Golf Channel analyst, Brandel Chamblee, had some comments about Brooks Koepka’s dismissive comments about his “rivalry” with Rory McIlroy.
On October 17th, Chamblee was accompanied by Ryan Burr on the Golf Channel and discussed the comments. Chamblee said he thought the comments were “disrespectful.” His negative outlook comes as no surprise as he’s butted heads with Koepka before.
There was Chamblee’s comments about Brooks losing weight to prepare for ESPN’s “The Body” issue. He went as far as to say it was “reckless self-sabotage” being that it was for “vanity reasons.” After Koepka’s first round at The Masters, he was questioned about the comments and didn’t hold back either saying, “I don’t care what anybody else says, I’m doing it for me, and obviously it seems to work.”
In this situation, Chamblee explained the comment was disrespectful and “for one thing, Koepka-McIlroy is undeniably a rivalry.” Chamblee continued, “I mean, this is adding fuel to a rivalry that definitely exists. Look, they’re the No. 1 and 2 player in the world, they each have four major championships, the last two times that they’ve gone head-to-head, each has gotten the better of the other.” Chamblee is referencing the WGC in Memphis where Brooks was victorious and the Tour Championship where Rory walked away with the biggest pay day in golf.
"In general, I just thought it was disrespectful."
— Golf Central (@GolfCentral) October 18, 2019
Chamblee when on to talk about how Jack Nicklaus respected the rivals he had over the years with the likes of Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Lee Trevino and Tom Watson. Chamblee said Koepka and McIlroy are each other’s “greatest rival.” Ultimately, Chamblee is missing the point that Brooks is trying to make. It’s that he does not see it as a rivalry.
Usually to have a rivalry, both people need to acknowledge it exists. You can’t just look at two things, even if they battle on the golf course, and create a narrative.
Now when you add this with all the drama the media mustered up after the PGA Player of the Year results came out where Rors bested Brooks, its going to be tough to stop Chamblee from running with this for the next 12 months.
Brooks is home nursing a knee injury after withdrawing from the CJ Cup where he slipped on wet concrete, aggravting a previous injury. Rory starts his season next week at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club in Chiba, Japan for the first skins game tournament in over a decade.