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Brooks and Bryson as buddies? Good for them, but not for the game

The Brooks vs. Bryson beef is dead. Long live the Brooks vs. Bryson beef.

That’s not to say all of whatever it was that was going on between DeChambeau and Koepka this year will be missed. There was a nastiness to it that’s probably best put to bed, but the idea of a rivalry – a real rivalry that transcends the field of play – is the best part of any sport.

Anyone who tuned into to the American League Wild Card game on Tuesday between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees can attest to the magical properties of spontaneous hatred. The single-game-winner-take-all was like a time machine to a period when baseball was still the national pastime.

For a moment, golf had an element of that with Brooks vs. Bryson. It certainly felt genuine enough after Koepka was videoed reacting to the mere presence of DeChambeau at the PGA Championship. It felt real enough when DeChambeau brought a spork to a social media knife fight in May when he tweeted, “[Koepka] it’s nice to be living rent free in your head!”

So, things got a little out of hand. The fans at the Memorial took to heckling DeChambeau; Koepka leaned in with an impressive, and sometimes mean, social media game; and by the…

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