher Report, AOL Fanhouse, and The Sporting News and contributed as a writer and on-air analyst for FoxSports.com and Fox Sports 1 TV. In his journalistic roles, Couch has covered the grandest stages of tennis from Wimbledon to the Olympics, among numerous national and international sporting spectacles. He also won first place awards from the U.S. Tennis Writers Association for his event coverage and column writing on the sport in 2010.