'Love my driver': Koepka takes yet another jab at DeChambeau

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And the beat goes on. 

One day after Bryson DeChambeau talked himself right into a mess of trouble, criticizing his driver and earning a scolding from his sponsor, DeChambeau's perpetual rival Brooks Koepka has had his say.

Speaking after his second round, one in which he poured in eight birdies, Koepka offered up a deadpan "Drove the ball great. Love my driver," then paused for just an instant to let the world catch up to what he was saying. 

DeChambeau, of course, was still reeling from a day in which he proclaimed his driver "sucks," only to receive a stern, disgusted pushback from Cobra. 

“It’s just really, really painful when he says something that stupid," said Ben Schomin, Cobra's tour operations manager and temporary caddie for DeChambeau two weeks ago, later adding, "He knows how much everyone bends over backwards for him, but it’s still not cool."

Koepka, who's spent most of the last three years needling DeChambeau in one way or another, jumped at the chance to twist the knife. After his TV appearance, he posted an Instagram photo of himself on the tee with the caption "Driving into the weekend!"

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By now, the Koepka-DeChambeau spat is as much pro wrestling gimmickry as it is a legitimate beef, probably more so. There's only so much two golfers can do to perpetuate a fight; they're not actually going to come to blows on a green somewhere. 

The UK media, always looking to capitalize on scandal, has taken particular delight in the Bryson-Brooks feud, particularly with the Ryder Cup fast approaching. Asked earlier this week about whether their ongoing squabble will affect the U.S. team play, Koepka didn't hesitate. 

"You realize it's only a week, right?" Koepka said. "I can put it aside for business. If we're going to be on the same team, I can deal with anybody in the world for a week."

At the moment, Koepka also leads where it matters most, on the leaderboard. His round of 66 left him at -5, six strokes behind leader Louis Oosthuizen and six strokes ahead of DeChambeau. It seems unlikely that they'll end up paired on Sunday, but you never know. Either way, this isn't even close to over. 

US golfer Brooks Koepka watches his tee shot from the 7th during his second round on day 2 of The 149th British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George's, Sandwich in south-east England on July 16, 2021. - RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)
US golfer Brooks Koepka watches his tee shot from the 7th during his second round on day 2 of The 149th British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George's, Sandwich in south-east England on July 16, 2021. - RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

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Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Follow him on Twitter at @jaybusbee or contact him at jay.busbee@yahoo.com.

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