Memorial featured teams: Brooks Koepka with Tiger and Rory, not Bryson
The pinnacle-to-head showdown many followers have been hoping for this week at Muirfield Village should wait till not less than the weekend.
Brooks Koepka will play in one among 4 featured teams for the primary two rounds of the Memorial Event. Nonetheless, he won’t be grouped with Bryson DeChambeau, the winner in Detroit two weeks in the past who has unintentionally grow to be considerably of a rival to Koepka.
As a substitute, Koepka attracts the No. 1-ranked participant on the earth, Rory McIlroy, and five-time Memorial champion Tiger Woods, who will play on Tour for the primary time for the reason that Genesis Invitational in February.
Woods has performed simply thrice this season, successful the Zozo Championship, tying for ninth on the Farmers Insurance coverage Open and ending up solo 68th at Riviera. McIlroy had seven straight top-5s, together with a win, to start the season, however for the reason that Tour returned from its three-month absence in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, McIlroy has no top-10s in three begins.
Koepka is coming off a missed minimize final week at Muirfield Village and has only one top-10 this season as he continues to get well from an ‘excruciating’ harm to his left knee, which he re-injured in October after present process a stem-cell therapy following final yr’s Tour Championship.
BY Rex Hoggard
— July 11, 2020 at 7:53 PM
A couple of days earlier than Tiger Woods picks up his season on the Memorial, Justin Thomas takes a jab at him, saying, “he is scared to return out and play towards all of us.”
DeChambeau will likely be grouped with final week’s Workday Charity Open winner Collin Morikawa and defending Memorial champion Patrick Cantlay. The opposite two featured teams will likely be Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson and Xander Schauffele, and Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose and Shane Lowry.
Whereas Woods, McIlroy and Koepka is one heckuva draw, golf followers on Twitter had been lobbying for a Koepka-DeChambeau pairing after Koepka appeared to take a few photographs on the bulked-up DeChambeau final week, first tweeting solely a GIF of “Eastbound and Down” character Kenny Powers attacking a cameraman over alleged steroid allegations, after which telling reporters that he was going to “run the desk” after committing to the Memorial late Friday, seemingly a reference to DeChambeau’s current on line casino communicate.
The perceived photographs come after Koepka referred to as DeChambeau out for sluggish play final August at The Northern Belief, inflicting DeChambeau to hunt out Koepka’s caddie, Ricky Elliott, and inform him that he wished Koepka would make these form of feedback to his face.
The 2 later met on the vary at Liberty Nationwide and apparently squashed the meat. Although neither participant revealed what was mentioned, lower than two months later DeChambeau introduced in Las Vegas that he was going to remodel his physique in a quest so as to add pace and distance.
Practically 40 kilos later, DeChambeau has, and two weeks faraway from his victory in Detroit he finds himself ranked seventh on the earth, proper behind Koepka.