The Match: A detailed look at the Bryson DeChambeau v Brooks Koepka clash in Las Vegas

Tale of the tape and the extra edges that could help decide who wins their ‘grudge’ showdown in Las Vegas on Friday.

In hindsight, we should have spotted it earlier.

Those with a sharp business eye would always have seen big potential in monetizing the feud between Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka.

Perhaps it was planned all along but after hints and rumour, last month we heard for definite that it's game on.

The 'game' is a 12-hole match between the duo at the Wynn Golf Club in Las Vegas.

As for the 'on', that'll be Friday, November 26, the day after Thanksgiving.

Expect the phony war to be ramped up as the day approaches.

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The Match - A Brief History

This is the fifth edition of the event but the first since the initial head-to-head showdown between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson in 2018.

2018 - Phil Mickelson beat Tiger at the 22nd hole - Shadow Creek, Las Vegas

2020 - Tiger Woods & Peyton Manning beat Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady 1up - Medalist GC, Florida

2020 - Phil Mickelson & Charles Barkley beat Steph Curry and Peyton Manning 4 and 3 - Stone Canyon GC, Arizona

2021 - Bryson DeChambeau and Aaron Rodgers beat Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady 3 and 2 - The Reserve at Moonlight Basin, Montana

Tale Of The Tape

A look at the career achievements of the two rivals:

Brooks Koepka

World ranking: 16

Major wins: 4

PGA Tour wins: 8

European Tour wins: 6

Bryson DeChambeau

World ranking: 7

Major wins: 1

PGA Tour wins: 8

European Tour wins: 2

Recent Form and Nevada Form

A look at how the pair have fared recently and in past events in Las Vegas or Nevada as a whole:

Brooks Koepka

Latest form:

MC Houston Open

MC World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba

38th CJ Cup

67th Shriners Children's Open

2pts from 4 matches at the Ryder Cup. Won Singles 2&1 (v Bernd Wiesberger)

Nevada form:

38-67-28-MC-2-MC-4-MC

Bryson DeChambeau

Latest form:

2.5pts from 3 matches at the Ryder Cup. Won Singles 3&2 (v Sergio Garcia)

11th Tour Championship

2nd BMW Championship

31st The Northern Trust

Nevada form:

8-4-1-7-36

Record when playing head-to-head

Who knows, perhaps this could be the decisive factor.

If they really do get up each other's noses, that will come out most when actually playing together.

Will Brooks Koepka have a psychological edge?
Will Brooks Koepka have a psychological edge?

Koepka has accused DeChambeau of slow play so will that knock Brooks out of rhythm?

Or will Koepka's (perhaps genuine) ice-cool and withering contempt of his rival get to DeChambeau?

There isn't actually too much evidence as they've only played four competitive rounds together.

2019 Arnold Palmer Invitational R2: DeChambeau 70, Koepka 73

2019 Arnold Palmer Invitational R1: DeChambeau 75, Koepka 74

2018 Tour Championship R3: Dechambeau 66, Koepka 67

2016 Masters R4: DeChambeau 72, Koepka 72

Overall:

DeChambeau has shot lower twice

Koepka has shot lower once

One tie

Quickest on the draw

With the contest over just 12 holes, let's check some relevant scoring averages.

Bryson DeChambeau is a slightly quicker starter
Bryson DeChambeau is a slightly quicker starter

2021 R1 Scoring Average

70.19 Bryson DeChambeau,

70.20 Brooks Koepka

2021 First 9 Scoring Average

34.59 Bryson DeChambeau

34.86 Brooks Koepka

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