The US-based ironman Bryson DeChambeau and his German rival Brooks Koepka have sparked a sports and social media love-in.
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The two emerged as golf’s most exciting players after the eagle-eagle-birdie finish that propelled Koepka to a US Open triumph, with the former’s albatross finish earning him a standing ovation at Shinnecock Hills. DeChambeau won a similar round at Mission Hills, but the similarities have been fodder for the internet.
A beer and golf meme project called the golfer is now riding a wave of popularity and DeChambeau, who has earned $4.75m (£3.5m) since turning professional in 2013, could well earn his first major in his third, if a win this week at the Texas Open is any indication.
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DeChambeau is particularly at home in the back nine at TPC San Antonio’s Oaks Course, which plays to a relatively long 8,445 yards. The Oak Park graduate lies second on the money list, with Koepka third.