Koepka sets the record straight


Brooks Koepka at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin this week. – Reuters

ON the eve of the Ryder Cup at Whisting Straits Golf Club in Haven, Wisconsin, Brooks Koepka put the record straight and told the American media, to their faces, that they got it wrong and in particular left former US captain Paul Azinger embarrassed.

Koepka was speaking at a press conference ahead of the biennial team tournament that pits the United States against Europe, who are the holders of the Cup and have won nine of the last 12 events.

The saga stems from an interview with Golf Digest, in which Koepka said he found Ryder Cup “odd” compared the normal drill of the grind on Tour.

And be as it may, this was portrayed as “no good stuff” and led to some by Azinger, who is now a commentator with the American media outlet NBC.

Indeed, as TeeUp reported last week, Azinger suggested that Koepka should quit if the US team “if he doesn’t love it.

“He should relinquish his spot and get people there who do love the Ryder Cup”.

Putting them in their place, Koepka told the media earlier this week: “I never said it was a negative (referencing the Ryder Cup). Y’all (the media) spun it that way. I said it was different. I’ve never played any of these team events. I didn’t play Walker Cup... never played Junior Ryder Cup, never played anything.

“I just said it’s different. That doesn’t mean it’s bad. Like I said, I wouldn’t be nervous on that first tee if I didn’t care.”

In his Golf Digest interview, Koepka said of the Ryder Cup: “It’s a bit odd, if I’m honest. I don’t want to say it’s a bad week. We’re just so individualised and everybody has their routine – and a different way of doing things, and now, it’s like, okay, we have to have a meeting at this time or go do this or go do that. It’s the opposite of what happens during a Major (championship) week.”

In a related development, US captain Steve Stricker said that the social media feud between Koepka and team-mate Bryson DeChambeau had cooled off and that there was no need to labour the issue, as so many have done.

Stricker said: “It’s a non-issue for me and the team. We got together a few weeks ago... I’ve had conversations with them both. They have assured me it’s not going to be an issue. I have no worries whatsoever.”

The 43rd Ryder Cup is schedule to come to a close today.

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