With Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau dominating headlines ahead of the Ryder Cup due to their recent feud, American team-mate Justin Thomas decided to poke fun at the pair by donning an hilarious T-shirt at his side’s post-event celebrations.
The host nation claimed back the title they lost in Paris in 2018 by defeating the Europeans in record-breaking style thanks to a crushing 19-9 win, the biggest margin of victory in the modern era of the competition.
As to be expected the Americans’ celebration went long into the night following Sunday’s win, and Thomas was seen wearing a brilliant T-shirt that teased both DeChambeau and Koepka, whose intense rivalry heading into the Ryder Cup was a main talking point.
On the T-shirt, Koepka can be seen rolling his eyes with his hands on DeChambeau, who is seen with a large grin on his face.
The duo’s fallout has been well documented in recent years, in a feud that began at the beginning of 2019 after Koepka slated DeChambeau for his slow style of play on the golf course.
Since then, the pair have gone toe-to-toe on a number of occasions, from social media spats to awkward major encounters, with many tipping the pair’s frosty relationship to cause a number of problems for the US team at this year’s Ryder Cup.
However this proved not to be the case as there seemed to be no issue within the American camp with DeChambeau and Koepka seen ‘getting along’ from the word go, after they exchanged in a chat at the Whistling Straits range in the days leading up to the event.
Following victory, it then seemed the Bryson-Brooks battle had finally been squashed for good, as the once bitter rivals embraced during Team USA’s post-tournament press conference.
Once again it was Thomas who was at the centre of the duo’s saga, as at the end of the question and answer session he called for a Koepka and DeChambeau embrace at the front of the stage.
Thomas said: “I think before all this is over we should have a Brooks and Bryson hug in the middle of the room! To prove how much of a team we are they are going to hug right.”
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He went on to sing: “Why can’t we be friends? Why can’t we…” to egg on his team-mates, before Olympic champion Xander Schauffele got himself involved by commenting: “Here we go, shall we get the trophy in the middle? Here we go hold the trophy in the middle.”
Somewhat forced, Koepka and DeChambeau obliged to their team-mates’ requests and shared the love centre stage, right in front of the world’s media along with the Ryder Cup trophy.
Following the hug the pair exchanged a chuckle and a handshake, before going in for another embrace to the delight of their fellow Team US players and captain Steve Stricker.
One of the disputes from the DeChambeau-Kopeka feud was the ongoing heckling from a number of the latter’s supporters, who throughout the PGA Tour season were heard shouting ‘Brooksy!’ towards DeChambeau in an attempt to wind up the 2020 US Open champion on the course.
And sure enough it did, as the shout was eventually banned by PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan, who confirmed ahead of the Tour Championship just under a month ago that any spectator shouting Koepka’s name in the direction of DeChambeau at an event would be removed.
Despite the initial controversies it seems the 28-year-old is over the heckling as well, as when the US team began to exit from the press conference stage a voice out of shot was heard shouting ‘Let’s go Brooksy!’ in reference to the crowd shout to which DeChambeau, and his team-mates laughed.