The Chicago Cubs are coming off a 108-year-old curse (kind of hard to believe, isn’t it?) and have been the best team in the NL for 2 years running. In 2016, the Cubs started strong, winning the wildcard spot in April, and then went on to win the pennant on the back of Jake Arrieta and Kyle Schwarber. The Cubs have made it this far thanks to the combination of their offense and pitching staff, and have won the NL Central for the first time since 1945.
After the Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays played a thrilling game on Saturday, there was no shortage of second-guessing and finger-pointing. One thing that became clear was that this series had been a psychological battle.
The rivalry between Brooks Koepka and Bryson Deschambault has engulfed the PGA Tour in recent weeks, with golf fans more interested in which scorer will perform better in the tournament than in praising the actual winner. To some, this feud may seem distracting, but it gives meaning to a sport that desperately needs new fans now that Tiger Woods is out of town for the foreseeable future.
If you’re not a fan of beef, too bad. Kepka has no intention of stopping any time soon. This week he threw oil on the fire with scathing comments about his main rival.
Brooks Koepka strikes out at 13. Green out during the final round of the 2021 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course | Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images
After last month’s PGA Championship, Koepka and Deschambault have been in the news on the PGA Tour. It all started with a viral video of Koepka taunting Deschambault during an interview when the furthest shot on the golf course landed behind him. Koepka seemed visibly irritated by the presence of the mad scientist alone, and so a bitter rivalry was born.
Shortly after the video exploded online, the two golfers clashed on Twitter. The two major champions exchanged pleasantries and led to rumors of a possible explosive duo at the US Open in Torrey Pines last weekend, but the USGA ultimately waived them.
Both Koepka and DeChambeau have been asked ad nauseam about the feud in various interviews and media appearances, and it seems golf’s biggest controversy is only getting worse.
Ahead of next weekend’s Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands, Koepka was a guest of Matt Barry on ESPN’s SportsCenter to talk about his strong finish at the US Open, playing alongside his brother this weekend and, of course, the ever-evolving Deschambault saga.
The four-time major winner used the opportunity to deliver another blow to his opponent.
I’ve definitely gotten some more messages from some guys in the NFL, NBA, etc. Those guys love it. It lets them play a little bit more golf, and it’s more fun for everybody, so look, I enjoyed it, I definitely got more, and I enjoyed it.
He’s not wrong about that.
After finishing ahead of Deschambault at the U.S. Open last weekend, Koepka has finished better than one in 15 of the 17 major tournaments the two have participated in. He has four majors to his name, while Deschambault has only one. That’s domination.