Brooks Koepka rolls over Bryson DeChambeau in dominant showing at The Match

Brooks Koepka warms up on the driving range during Capital One's The Match
Brooks Koepka cruised past Bryson DeChambeau in The Match on Friday. (David Becker/Getty Images for The Match)

The latest version of The Match didn’t take very long on Friday afternoon.

In a shortened 12-hole version, Brooks Koepka rolled over Bryson DeChambeau in Las Vegas. He needed only nine holes to take the 4&3 win, sending DeChambeau home early and taking the latest advantage in their feud.

Bryson DeChambeau's cupcakes backfire

DeChambeau got the trash-talking started right away at the Wynn Golf Club with special cupcakes at the first tee, which was fitting considering the beef they’ve had over the past year or so.

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Koepka’s face from when he and DeChambeau had their run-in on the Golf Channel earlier this year was plastered all over the desserts.

Though DeChambeau got the first laugh, it didn’t last long.

Koepka got the jump with a dart on the second hole to go 1UP, and then made eagle on the fifth with an incredible approach shot from near the creek.

Koepka didn’t slow down at the midway point. He drained his birdie putt at the par-3 sixth with ease to take a three-shot lead.


“Any questions?” he asked after the putt fell.

Koepka got another birdie at the eighth hole, and by then the match was essentially over. Koepka didn’t give DeChambeau an inch, and took the match with three holes to go.

Charles Barkley loves to cheat on the golf course

Though The Match itself ended early, there were still plenty of other great moments to come out of the competition.


Perhaps the most important bit of information — at least for those who play regularly with him — is how Charles Barkley isn't afraid to bend the rules on the course.

“I have no problem cheating, I’m not going to lie,” Barkley said. “We be playing for good money and bragging rights, so it’s important to win the match.”

Barkley was also upset about Nebraska blowing its lead against Iowa — something he must’ve lost money on.

“Damn, Nebraska. You were up when I left the hotel,” Barkley said. “What happened?”


As for fellow announcer Phil Mickelson’s prediction, well, Koepka wasn’t going to let him live that down.

A Koepka-Mickelson battle next time would be entertaining.