“I love Bryson, but...”
Those were the words of Aaron Rodgers ahead of The Match while on the putting green discussing his partner Bryson DeChambeau as they get ready to take on Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady at The Match: Champions for Charity. The broadcast is currently live on TNT from Moonlight Basin in Big Sky, Montana.
Here’s the for-now Packers quarterback on his playing partner.
“He prepares really hard for everything, including the trash talk. I will say, I love Bryson, but not an experienced trash-talker. He doesn’t quite understand comedic timing at this point.”
And then Rodgers driving to his ball on the first hole: “He’s a maniac.” “It’s a tad bit overwhelming at times, but I just smile at him because he’s my partner.”
Exhibit A: Here’s a grown man putting up rabbit ears in the standard foursome picture everyone takes at a charity outing.
Let the fun begin. pic.twitter.com/SmB5jlsrzP— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) July 6, 2021
Exhibit B: DeChambeau then throws duct tape at Tom Brady on the first tee, a reference to Brady splitting his pants at The Match 2 last year in Florida.
The first Bryson chime in. Throwing tape at Tom Brady.— Amanda Rose (@amandagolf59) July 6, 2021
So cringe yet so good.
Bryson throws Brady some duct tape just in case he splits his pants again #GoBucs #THEMATCH pic.twitter.com/4kPm06EVnF— (@ZacOnTheMic) July 6, 2021
Rodgers is one of the coolest American athletes you’ll ever see on and off the field. He’s able to host Jeopardy or appear in Game of Thrones to great reviews and aplomb.
DeChambeau’s already got a rival on his hands in Brooks Koepka that is clearly over him, but his sporting genius as the 2020 US Open winner on the course doesn’t quite extend to interpersonal interactions as of yet.
It should be a fun 18 holes, and you can still enter DraftKings Sportsbook’s $50,000 fantasy contest for the Back 9 as well.