DeChambeau endured variety of taunts, yells and jabs from gallery members at Muirfield Village Golf Membership, main safety personnel to eject roughly 10 spectators.
The reigning U.S. Open champion was hit with quite a few cries of “Go Brooks,” or “Brooksie” all through the lengthy day that noticed him play 33 holes because of the suspended first spherical, a lot of the feedback stemming from an interview of Koepka on the PGA Championship that was leaked final month.
“Oh, they weren’t taunts in any respect, it was flattering,” DeChambeau stated after taking pictures even-par 72 within the second spherical. “I feel it is completely flattering what they’re doing. They will preserve calling me that every one day in the event that they need to, I’ve acquired no concern with it. If you take a look at it, to most individuals it is they assume it is a distraction, however I grew up studying how one can take care of that stuff and I actually thought it was flattering.”
DeChambeau stated he didn’t ask for anybody to be eliminated, that “the officers care for that. I do not actually care.”
He additionally stated the one time such chatter bothers him is that if it happens throughout his backswing.
The video of Koepka’s aborted interview following the second spherical of the PGA Championship two weeks in the past at Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina went viral the next Monday. It confirmed Koepka getting distracted as DeChambeau walked behind him, speaking to his agent. Koepka rolled his eyes, dropped an expletive, and the interview was stopped.
The clip by no means aired however acquired out, resulting in a number of days of dialogue about it. Their feud goes again roughly two years, when Koepka known as out DeChambeau for gradual play. There have been a few different points within the interim.
“Look, I’ve acquired nothing towards him,” DeChambeau stated of Koepka, who is just not enjoying this week however is scheduled to play subsequent week’s Palmetto Championship (DeChambeau is just not enjoying that occasion). “I’ve acquired no points in any respect. If he desires to play that recreation, that is nice. I will preserve attempting to play my finest recreation and when it comes all the way down to it, when someone’s that bothered by another person it’s flattering.
“He is had stuff with different individuals, too. Like Rory [McIlroy] and quite a few others. In order that is not a one-off factor. It is simply the way in which he offers with stuff and I am completely nice with it.”
McIlroy stated he texted Koepka “when all of it got here out and I stated, ‘I do not care what occurs to me for the remainder of the week, this has made my week, that is like the most effective factor ever. Prefer it’s nice, I feel it is good for guys to point out character.”’
The problems on the course on Friday made their method to social media. In a single occasion, a Twitter poster recommended facetiously that it’s individuals’s proper to taunt as they please. Koepka retweeted it.
Koepka later tweeted a video wherein he referred to what occurred on the Memorial.
“What’s up guys, it is Brooksie,” he stated in a part of the video. “Simply wished to say, ‘Hey, thanks guys for the assist.’ I heard a bunch of you have been shouting my title on the golf match right this moment. I do know I am not enjoying, however thanks for displaying assist.”
“I hear plenty of stuff,” Spieth stated. “I’ve had individuals inform me I suck to my face for a very long time, so that you simply sort of zone the whole lot out. However definitely, any unhealthy gap, somebody was yelling it after which any good gap individuals have been yelling, ‘Go, Bryson’ nearly louder. It was like a pseudo rivalry and he is [Koepka] not even right here.
“He talked about it to me at one level and I stated, ‘All anybody desires is a response and also you give it to them, then it will worsen.’ So it did not appear to trouble him. So far as pairings go, if you happen to’re paired with Patrick [Reed], you hear a number of the worst stuff from the gang.
“The entire thing was attention-grabbing final week for positive.”