Brooks Koepka Wins Capital One's 'The Match 5' vs. Bryson DeChambeau

Mike Chiari@@mikechiariFeatured Columnist IVNovember 26, 2021

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - NOVEMBER 26: Bryson DeChambeau (L) and Brooks Koepka pose for photos during Capital One's The Match V: Bryson v Brooks at Wynn Golf Course on November 26, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
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Brooks Koepka earned bragging rights in golf's biggest rivalry Friday, as he crushed Bryson DeChambeau 4 and 3 in Capital One's The Match at Wynn Golf Club in Las Vegas.

Koepka only needed nine holes to score the victory in the 12-hole event as DeChambeau failed to win a hole.

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Brooks Koepka wins <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CapitalOnesTheMatch?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#CapitalOnesTheMatch</a> after Bryson DeChambeau missed this putt πŸŒοΈβ€β™‚οΈ <a href="https://t.co/42M1caVLhD">pic.twitter.com/42M1caVLhD</a>

The fifth iteration of Capital One's The Match pitted two of golf's top stars against each other, and they have not been shy about expressing their dislike for one another over the past couple of years.

Despite that, Friday's match was largely cordial, although DeChambeau did attempt to get under Koepka's skin in the early going.

Prior to the opening tee shots, the 28-year-old from California offered spectators some cupcakes with Koepka's face emblazoned on them:

Joe Fann @Joe_Fann

Here’s a pic of the cupcakes Bryson handed out to fans prior to his first tee shot πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TheMatch?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TheMatch</a> <a href="https://t.co/uRXdN7dhlO">pic.twitter.com/uRXdN7dhlO</a>

The gag was a nod to the 2015 Phoenix Open when Koepka was accidentally introduced as "Brooks Cupcake" by the public address announcer.

Both DeChambeau and Koepka sprayed their tee shots right on the first hole and ended up halving it, but the first blow was struck on No. 2 in favor of Koepka.

The two-time U.S. Open and two-time PGA Championship winner had a nice approach shot and sank a birdie putt to win the hole:

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Brooks with the approach on 2 🎯<br><br>He takes a one-hole lead at The Match<br><br>(<a href="https://twitter.com/ATT?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ATT</a>) <a href="https://t.co/OYvsbwzBme">pic.twitter.com/OYvsbwzBme</a>

After two halves in a row, Koepka extended his lead on the fifth hole to 2-up when DeChambeau, the 2020 U.S. Open champion, missed a makeable putt to halve the hole from around six feet out.

Koepka continued his dominance on No. 6, connecting on a birdie putt after a DeChambeau miss to make it 3-up through six:

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Brooks is pouring it on Bryson πŸ‘€<br><br>He's up 3 with 6 holes to play<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CapitalOnesTheMatch?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#CapitalOnesTheMatch</a> <a href="https://t.co/8408GpnIrh">pic.twitter.com/8408GpnIrh</a>

When asked by announcers Brian Anderson, Phil Mickelson and Charles Barkley to explain his hot streak, Koepka pulled out his best Michael Jordan shrug:

DraftKings Sportsbook @DKSportsbook

Koepka is up 3 thru 6 πŸ”₯ <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TheMatch?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TheMatch</a> <a href="https://t.co/VEUeyCZK5s">pic.twitter.com/VEUeyCZK5s</a>

Recently signed Tennessee Titans wide receiver Golden Tate chimed in amid Koepka's excellent play:

Golden Tate @ShowtimeTate

Brookes trying to bury this man.

Following a halve on No. 7, Koepka pushed DeChambeau to the brink of defeat on the eighth as Bryson saw his birdie attempt edge out while Koepka nailed his.

After his miss, DeChambeau was frustrated and commented on the announcers' talking into his earpiece during the putt.

Meanwhile, Koepka proved he was motivated by Mickelson's pick of DeChambeau to win, as he asked Lefty how his prediction was looking with the score 4-up with four to play.

FS1's Skip Bayless gave his take on the dynamic between Koepka and DeChambeau with Koepka in firm control:

Skip Bayless @RealSkipBayless

Brooks Koepka is yucking it up with DeChambeau, "bro" this and that, acting like no hard feelings, it's all good. Meanwhile he's TRYING TO RIP HIS HEART OUT IN THIS MATCH. Up 4 w 4 left. DeCh is making excuses. Koepka is loving this humiliation/annihilation.

Koepka hit an excellent tee shot on No. 9, which led to an entertaining back-and-forth between Koepka and DeChambeau regarding Brooks' play on the PGA Tour:

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

"Where was this in the PGA Tour, man?"<br><br>Bryson is comedy πŸ˜‚<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CapitalOnesTheMatch?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#CapitalOnesTheMatch</a> <a href="https://t.co/GJ8UeOkeZG">pic.twitter.com/GJ8UeOkeZG</a>

When DeChambeau missed his birdie putt on that hole, he conceded Koepka's putt, concluding the competitive portion of the event.

While Koepka has the advantage over DeChambeau in major titles at 4-1, they are typically more evenly matched on the PGA Tour than they were Friday.

Given some of the quips between them and Bryson's likely desire to have turned in a better performance, there is enough meat left on the bone for a rematch between DeChambeau and Koepka in a future edition of the event.