One of the most highly publicized feuds in professional golf in recent history will move to the links on Black Friday, as Bryson Dechambeau goes head to head with archrival Brooks Koepka in the fifth edition of “The Match”. Dechambeau is set hit the links at Wynn Golf Club for Friday’s 12-hole made-for-TV event perched as a slim -125 favorite at BetOnline. However, Koepka fans will have ample opportunity to back the four-time major tournament winner on an array of props bet covering every aspect of this highly anticipated grudge match.
MyTopSportsbooks takes a look at all the odds and trends as Koepka and Dechambeau go head to head. Sports bettors getting in on the action for the first time should check out our guide to the best golf betting sites to find out all they need to know about betting on golf.
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The Match 5: Event Format, Where to Watch
Tee time for the fifth edition of The Match 5 is set for 4:00pm ET on Friday November 26 at Wynn Golf Club in sunny Las Vegas. There will be no shortage of television coverage of the matchup, which will be broadcast live on TNT, with simulcasts running across Turner platforms TBS, truTV and HLN.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 18, 2021
TNT announcers Ernie Johnson and Charles Barkley are expected to handle the call on the broadcast, with both Dechambeau and Koepka where mics that will enable them to talk to both the announcers and each other throughout the afternoon. Friday’s clash also marks just the second time in five of editions of The Match that just two golfers will be compete, and the first since the inaugural edition of this event that pitted Phil Mickelson against Tiger Woods.
The bad blood between Dechambeau and Koepka has deepened as this year has progressed. What started out as simple trash talk quickly became a full blown feud with viral social media coverage in the wake of the release of a video capturing Koepka reacting with an epic eye-roll after being interrupted by Dechambeau and his noisy spiked shoes during a TV interview on the final day of this year’s PGA Championship.
REVEALED: Brooks Koepka confirms what Bryson DeChambeau said to cause his EYE ROLL reaction 🙄
— GolfMagic.com (@GolfMagic) June 12, 2021
Fans of Koepka kept the ball rolling by taunting Dechambeau on the course at subsequent with chants of “Brooksy”. Dechambeau’s demanded that the perpetrators be removed from the course, sparking a tongue-in-cheek apology from Koepka to the offending fans. Koepka kept the heat up by tweeting “sorry bro” to Aaron Rodgers after the Green Bay Packers quarterback was paired with “The Scientist” at The Match 4.
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) June 4, 2021
Hostilities ceased while the duo were teammates for the American team that rewarded sports bettors with a big win in 2021 Ryder Cup betting, engaging in a pre-tournament hug that suggested they had put their past animosity behind them. However, with the 2021 PGA season now complete, and with plenty of time on their hands prior to Friday’s event, the heat has cranked back up. The pair found one thing to agree on in recent comments to the press, with both claiming their Ryder Cup hug was forced. Dechambeau took things one step forward, demanding an apology from Koepka, although it remains unclear what for.
One thing is certain, if this feud has had a negative impact on anyone’s play, it has been most felt by Dechambeau. A two-time winner early on in the 2021 campaign, include his first career major win at the 2020 US Open and a victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, things went steadily downhill for the 28-year-old American after that. Dechambeau failed to crack the top ten in nine of his next 11 outings, and finishing well out of contention at the Masters, PGA Championship, and 2021 US Open.
Koepka (+4500) into a tie for the the lead at the PGA Championship pic.twitter.com/zeN1Up2iyM
— Bet The Greens (@betthegreens) May 22, 2021
Conversely, Koepka rebounded from early-season injury that contributed to a run of three straight outings where he missed the cut, claiming victory at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. He then followed up with five finishes among the top six, a run that included the PGA Championship, Open Championship, and US Open.
The Betting Props
Despite showing few ill effects from his ongoing clash of personalities with Dechambeau, Koepka finds himself largely trailing on the slate of The Match 5 props bets published this week at Bovada. While it is no surprise that Dechambeau’s hard hitting style make him a narrow -125 favorites to win the most Par 5s on Friday, “The Scientist” also edges out Koepka as a -120 to claim the most Par 3s and Par 4s.
Last week: Helps U.S. Team win the Ryder Cup
This week: Top 8 at Long Drive World Championships
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) October 2, 2021
As for golf fans and sports bettors searching for a happy ending to Friday’s clash, they may want to seriously consider bankroll management before diving on the long odds of Koepka and Dechambeau hugging each other at the conclusion of The Match 5, which are pegged at a distant +400.
The Picks: Koepka to win (+100); Dechambeau to hit a 400-yard drive (+250)