Golf Update: Brooks Koepka Blasts Bryson DeChambeau in ‘The Match’
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
Four-time major champion Brooks Koepka outclassed 2020 US Open winner Bryson DeChambeau 4 and 3. It took place in “The Match” on Friday at the Wynn Golf Club in Las Vegas, Nevada. Koepka trampled DeChambeau in the 12-hole matchplay exhibition for charity. He was scoring four birdies in the second, fifth, sixth and eighth holes to complete the rout. The outcome surprised online golf betting who expect DeChambeau to take advantage of Koepka’s inactivity as the latter experienced various injuries last season.
Hot Start to Victory
The 31-year-old Koepka went to work early. He holed out a birdie in the second hole to take a 1-up advantage. He doubled the lead with another birdie in the fifth. The Florida native resumed his assault in the sixth with another birdie and went 4-up in the eighth. DeChambeau conceded when he missed a birdie putt on the ninth hole, giving the win to Koepka.
This is the fifth edition of “The Match.” It began with Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson playing a winner-take-all matchplay. The previous renditions of the encounter featured basketball stars Steph Curry and Charles Barkley and National Football League legends Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. The Koepka-DeChambeau showdown was one of the most anticipated in the sport due to their supposed dislike for each other. It further escalated in May at the PGA Championship. This took place when Koepka was seen on video rolling his eyes after DeChambeau walked past him while talking.
UK Golfers Withdraw from Joburg Open Ahead of COVID-19 Variant Flight Ban
A slew of British and Irish golfers pulled out. This was just before the start of the second round of the Joburg Open on Friday. This was after the UK government ordered a ban on flights from South Africa. It is to minimize the spread of the new coronavirus variant that originated in the country.
According to DP World Tour spokesman Steve Todd, over a dozen parbusters decided to withdraw from the tournament. This is due to the new British government directive that it will suspend flights from South Africa and five other nations. The new order will force travelers to self-isolate for 10 days effective 1200 GMT Friday. From Sunday, the travelers will be directed to go into hotel quarantine. A UK official said that the government is concerned about the transmissibility of the new strain. As well as the effectiveness of the available vaccines against it.
The European Union on Friday also said that they are looking to halt air travel from the southern African states affected by the new variant as the bloc is trying to mitigate a recent spike in COVID-19 cases. Organizers said the event will be shortened to 54 holes and conclude on Saturday to give golfers and staff more time to organize travel back to their home countries. The Joburg Open was supposed to open a new era following the renaming of the European Tour for the purpose of expansion to a global event.
Martin Kaymer to Take a Break Following Birth of First Child
German golfer Martin Kaymer has announced that he will take a break from golf following the birth of his first child with partner Irene Scholz. Kaymer, who won two majors in his career, made the revelation in an interview with a golf magazine. He said that the child will be born in Germany in January and he wants to stay in Florida after the baby is born. He plans to return to the US in March just as the PGA tournaments resume. Kaymer is currently ranked 118th in the world and was 49th in the European Tour’s Race to Dubai last season. Kaymer’s decision to migrate to the US beginning in March will give him more chances of winning and possibly restore his fading career. This will be beneficial for online PGA betting enthusiasts who normally bet on former major winners in various PGA tournaments.