The 2021 Ryder Cup is already full of drama, and the competition hasn’t even started yet.
The ongoing feud between Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau will be at the forefront this weekend as the two become Team USA teammates. But maybe the feud is about to end, after DeChambeau claims he wants it to end.
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On Monday, DeChambeau coach Mike Schy spoke to the Irish Times (Dublin) about the feud and DeChambeau’s thoughts for the future.
“That they’re both doing it to maximize their global profile, Bryson wants this to stop,” Schy said. “Move on. The main thing is two big egos. “
While there has been no comment from Koepka’s side, this statement will be put to the test during the Ryder Cup. Team USA captain Steve Stricker isn’t concerned about the pre-tournament feud, via ESPN Milwaukee.
“They assured me it wouldn’t be a problem,” Stricker said. “Will we involve them?” I don’t think so at the moment. “
Captain Steve Stricker said the Brooks Koepka-Bryson DeChambeau drama of the season was “not a problem for me and for the team.”
“They assured me that would not be a problem … Shall we involve them? I don’t think so at the moment.” #RyderCup
– Stephen Watson (@WISN_Watson) September 20, 2021
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So it looks like fans won’t see DeChambeau and Koepka working as a team this weekend. The drama is selling, but Team USA needs all the chemistry it can get, especially with six rookies on the squad this year.
That said, it won’t be the first time the Ryder Cup pairs have sparked controversy for the US team: At the 2018 tournament, Patrick Reed called Captain Jim Furyk’s pairs a ‘buddy system’ after being placed. with Tiger Woods. Jordan Spieth, who Reed paired with in the 2014 and 2016 Ryder Cups, has teamed up with Justin Thomas.
“The problem is obviously that Jordan doesn’t want to play with me,” Reed said at the time. “I have no problem with Jordan. At the end of the day, I don’t care if I love the person I’m matched with or if the person loves me as long as it works and prepares the team for success. He and I know how to improve. We know how to get the job done.
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Koepka recently made headlines for his comments regarding the Ryder Cup, which received a lot of reaction from former golfers and fans.
“It’s difficult. There are times when I think to myself, ‘I won my game. I did my job. What do you want from me?’ I know how to take responsibility for the shots I hit every week, ”Koepka said in an interview with Golf Digest. “Now someone else hit a bad shot and left me in a bad position, and I know this hole is a waste. It’s new, and you have to change the way you think about it. You spend all the time from an individual sport to a team sport one week a year. It’s so far removed from my usual routine. ”
Former Ryder Cup Team USA member Paul Azinger has spoken of Koepka’s comments, saying Koepka shouldn’t be playing for Team USA if he doesn’t enjoy the Ryder Cup.
“I’m not sure he likes the Ryder Cup that much, if he doesn’t like it he should give up his place and bring in people who love him,” said Azinger. “Not everyone accepts it. But if you don’t like it and you’re not sold out, then I think Brooks – especially being injured – should be wondering if he really wants to be. There. And if you add the dynamics of Bryson (DeChambeau) to that, it would be an even easier decision for him. ”