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Earlier this week, Brandel Chamblee said he needed “more evidence” that Brooks Koepka is a “truly great player” and not just on a hot streak.

Cue a new course record 63 from Koepka on the brutally tough Black Course at Bethpage to take the first round lead at the US PGA Championship.

The 28-year-old – bidding to win a fourth major in his last eight starts – had seven birdies and no bogeys in what he described as “one of the best rounds I’ve played as a professional”. 

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A bloody nose for Chamblee, no stranger to a falling out with Koepka. To his credit, he took it on the chin.

“I’ve been flipped off a few times in my life – probably not as often as you’d think – but I felt like he was giving me the finger for 4 1/2 hours out there today,” said Chamblee on the Golf Channel on Thursday night.

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“I gotta tell you, I enjoyed it. Outside of his immediate family, I can’t think anybody who enjoyed that round more than I did.”


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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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