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Brooks Koepka beats Bryson DeChambeau at Capital One's The Match

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    Written by Staff @PGATOUR

    Bryson vs. Brooks: Highlights from Capital One’s The Match

    Brooks Koepka didn’t win a major Friday, but he did win bragging rights. Koepka made quick work of Bryson DeChambeau in their much-anticipated, mano-a-mano showdown from the Wynn Golf Club in Las Vegas.

    The Match was scheduled to go 12 holes, but Koepka needed just nine in his win. Koepka birdied half of the first eight holes, DeChambeau didn’t win one and he conceded the match on the ninth hole.

    What’s next for this rivalry? It’s hard to say after Koepka was crowned king in Vegas.

    "It was fun to come out here and settle this," Koepka said.


    Hole No. 1Par-4

    DeChambeau drove into a bush right of the fairway but got free relief because of a sprinkler system near his ball. “That’s another page out of my book,” said Phil Mickelson, who’s a commentator for today’s competition.

    DeChambeau hit his approach off the pine straw into a bunker but got up-and-down to match Koepka’s two-putt par.

    Match status: All square

    Hole No. 2515 yards, par 4

    Match status: Koepka, 1 up

    Hole No. 3209 yards, par 3

    DeChambeau responded by knocking his tee shot close, his ball coming to rest just a few feet from the water guarding the left side of the green. Winning this hole’s closest-to-the-hole competition was worth a $50,000 donation to the charity of DeChambeau’s choice.

    DeChambeau misread the birdie chance, however, and he missed a bit low. We may have had out our first bit of controversy after Koepka sank a 3-footer to halve the hole, as he complained that the par putt hadn’t been conceded.

    Match status: Koepka, 1 up

    Hole No. 4494 yards, par 4

    DeChambeau putted from behind the green, and the two players halved the hole in pars.

    Match status: Koepka, 1 up

    Koepka rolled his eyes when DeChambeau said a far-off cameraman was in range off the tee. Then DeChambeau’s tee shot almost took him out on the fly. Mickelson called the big blast “so attractive.”

    Koepka, who nearly drove into the water, hit his second shot into the heart of the green, while DeChambeau was once again unable to take advantage of being in a better position off the tee. His second shot hit a tree and fell short of the green. DeChambeau failed to get up-and-down and Koepka two-putted for his second birdie of the day to go 2 up.

    Match status: Koepka, 2 up

    Brooks went straight at it on this short par-3. Bryson used a slope past the hole, but sucked it too far back. Increased clubhead speed means more spin, DeChambeau moaned after watching his ball roll past the hole.

    By winning closest to the pin, Koepka had 500,000 meals donated to Feeding America on his behalf.

    DeChambeau misread another putt, opening the door for Koepka to take a 3-up lead at the match’s halfway point. Koepka’s 11-foot birdie putt went straight in the heart. His third birdie of the day meant a 3-up lead.

    “It’s the only sport they let you drink while playing it and there’s a reason why,” Barkley said. DeChambeau may need a cold glass of chocolate milk after losing half of the first six holes.

    Match status: Koepka, 3 up

    The hole was halved with a generous gesture from Koepka, who gave DeChambeau a tricky par putt to halve the hole.

    Bryson had an opportunity to win his first hole of the day but blasted his 9-foot birdie putt through the break. Before the missed opportunity, DeChambeau seemed to be turning things around after a pep talk from Phil, with whom he bonded at the Ryder Cup.

    “Get your brain in theta,” Mickelson told DeChambeau before he hit his tee shot. What was he referring to? Brain waves, of course. DeChambeau described it as “that sweet spot between sympathetic and parasympathetic.” In layman’s terms, DeChambeau said he was trying to enter a flow state.

    Among the other hot takes – unrelated to anything happening on the course – Barkley declared that yoga is just stretching with a fancy name “so they can charge you more.”

    Match status: Koepka, 3 up

    Koepka started the hole by telling a tale about how his caddie almost lost the U.S. Open trophy in Las Vegas. Then he all but locked this thing up.

    “You lost me at U.S. Open trophy,” joked Mickelson, who’s won every major but his national championship. Koepka trusts Ricky Elliott with his clubs, but Koepka’s longtime caddie left one of golf’s greatest prizes outside his hotel room overnight, forgetting to bring the trophy inside after he put it down to pull out his room key.

    A 4-foot birdie putt gave Koepka a 4-up lead with four holes remaining. And the best trash talking has taken place not between the two contestants but Koepka and Mickelson.

    Koepka gave Mickelson grief about his pre-match prediction of a DeChambeau win, to which Mickelson replied, “Let me tell you about the PGA Championship.” Mickelson beat Koepka at Kiawah Island this year en route to becoming the oldest winner in major championship history.

    Match status: Koepka, 4 up

    Hole No. 9172 yards, par 3

    And it ended right after DeChambeau’s best attempt at trash talk. Unfortunately, it was too little too late.

    “Where is this on the PGA TOUR?” DeChambeau asked after Koepka hit his tee shot. Koepka, of course, has missed his last two cuts and finished no better than T38 in four starts this season. He is known for summoning his best at the biggest moments, and a match against his rival fit that mold.

    “It’s kind of like my major right now,” Koepka said of The Match. “I’m not going to lie. I just wanted to spank him.”

    He did. DeChambeau didn’t win a hole against Koepka.

    Match status: Koepka wins