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Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau have never exactly been bosom buddies. 

So, it should surprise nobody that it was the four-time major champion who was the first to poke fun at his fellow American over ‘Ant-Gate’. 

We’ll get to the joke in a moment. First, though, a quick recap.

During yesterday’s opening round of the WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational, DeChambeau asked for relief after hitting his tee shot into the left rough on the par-4 seventh. 

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His justification for wanting the free drop was that he believed he had seen a fire ant emerging from a hole in the ground close to where his ball was resting up against several twigs. 

His protests fell on deaf ears, however, and he ended up carding a double-bogey.

Which brings us to today.

After driving into the exact same position, Koepka decided to have a bit of fun at his arch-rival’s expense. 

Watch and listen…

Well played, Brooks. Well played.

Just last week, Koepka was dismissive of DeChambeau’s big-hitting exploits and, in an interview with Golfweek this week, he described the pair’s relationship – or lack thereof.

“We’re two totally different people,” said Koepka. “He wouldn’t be anyone I would hang out with outside of golf, and I think he would say the same thing. Which is totally cool. There’s nothing wrong with that. Just two completely different personalities. I’ve got no issue with him. He’s just never going to be my best friend, we’ll put it that way.”


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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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