The WWE is holding its Hell in a Cell pay per view on Sunday just as the U.S. Open winds down at Torrey Pines and, if not for the thousands of miles between events, it might seem as if both were part of the same show this year.
For the uninitiated, Hell in a Cell features a 20-foot steel cage surrounding the ring in which two wrestlers will battle. It usually ends after both combatants have been bruised and beaten, taken spectacular falls and gone face first into the steel several times.
One might wonder how such an event could be confused with golf to which there is a reply that many have been hoping for at Torrey Pines. In this corner, Battling Brooks Koepka and in this corner Brawny Bryson DeChambeau.
It’s the match made in heaven for so many in the media who want Koepka and DeChambeau together for the first two rounds at Torrey Pines because they’ve been squabbling lately. Koepka says the feud is good for golf, but the reality is that such bickering just brings the game closer to WWE.
Even if Koepka, the two time U.S. Open champ, and DeChambeau, the defending champ, were paired together, the crowd that gathered around the two combatants to cheer their favourite and heckle his opponent would be treated to a disappointing display of eye rolling and gamesmanship if the feud is why they came.
If they’re looking for power bombs, they would be well-advised to pay attention to WWE because it would be much more entertaining, which is what it’s supposed to be.
Maybe, just maybe, the feud in golf is also strictly about entertainment as well, now that the PGA Tour has established a $40 million pool to reward its players who “move the needle” on social media and other platforms.
That may or may not be the motivation for the feud, but the presence of such a fund certainly presents the optics of being contrived.
Forget about the country club image that golf has for many. If you’re going to introduce new people to the game, shouldn’t it be the actual game you’re introducing them to, rather than a spat between two players that won’t go beyond the jawing stage and will quickly be forgotten?
If it isn’t quickly forgotten, perhaps they can settle it in a steel cage, but you can be sure they wouldn’t go along with that.
If they’re paired together for the first two rounds, in Sunday’s final round or not at all, Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau are two of the tour’s marquee players competing on a dastardly U.S. Open set-up.
That’s what newcomers should see. Chances are, those neophytes never heard of the feud, but if they tune in to see Koepka and DeChambeau duke it out, they’ll tune out quickly.
And maybe watch WWE … their feuds are much more entertaining.