Skip Bayless takes SAVAGE dig at Brooks Koepka as Jon Rahm claims Masters trophy on final day

Skip Bayless believes Brooks Koepka joining LIV Golf had a part to play in him losing the tournament to Jon Rahm.

Skip Bayless takes SAVAGE dig at Brooks Koepka as Jon Rahm claims Masters trophy on final day

Skip Bayless and Brooks Koepka [Image Credit: Fox Sports/ SBNation]

Popular American sports columnist Skip Bayless took a dig at Brooks Koepka as Jon Rahm wins his first Masters trophy following Sunday’s event. Bayless goes on to state that maybe Koepka joining the Saudi-backed tour had a part to play in his performance.

During the final round of The Masters, Koepka led Rahm by 2 shots, although he fell in the Spaniard’s shadow, grabbing the 2nd spot. Among the 18 LIV Golfers, four of them successfully secured a place in the Top 20. Koepka and his fellow collegiate Phil Mickelson shared the same place, while Patrick Reed came in 4th.

Skip Bayless stated that the LIV Golf’s 54-hole tournament fell short of repairing Brooks Koepka for The Masters. In the final round, Jon Rahm fired at 69 while the American golfer had a misfire of a 3-over round of 75. It’s Rahm’s first Masters’ victory as the Spaniard donned the green jacket with all smiles.

On Twitter, Bayless noted, “Surprised John Rahm stared down Brooks Koepka eye to eye for 31 holes on Sunday, intimidated the intimidator into a collapse. Koepka hasn’t been fire-tested enough at LIV, got to dominate Augusta in perfect weather for 2 rds, then played only 6 holes in 48 hrs. Rahmbo too tough.

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Brooks Koepka happy to participate in The Masters despite disappointing results

Brooks Koepka [Image Credit: Sporting News]
Brooks Koepka [Image Credit: Sporting News]

Regardless of Brooks Koepka’s 2nd place victory, he stated that he is happy to be part of The Masters. When the golf civil war started back in 2022, with the emergence of LIV Golf, players were mentally prepared for incoming exclusions.

LIV Golfers were denied of various events including Masters, as well as OWGR ranking. Nevertheless, Augusta National declared its intention of gathering top golfers from worldwide regardless of their background. This was also the first time since the split, that players from PGA and LIV faced each other on the greens.

Following Jon Rahm’s win, Koepka stated, “Obviously it’s super disappointing, right? Didn’t play good enough to win. Hit some shots where I also didn’t feel like I got some good breaks. Didn’t feel like I did too much wrong but that’s how golf goes sometimes. The way Jon played today was pretty impressive.”

I mean, we’re still the same people. I know if I’m healthy I can compete. I don’t think any of the guys that played this event thinks otherwise, either. When Phil plays good, we know he’s going to compete. P-Reed, the same thing. I think that’s just manufactured by the media that we can’t compete anymore; that we are washed up.”

The four LIV Golfers who secured the top 20 places are, Koepka, Mickelson, P. Reed, and Joaquin Niemann. Mickelson placed himself into contention by beginning the final round 10 shots behind Kopeka, going into a low score of a 7-under-par 65. 

Mickelson said about his performance, “I wouldn’t look at it like that,’ Mickelson said. ‘I’m very appreciative that we’re here; that we are able to play in the majors. And I thought it was exciting that this tournament rose above it all to have the best players in the world here and lost all the pettiness; that was great.”

On the other hand, Niemann was satisfied with his performance at the tournament, “Hopefully they figure something out, then let all the top players be playing with the top players in the majors.” He believes that maybe this will lead him and others to score some points in the ranking.

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