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The Match - Bryson DeChambeau vs Brooks Koepka: What is it, and when and how to watch the golf showdown today

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Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka face off in the fifth edition of The Match, a head-to-head event between the Americans who have made no secret of their dislike for each other.

A showdown started by Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson three years ago has its latest version, with DeChambeau and Koepka the first edition of The Match since that inaugural event in 2018 to take place with just two players.

Here’s all you need to know about The Match’s history, why DeChambeau and Koepka are the latest participants, and when and where the two of them are facing off.

What is The Match?

The Match is a series of head-to-head matches that have taken place over the last three years in a matchplay format, involving big names not just from golf, but also from the worlds of American football and basketball.

The first edition took place in November 2018, between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. It was not necessarily intended to be the first in a series of these type of events, but more of a showdown between two long-time rivals.

Mickelson eventually got the better of Woods, winning on the 22nd hole as darkness fell in Las Vegas.

In doing so, he took the $9 million purse for the event.

The pair were involved in the the sequel to The Match in 2020, and raised more than $20 million for COVID-19 charities through the event.

Woods was partnered with Peyton Manning, and the two of them beat Mickelson and his partner Tom Brady.

There have been two more editions of The Match. Mickelson and former basketball player Charles Barkley beat the duo of Steph Curry, the basketball star and also a scratch golfer, and Manning.

Then in July this year, Bryson DeChambeau and quarterback Aaron Rodgers proved too good for Mickelson and Brady.

Who is playing in The Match this time?

Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka will face off in a head-to-head match in the fifth edition of The Match.

It will take place over 12 holes at the Wynn Golf Club in Las Vegas.

Mickelson will not be playing for the first time, but will take part as an analyst on TV during the event.

DeChambeau and Koepka have regularly exchanged insults over the last couple of years, both in press conferences and on social media, to the extent that there were some concerns whether the two of them would derail Team USA’s Ryder Cup bid.

However, they put their differences to one side, and even hugged each other at the celebratory press-conference after the Americans had romped to victory.

When asked why The Match was only 12 holes this time, Koepka said: “Playing 12 holes is nice, I mean it’s better than playing 18 holes with Bryson.

Anything to spend less time him I’m happy to do. There’s nothing more I would love than to walk away after seven holes.”

When is The Match and how can I watch it?

It is taking place today, Friday 26th November, and is starting at 9pm GMT.

DeChambeau vs Koepka is a pay-per-view event in the US, and is being broadcast live on TNT.

There is no UK broadcaster yet confirmed for The Match.

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