The twists and turns of the Bryson / Brooks relationship have taken their toll on all of us.
It seems like there are two ends to the drama spectrum. For some, the end result of many months of drama was mostly apathy. They just don’t care if these two villains find out their differences and sing kumbaya by the fire or if they argue from now until the end of time – as long as they don’t have to hear about it. For others, there isn’t enough Brooks / Bryson drama in the world to quench their thirst for controversy. Let the hits come often. Damn it – they keep advancing every day! Golf isn’t always fun, but it is, so don’t stand in the way of a good cause.
But what about those on the PGA Tour? Presumably it is their job to take care of the hustle and bustle of their fellow players and beyond. But then again, it doesn’t have to be her job to be her job.
It’s a touchy line, and a line Subpar hosts Colt Knost and Drew Stoltz tried to define during this week’s episode with guest (and three-time PGA Tour winner) Max Homa. Homa is something of a golf hero in the Twitter sphere; one of the largest and most popular accounts in sports. He’s also one of the most outspoken professionals on the tour, not afraid to share his opinion on anything from mental health to the state of your (yes – your) golf swing.
As for Bryson and Brooks, Homa says he’s a fan of the rivalry … in the beginning.
“I really enjoyed it in the beginning,” he says. “That stuff was hilarious. I was playing with a couple of guys at the Memorial when the Brooksy thing started. It’s not fun to see him being molested, but I mean, when I saw the whole video, I was like, ‘Wow Brooks really goes into this guy.’ I said to the guys I played with, ‘You don’t want Brooks to bring you this.’ He has a huge following and is kind of the tough guy on tour. He’s an intimidating guy. “
After a while, Homa says, the headlines were exhausting for the pros, but only because they were confused about the origins of the rivalry.
“This week is good, I think it has dragged on and played,” said Homa. “Just because none of us understand. I do not get it. I was just lost. I don’t like getting lost. “
And what about this week’s news that Bryson and Brooks plan to compete in a seven-figure, 12-hole match in Las Vegas the day after Thanksgiving? The match, which will succeed the DeChambeau / Rodgers vs. Mickelson / Brady match in July, is sure to bring a lot of fanfare and even more drama.
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For Homa, a young, approachable golfer who has proven himself indispensable to developing the sport in many of the same ways as the Brooks / Bryson rivalry, the match is a natural (if not deliberate) progression of things.
“I mean, if you did, respect. SUPER respect to Bryson for dealing with all of this, ”said Homa. “I mean, Brooks is super cool, he has the whole bar stool thing behind it. But when they do, it works. It’s a great, ingenious plan, so you can’t do without the hustle and bustle. “
To hear the rest of Homa’s Subpar interview, including his thoughts on the PGA Tour’s PIP program, watch the full interview below.
James Colgan is Associate Editor at GOLF, contributing stories for the website and magazine on a wide range of topics. He writes the Hot Mic, GOLF’s weekly media column, and leverages his broadcast experience on the brand’s social media and video platforms. A 2019 graduate of Syracuse University, James – and obviously his golf game – is still thawing from four years of gritting his teeth at NFL Films, CBS News, and Fox Sports. Before joining GOLF, James was a Caddy Scholar (and smart looper) on Long Island, which is where he’s from.