Bryson DeChambeau ‘videobombs’ rival Brooks Koepka at US Open

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<span>Photograph: Jacob Kupferman/AP</span>
Photograph: Jacob Kupferman/AP

Bryson DeChambeau popped up during a Brooks Koepka interview once again on Thursday, although this time his appearance did not prompt an x-rated response.

The two golfers have been involved in a running feud which has either tarnished or boosted the sport, depending on your point of view. The matter escalated at last month’s US PGA Championship when Koepka complained about DeChambeau’s “bullshit” after his rival walked behind him during a television interview. The pair have since traded barbs on social media but, to the disappointment of many fans, were kept apart when the groups were decided for the opening rounds of this week’s US Open.

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On Thursday, Koepka was being interviewed after his opening round when DeChambeau walked past to tee off at the first hole. DeChambeau noticed the interview and “videobombed” the two-time US Open champion, jumping and waving behind Koepka.

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DeChambeau, who earlier this week admitted he and Koepka “just don’t like each other”, said of Thursday’s incident that he was trying to inject some levity into proceedings.

“Heck, yeah, absolutely,” DeChambeau said. “Again, it’s one of those things people are thinking I was doing something, I wasn’t doing anything at the PGA Championship. I saw an opportunity and I just had fun with it.”

Both men have won the US Open. Koepka claimed the title in 2017 and 2018, while DeChambeau is the reigning champion after winning his first major at Winged Foot last year. Koepka had the better day on Thursday, finishing his round two shots off the lead at two-under par. DeChambeau needed a birdie on the 18th to finish his opening round at two-over par.