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Bryson, Brooks clash in ‘The Match’

DeChambeau made his Match debut pairing with Aaron Rodgers in July, when the tandem topped Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady.

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BRYSON DeChambeau (left) will face Brooks Koepka (right, lower photo with DeChambeau) in their much-awaited showdown next month in Las Vegas. / ANDREW REDINGTON/STACY REVERE Agence France-Presse

During a resounding American victory at the Ryder Cup, Bryson DeChambeau hinted there was more coming between him and Brooks Koepka, but didn’t let on to what that might be.
Now we know.

The fifth edition of The Match, the made-for-TV series presented by Turner Sports, will take place the day after Thanksgiving and will set new buddies Koepka and DeChambeau in a mano a mano competition in Las Vegas.

According to a release sent out on Tuesday, the event will take place at the Wynn Golf Club, which sits just a few big swings from the strip. The pair will face off in a 12-hole showdown with the usual cast of Turner characters — Ernie Johnson and Charles Barkley — handling the telecast. TNT’s presentation will be simulcast on TBS, truTV and HLN, as well. Live coverage will start at 4 p.m. ET.

This brings the event full-circle — the initial Match pitted Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson in Las Vegas back in 2018 at Shadow Creek.

DeChambeau made his Match debut pairing with Aaron Rodgers in July, when the tandem topped Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady.

Meanwhile, this will be Koepka’s first Match appearance as a competitor, although through his foundation he donated $100,000 to Covid-19 relief efforts during Capital One’s The Match: Champions for Charity in May 2020 in connection with a memorable front-nine birdie from Brady.

As for the course, Steve Wynn purchased the resort in 2000, and the Tom Fazio-designed Wynn Golf Club opened in 2005. But that layout was shuttered in 2017 as the operators of the adjacent Wynn Las Vegas hotel and casino considered other uses for the ridiculously valuable land on which the course sits, and the resort lost millions of dollars in revenue from green fees and other golf-attributable casino earnings.

golfweek.usatoday.com

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