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Bryson DeChambeau vs. Brooks Koepka: How an internet meme helped fuel sport’s biggest rivalry

The raucous nature of the crowds has only sought to add to the tension and rivalries players have developed, making it must-watch sport. Photos: Golf’s greatest rivalries Koepka vs. DeChambeau – The rivalry between US golfers Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka kicked off in 2019, and through internet memes and viral clips, has blossomed into one of the sport’s most compelling storylines. Photos: Golf’s greatest rivalries Phil Mickelson vs. Tiger Woods – When Tiger Woods burst onto the scene in 1996, Phil Mickelson had already appeared at the Ryder Cup twice. Between them, they have won 127 tour events including 21 majors, and have battled each other on countless occasions during the final round of competitions. Unfortunately for Mickelson, there is no other player who has spent as many weeks at world No. 2 without reaching the top spot as him. Photos: Golf’s greatest rivalries Jack Nicklaus vs. Arnold Palmer vs. Gary Player – They were golf’s band of brothers . "The Golden Bear," "The King" and "The Black Knight" shared 34 major wins between them and irrevocably changed the sport they played. Between the late 1950s and the early 1980s, the trio of Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player came to redefine golf, all the while forming lasting friendships. Photos: Golf’s greatest rivalries Photos: Golf’s greatest rivalries Photos: Golf’s greatest rivalries Photos: Golf’s greatest rivalries Photos: Golf’s greatest rivalries Photos: Golf’s greatest rivalries Photos: Golf’s greatest rivalries ‘Horrible things’ – One instance where the crowd was teetering on going from boisterous to distasteful was in 2016 at Hazeltine for Spanish pair Sergio Garcia and Rafa Cabrera-Bello. Garcia’s then girlfriend Angela — now wife — politely asked hecklers to stop yelling "horrible things" to the away team and their spouses. Photos: Golf’s greatest rivalries (CNN)There were lighthearted jibes about physiques, then a facial expression became a viral internet meme.

Now it’s one of sport’s biggest rivalries and after months of expectation, Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka will take to the course and go head-to-head in golf’s fifth edition of "The Match" on November 26, the day after Thanksgiving.

DeChambeau and Koepka will compete over 12 holes at Wynn Golf Course, Las Vegas, with proceeds from the event going towards charity. DeChambeau and Koepka attend the opening ceremony of the 43rd Ryder Cup. It’s a rivalry that’s brewed for over two years, and it all began with a dispute over slow play, and Koepka’s criticism of DeChambeau’s meticulous approach.

Koepka’s naked spread in ESPN’s Body Issue in 2019 also proved a moment of friction between the two American golfers.

Yet to win a major at that point, DeChambeau made a comment about Koepka’s physique, saying on a Fortnite Twitch stream: "In the Body Issue, he didn’t have any abs. I got some abs."

Koepka replied with a picture of his four major trophies — two from the US Open and two from the PGA Championship — with the caption: "You were right @b_dechambeau I am 2 short of a 6 pack!"

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