The Match was supposed to be all fun and games and raising money for charity. Phil Mickelson, Tom Brady, Bryson DeChambeau, and Aaron Rodgers were supposed to play some golf, talk some light trash, and have a good time while entertaining sports fans.
That WAS the plan.
Then Rodgers and DeChambeu beat Brady and Mickelson, and the former Patriots QB’s famed competitive streak came out. The day after The Match, Brady viciously trolled DeChambeau (and himself) on social media with memes showing his infamous Brooks Koepka feud.
Aaron Rodgers and Bryson DeChambeau beat Tom Brady and Phil Mickelson in ‘The Match’
In the fourth incarnation of The Match, Brady once again teamed up with Mickelson, and the two aging legends took on the younger team of DeChambeau and Rodgers.
The rounds raised money for Feeding American and other charities, but there will always be a certain level of competitiveness when athletes like these step between the lines. To that end, the foursome did engage in some trash talk.
Most of the banter was relatively benign. Mickelson said of DeChambeau at one point that the “only thing slower than him is my 40 time,” and Brady called Rodgers “the leader of the Packers … I think.”
Mickelson and Brady went up early, but DeChambeau and Rodgers stormed back on the back nine. As Brady lined up a putt on the 16th hole, Lefty kicked the trash talk up a notch. He told the seven-time Super Bowl winner, “It’s 4th-and-3, and we’re down eight. I don’t think we should kick the field goal. I think we should go for it.”
The line was a reference to Rodgers’ Packers deciding to kick field goals in the NFC Championship game against Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season. The dig didn’t seem to bother Rodgers though, he drained a putt later on the hole, and he and DeChambeau won the match 3-and-2.
Brady tolled DeChambeau with hilarious Brooks Koepka memes
The trash talk on the course stayed pretty low-key, which DeChambeau probably appreciated. The 2020 U.S. Open winner’s long-time caddie recently quit on him, reportedly due to verbal abuse from the golfer. The treatment of caddie Tim Tucker is also the reason DeChambeu’s rival Brooks Koepka rolled his eye and stopped a recent interview setting of a public feud between the two golfers.
After losing in The Match for the second time, Brady decided to up the trash talk after the round ended. The QB posted several memes on Twitter using the Brook Koepka eye-roll meme the day after his loss.
In one meme, Brady labeled DeChambeau “Aaron hitting every fairway and making every putt,” and Kopeka rolling his eyes as, “Me.” The next had DeChambeau as “TNT scheduling next year’s tournament,” and the eye-roller being “Phil when they try to pair me with him for a third time next year.”
Finally, Brady summed up with DeChambeau being, “Bryson and Aaron beating our head in on the back 9,” and Koepka thinking, “Memes and trash talk not translating to being good at golf.”
While the memes were self-deprecating on Brady’s end, DeChambeau can’t be thrilled he used a meme of Koepka shading him.
The DeChambeau-Koepka feud will continue in England on July 15
Ever since the infamous eye roll, the DeChambeau-Koepka feud has been the hottest topic in the golf world. Speculation was rife that the U.S. Open would pair the two for the most recent major tournament opening rounds, but that didn’t happen.
Neither golfer played well enough in that tournament either to earn a pairing later in the week. DeChambeau played well early but blew up on Sunday with a final-round six-over to finish +3. Koepka, on the other hand, was in the middle of the pack, but a two-under final round shot him up the leader board to a T-4 finish, four shots behind the winner, Jon Rahm.
On July 15, the PGA Tour will head to the iconic Royal St. George’s Golf Club in Sandwich, Kent, England, for the 2021 version of The (British) Open Championship.
Golf fans will be watching how the two golfers play intently, hoping for a pairing of the two at some point. Neither has a great history in the overseas major, however. Koepka’s best finish is fourth, while DeChambeau has two missed cuts and a 51st place finish.
Keep an eye on Tom Brady’s Twitter feed that week to see if he wades into the DeChambeau-Koepka feud again.