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Brooks Koepka has played down reports of bad blood between he and Bryson DeChambeau after the two discussed slow play and their respective positions on it ahead of yesterday’s Northern Trust final round.

DeChambeau, singled out for criticism when videos of him taking over the allotted time to play during the second round at Liberty National went viral, sought out Koepka’s caddie on the range prior to teeing off.

He reportedly told Ricky Elliott to tell Brooks to address his problems with DeChambeau’s speed to his face and not to the media.

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Koepka and his Ryder Cup teammate were then seen talking on the range before heading onto the course.

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“It was actually fantastic. I appreciate what Brooks did. I have high respect for him,” said the five-time PGA Tour winner. “I have heard him talk about slow play before and he has mentioned my name before, and I just wanted to clear the air. Make sure that nothing was of any importance after, and he’s got respect for me; I have respect for him. So no issues.”

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He added: “I’m not about to let my reputation be known as a slow player. I just don’t appreciate that. I think it’s unfortunate because people don’t see what I do day-in and day-out, high-fiving the kids, saying thank you to the fans and volunteers out there, and they just look at all the negative stuff.

“It’s time for people in the world, in general, to start looking at the positive things people are doing in life.”


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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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