The Match: Koepka/DeChambeau Preview

This Black Friday brings us a golf special with Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau facing off in the fifth edition of The Match. The matchup features one of golf’s most heated rivalries over the last year, one playing the role of a nerd, the other a bully.

 

The feud between these two stars has been mostly on social media and appears to have lost a bit of its luster after the two seemed to make amends as teammates on the Ryder Cup.

 

Friday’s battle will begin at 4 p.m. EST on TNT, as well as TBS and TruTV, at the Wynn Golf Club in Las Vegas, NV. The course opened in 2005 and was designed by a famed golf course architect Tom Fazio.

 

The two players will play a maximum of 12 holes in a match play format. The matchup will be the first since the original to be a one-on-one event. All money won will go to a charity of choice, with certain holes offering other ways for the two to cash in.

 

The Match History

 

The first match was played at Shadow Creek, also in Las Vegas, between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson in 2018. Mickelson bested Woods after a lengthy playoff battle, winning a cool $9 million dollars.

 

The sequel came in 2020 when Peyton Manning and Woods paired up to take on Mickelson and Tom Brady at Medalist in Hobe Sound, FL. Manning and Woods defeated the pairing of Mickelson and Brady by one stroke.

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Mickelson again returned for the third version, this time teaming up with Charles Barkley to defeat Peyton and Steph Curry at Stone Canyon Golf Club in Oro Valley, AZ, in November of 2020.

 

The most recent match was back this summer in July when Aaron Rodgers and DeChambeau beat Brady and Mickelson at The Reserve Golf Course at Moonlight Basin in Big Sky, MT.

 

Wynn Golf Club

 

The Wynn Golf Club stretched 6,722 yards and plays as a par-70. The course features stunning elevation changes and over 8,000 trees on the property. Some of the trees are over 70 years old and over 60 feet tall.

 

The course has three lakes and streams throughout, and players will face water on 12 of the 18 holes. The property sits on what used to be the Desert Inn Golf Club that opened in 1952 and was demolished by casino owner Steve Wynn in 2000.

 

Betting Odds

 

BetMGM has DeChambeau (-125) favored slightly over Koepka (+100) in the fifth edition of the event. This will be the first time golf fans will get to see DeChambeau tee it up since the Ryder Cup. DeChambeau didn’t play in any of the PGA’s wrap-around events this fall.

 

Koepka played in four events this fall, continuing to try and regain his form after missing this year due to knee surgery. The four-time major champion missed the cut in two of the events, and his best finished was a T38 at the CJ Cup in Las Vegas in October.

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