Bryson DeChambeau vs. Brooks Koepka: Betting Odds, How To Watch, ‘The Match V’ Format
Getty Images. Pictured: Bryson DeChambeau (left) and Brooks Koepka.
- The PGA TOUR's biggest rivals face off on Friday in Las Vegas when Bryson DeChambeau faces Brooks Koepka.
- This is only the second version of "The Match" that is a one-on-one contest, and it has plenty of intrigue.
- Here's everything you need to know about the matchup, from betting odds to how to watch and more.
Bryson vs. Brooks Odds
Odds via PointsBet, updated Thursday night.
During the PGA TOUR super season that was 2021-22, there was one bit of off-the-course drama that kept fans interested.
Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka’s feud drew a lot of attention, mostly because both are among the TOUR’s biggest stars. DeChambeau has garnered a lot of attention for his physical transformation, as well as his on-course success. Koepka, meanwhile, is a big-tournament hunter who has won a lot of fans with his “win at all costs” mentality.
Everything escalated at the 2021 PGA Championship, where Koepka was doing a post-round interview with Golf Channel. DeChambeau walked behind him and made a comment that Koepka did not appreciate, causing the four-time major champion to start the interview over.
The tension between the two continued growing throughout the summer and there was hope that they would eventually be paired together on TOUR at some point. Alas, it never happened.
Then came the Ryder Cup, which saw both DeChambeau and Koepka play important roles for Team USA. The duo said all the right things throughout the week and even gave the world a hug after the Americans’ victory press conference on the final day.
The Match V was announced not long after that, although it seemed some of the buzz had been taken out of it with that “warm” embrace. In the build to this event, though, the two have made it clear that they’re still not buddies, necessarily.
The two personalities are very different. As Jason Sobel laid out this week, DeChambeau just wants to be adored for his bold bodily transformation and risks he has taken in changing his body. Koepka is interested in one thing: winning.
How to Bet Bryson vs. Brooks
DeChambeau is the betting favorite as of Wednesday at noon ET. PointsBet has the 2020 U.S. Open champion at -125 over Koepka.
But this is a difficult event to handicap for a few reasons.
One is that DeChambeau has not played on the PGA TOUR since the Tour Championship back in September. His last competitive appearance was at the Ryder Cup, and a few days after that he was in action at the World Long Drive Championship.
Koepka, meanwhile, has been pretty active for a player of his stature this fall, making four starts on the TOUR. The results, though, have not been great. After a T67 and T38 in Las Vegas at the Shriners Children’s Open and CJ CUP, Koepka missed cuts at Mayakoba and the Houston Open earlier this month.
We know Koepka really gets up for the big events, though, and there’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that he will not want to lose to his rival.
How To Watch The Match
The Match V is going to start at 4 p.m. ET on Black Friday and can be seen live on TNT.
This will be just the second one-on-one version of The Match, with the first coming when Phil Mickelson took 22 holes to beat Tiger Woods back in November 2018. DeChambeau teamed with Aaron Rodgers back in July to down Mickelson and Tom Brady.
This will be the fourth straight version of The Match that will be on the Turner Media networks. The first between Phil and Tiger was on PPV.
The broadcast team is full of personalities. Milwaukee Brewers and TNT play-by-play man Brian Anderson will be on the call, with CBS’ Amanda Balionis on the course as a reporter.
Alongside Anderson in the booth is as dynamic a duo as you’ll find on a golf broadcast: Phil Mickelson and Charles Barkley.
Mickelson has been touted as a future broadcast star in the golf world, and this will be a great opportunity to further show off his chops. Barkley, meanwhile, will no doubt provide great entertainment in some form.
To condense this version of The Match, DeChambeau and Koepka will only play 12 holes. The interactive nature of the broadcast tends to drag out the broadcast a bit, so the hope is viewers stay engaged for longer with the shortened format.
As is usually the case with any editions of The Match, a large part of this is to benefit multiple charities. The event will help APGA (Advocates Pro Golf Association) Tour and Feeding America. DeChambeau will be contributing to Shriner’s Hospital and Koepka St. Judge Children’s Research Hospital.
Here are the gimmick holes that will net the largest donations on the course:
- No. 3: $50,000 donation will be made in the player’s name who lands their tee shot closest to the hole. An extra $150,000 will be donated if the shot is within five feet of the hole, and $2 million for a hole-in-one.
- No. 6: Closest to the hole will help donate 500,000 meals to Feeding America. Within five feet of the hole will net an extra 1.5 million meals, and a hole-in-one gets 20 million more.
- No. 7: A $200,000 dollar donation will be made for whoever hits the longest drive, but the key is that it has to land in the fairway.
- No. 9: This par 3 will have the same rules as No. 3.
- No. 11: Same as Nos. 3 and 9.
Wynn Golf Club is located right in the heart of Las Vegas, with a monorail even running along the 15th hole. It is not a regular stop on the PGA TOUR, but it’s a well-known course because of its location.
The scorecard indicates that it’s only 6,722 feet and a par 70, making it an interesting choice for two big hitters like DeChambeau and Koepka. It’s a Tom Fazio design that opened in its current form in 2019.
“When you look at the scorecard,” Fazio told pgatour.com, “the yardage may appear to be short, but it won’t play quite that short because the short holes are short and the long holes are long. It’s an interesting concept because that’s what fits the property.”
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