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It’s nice when fans get what they want, AEW Wrestling keeps reminding us. As does The Match golf series.
Golf.com announced Tuesday that Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka will face off at The Match V as “golf’s equivalent of a prizefight: a 12-hole match in Las Vegas.”
Turner Sports will again present the event, this year on the after Thanksgiving, Nov. 26, at The Wynn Golf Club.
DeChambeau vs. Koepka is the first one-on-one matchup since the original edition, which featured Tiger Woods against Phil Mickelson in 2018.
The battle is already a branding machine. As promoted by Golf.com:
The showdown will attempt to settle a lengthy feud between DeChambeau and Koepka that dates back to January 2019, when Koepka took a shot at DeChambeau’s pace of play. “I just don’t understand how it takes a minute and 20 seconds, or a minute and 15 to hit a golf ball — it’s not that hard,” he said. Things escalated with a confrontation at the Northern Trust, the first event of 2019 FedEx Cup Playoffs, when the two spoke on the putting green, but they ultimately agreed to bury the hatchet.
But the peace agreement didn’t last forever; DeChambeau took a shot at Koepka’s physique in the ESPN Body Issue, Koepka fired back with a photo of his trophies, and so on.
Things re-escalated this spring when a video leaked from the PGA Championship showing an outtake from a Koepka interview with Todd Lewis. In the video, DeChambeau and his caddie walk by chatting mid-interview and Koepka does little to hide his annoyance, rolling his eyes, unleashing a few choice words and ultimately unleashing the rivalry’s next chapter.
And for the other big news: I’m picking Brooks Koepka.