Social media is at it again and the man at the heart of the latest round of the world’s most famous golf rivalry is 21-year-old upstart American Bryson DeChambeau.
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DeChambeau, a 6ft 4in monster with a 3.66 handicap who is about as you might expect from a golfer ranked No39 in the world, has been a mess on the course for a while, handing Sergio García and Jon Rahm some of their finest moments.
He doesn’t get ahead of himself, either, of course. There’s only one trophy at stake this week in Phoenix: the Match Play Championship – where DeChambeau was partnered by Rory McIlroy. But perhaps the fact he nearly gave away that pairing in the draw has him extra motivated.
DeChambeau began his week’s play with an 80 to Garcia’s 63, so naturally, it has gone down a storm, with the internet spotting the resemblance and running with it.
“Someone gives @RyderCupUSA control of the @PGATOUR world rankings and Bryson DeChambeau is No1. The only player in the history of golf that has topped 2 top 25s in the same tournament,” putters-life.com tweeted.
And with all that backhanders coming his way, there were plenty of backhanders of his own.
@BrooksKoepka_ looks like he’s about to laugh at this one.
User @MurandaRoxatz even came prepared.
“Boing! A golf photographer has cut a hole in the hole with a large pair of scissors! It can’t get bigger, right?” she tweeted, before finishing with: “(Bragging rights over Brooks Koepka all this week).”