Brooks Koepka has gotten a lot of attention over the last month since a viral eye roll during an interview at the PGA Championship.
And he is relishing his time in the spotlight, as he discussed on “SportsCenter” Tuesday evening.
“I definitely get a few more texts from some of the guys in the NFL, NBA, things like that,” Koepka said. “These guys love it. It’s drawn them into golf a little bit more and makes it more fun for everybody.”
Koepka’s viral moment was sparked by his rival, Bryson DeChambeau, who appeared to say something loudly to him as he walked by Koepka’s interview.
“I f—ing lost it,” Koepka said after DeChambeau passed by. “Sorry, I lost my train of thought hearing that bulls—.”
This was nothing new for DeChambeau and Koepka. They are embroiled in a long-term feud, and this was just the latest chapter. It doesn’t seem like Koepka is willing to end it any time soon either. In fact, he blamed DeChambeau for starting it in the first place.
“There’s not much to talk about,” Koepka said of his quibble. “Everything’s that’s gone on — this whole thing started basically because of him. So, I’ll leave it at that. We’ll see, but I don’t see us having dinner or drinks like Michelob Ultra just to settle it.”
As Koepka said earlier, the feud has brought extra attention to golf, so it has been a net positive for the sport. His fellow golfers have apparently gotten a kick out of the dispute as well.
“There’s been a few laughs,” Koepka said. “A few, ‘I can’t believe you did that, but I’m glad you did.’ It’s been fun. I’ve gotten good responses from a bunch of guys on tour. From everybody on the tour. It’s been something I think everyone’s enjoyed and definitely (it’s) changing up the game a bit.”
How long will this feud go on? Koepka wouldn’t say. But right now, he likes how things have been going, both with the feud and his performance compared to DeChambeau’s.
“I’ve enjoyed it,” Koepka said. “I’ve definitely gotten the better of him.”
Most recently, Koepka finished tied for fourth place at the 2021 U.S. Open with a mark of 2-under par. DeChambeau was tied for the lead halfway through the final day of play, but played 8-over par on the back nine to finish 3-over par and tie for 26th place.