The rivalry between Brooks Koepka and Bryson ‘Brooksie” DeChambeau has become one of the more fun things in golf in quite awhile. And while rumors about the tandem might be paired together in the first two rounds of this week’s US Open at Torrey Pines. Instead they’ll be on other sides of the opening threesomes, and won’t even be on the track at the same time.
To help sports bettors celebrate the 2021 US Open Championship, DraftKings Sportsbook has offered a special odds boost to +110 for either Bryson DeChambeau or Brooks Koepka to have the better finishing position. If you’re a golf fan, you probably didn’t need any additional reason to root for one of the two in this rivalry. But with the overlay, there’s even more reason to pick a winner. We’ll give you the math below.
DeChambeau has twice played the Farmers Insurance Open, the regular PGA Tour stop at this course. He missed the cut by a mile both times, shooting 70-76 in 2017 and 78-74 in 2018.
Koepka hasn’t exactly set the world on fire in La Jolla either, making the cut but finishing 41st in 2015 after going 66-74-74-74. He’s followed that with a 73-72 in 2017 and 72-76 in 2021.
In terms of current form, Kopeka has missed the cut in three of his last five entered events. The two he made the cut however were pretty good: He finished tied for second at the PGA Championship, two shots behind Phil Mickelson, and almost won his third Wanamaker Trophy. He was also second at The Concession in February.
DeChambeau has made the cut in all of his last five, but hasn’t set the world on fire. He was T46 at The Masters and T38 at the PGA Championship. But a T9 at the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte is his best result.
The pick: Bryson DeChambeau
Koepka’s gritty performance to finish second at Kiawah Island got overshadowed by the 50-year-old Mickelson winning the tournament. But it was clear he wasn’t healthy at all, and his knee was still under repair. He just might not be back at full health enough yet to compete in San Diego this weekend.
DeChambeau might struggle to find places to use his length on the South Course, but he’s still got enough game to get around the track and post a solid four rounds worth of scores. It’s not an ideal setup for him, but it seems he’s healthier than his counterpart.
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