30 Nov 2021 | 07:16
An intense rivalry has been building over the past year between Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka, two of the most notable stars on the PGA Tour. The rift now is set to come to a head throughout 12 holes in Las Vegas on Friday. Two golfers with a combined 16 PGA Tour wins and five major championships will tee it up in The Match 5 at the Wynn Golf Course in Las Vegas to settle the score for our Thanksgiving weekend entertainment.
The angst between Koepka and DeChambeau somehow seems both real and staged. It began long before 2021 dawned, but the now-famous video of Koepka rolling his eyes in a deleted Golf Channel interview that was later leaked took it to a new level. There’s a sense that they truly don’t get along, but that coincides with the fact that they have both seemingly been playing up the rivalry in interviews and on social media for the sake of this showdown.
Every previous iteration of The Match has either been a four-man game or a showdown between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. This will be the first one to step outside of those frameworks as well as the normal 18-hole festivities we usually see. While I don’t really know that 12 holes at a resort course in Vegas in late November settles any kind of score between two of the top 20 players in the world, it should still be entertaining to watch them go at it for a few hours after Thanksgiving and before the college and pro football slates heat up over the weekend.
Let’s take a closer look at The Match 5 and what to expect on Friday afternoon.
The Match 5 will be broadcast on TNT, TBS, truTV and HLN starting at 4 p.m. ET on on Friday, and you can expect what we’ve seen during all the previous versions of this event — players and their caddies wearing microphones everywhere with Brian Anderson playing host and Amanda Balionis as the on-course reporter. Phil Mickelson and Charles Barkley will provide the spice as both will be commentators at the event, and will almost certainly be more entertaining than whatever is said between Koepka and DeChambeau.
Rick Gehman, Kyle Porter and Greg DuCharme discuss Bryson vs Brooks and the PGA Tour’s reported purse increases on the latest episode. Follow & listen to The First Cut on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.