Jack Nicklaus feels Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka FEUD is "media driven"

Jack Nicklaus compares Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau's spat to the feud that he and Arnold Palmer once had...

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Thu, 3 Jun 2021
Jack Nicklaus feels Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka FEUD is "media driven"

Jack Nicklaus believes the ongoing Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau feud is "more media driven" than anything, but has also compared their spat to the one he once had with the late Arnold Palmer. 

Nicklaus, the tournament host of the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village on the PGA Tour this week, was asked about his thoughts on the matter off the back of a leaked video that showed Koepka roll his eyes and fire an expletive in front of the camera after being put off by DeChambeau walking to the side of him during a Golf Channel interview at the PGA Championship. 

"If a feud is there, my guess it was probably more media driven than by Bryson or Brooks," said Nicklaus, the record 18-time major champion.

"I don’t think either one of them are driven in that direction. It gets in the news and all of a sudden it’s there.

"Could I imagine playing with social media the way it is today? It would drive you crazy. I don’t care what you do, you’re not right or you’re not wrong. You got a side to everything and everybody debates everything."

Nicklaus even compared the so-called feud to his days in the spotlight up against his arch rival Palmer. 

"Did we have arguments with guys? Sure," continued Nicklaus.

"We all had arguments. Arnold (Palmer) and I were the best of friends but we would have a feud every once in a while. Arnold and I 99% of the time agreed on everything that should be good for the game of golf.

"We didn’t agree on some things, but that’s okay. But every time I needed support, Arnold had my back and every time he needed support, I had his back. In the end, I don’t think you would find Bryson and Brooks to be any different."