The Match is over. Brooks Koepka cashed in his chips in Las Vegas and Bryson DeChambeau will want to play again.
We understand that you, dear reader, may not care about The Match. That's fair enough, it was largely a publicity stunt of course.
But you could also relax and take the view that this was just entertainment. Two great golfers just playing the game, talking trash.
If you don't want to watch or engage with it, that's absolutely fine.
Congratulations @bkoepka on getting the victory at #TheMatch. I am glad to have been a part of such an amazing event that was able to raise over $3,000,000 for charity and provide 7 million meals through Feeding America. It’s great to know what I need to work on for next week.— Bryson DeChambeau (@b_dechambeau) November 28, 2021
The match wasn’t close, the audio was all over the place, the course was a joke, and the players didn’t really engage… Yet it was still a few of the most entertaining hours of TV golf this year. Fun for hardcore fans and casual fans alike.— No Laying Up (@NoLayingUp) November 26, 2021
The Match continues to deliver.
For those of you that did watch without having to point out this is all a money-grabbing publicity stunt, you might have enjoyed a few things.
That was, of course, the commentary provided by Phil Mickelson and his pal Charles Barkley.
Mickelson's unbridled enthusiasm, quick-wit and Barkley's dry comments made The Match entertaining in my view.
I also enjoyed the players/caddies talking through their shot selections.
That's more interesting than listening to an on-course commentator guessing about which way the think the putt will break.
I'll watch it again, but I do think that the format is better with a celebrity teamed with a professional player.
Anyway, there's one thing you may not have noticed - and that's these little beauties: