The 2021 Ryder Cup is already stuffed with drama, and the competitors hasn’t even began but.
The continuing feud between Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau might be entrance and middle this weekend as the 2 change into teammates on Workforce USA. However possibly the feud is near ending, after DeChambeau claimed he needed it to finish.
On Monday, DeChambeau’s coach Mike Schy spoke with the The Irish Times (Dublin) concerning the feud and DeChambeau’s ideas shifting ahead.
“Whether or not or not they’re each doing it to maximise their international profile, Bryson needs it over,” Schy mentioned. “Transfer on. The underside line is 2 massive egos.”
Whereas there was no touch upon Koepka’s facet, this assertion might be put to the check on the Ryder Cup. Workforce USA captain Steve Stricker is not involved concerning the feud heading into the match, via ESPN Milwaukee.
“They’ve assured me it is not going to be a problem,” Stricker mentioned. “Will we pair them collectively? I do not assume so at this level.”
Captain Steve Stricker mentioned the Brooks Koepka-Bryson DeChambeau season-long drama is a “non-issue for me and for the crew.”
“They’ve assured me it is not going to be a problem… Will we pair them collectively? I do not assume so at this level.” #RyderCup
— Stephen Watson (@WISN_Watson) September 20, 2021
So, it seems like followers will not see DeChambeau and Koepka working as a crew this weekend. Drama sells, however Workforce USA wants all of the chemistry it will probably get, particularly with six rookies on the crew this 12 months.
That mentioned, this may not be the primary time Ryder Cup pairings have induced controversy for Workforce USA: On the 2018 match, Patrick Reed slammed captain Jim Furyk’s pairings as a “buddy system” after he was positioned with Tiger Woods. Jordan Spieth, with whom Reed was paired within the 2014 and 2016 Ryder Cups, teamed up with Justin Thomas.
“The difficulty’s clearly with Jordan not desirous to play with me,” Reed mentioned on the time. “I don’t have any subject with Jordan. When it comes proper right down to it, I don’t care if I just like the particular person I’m paired with or if the particular person likes me so long as it really works and it units up the crew for fulfillment. He and I understand how to make one another higher. We all know find out how to get the job completed.”
Koepka was within the information just lately for feedback he made relating to the Ryder Cup, which drew quite a lot of backlash from former golfers and followers.
“It is robust. There are occasions the place I am like, ‘I received my match. I did my job. What would you like from me?’ I understand how to take accountability for the photographs I hit each week,” Koepka mentioned in an interview with Golf Digest. “Now, any person else hit a foul shot and left me in a foul spot, and I do know this gap is a loss. That is new, and it’s important to change the best way you concentrate on issues. You go from a person sport on a regular basis to a crew sport one week a 12 months. It is so removed from my regular routine.”
Former Ryder Cup Workforce USA member Paul Azinger spoke about Koepka’s comments, saying Koepka should not play on Workforce USA if he would not benefit from the Ryder Cup.
“I am unsure he loves the Ryder Cup that a lot, if he would not adore it he ought to relinquish his spot and get folks there who do adore it,” Azinger mentioned. “Not all people embraces it. However should you do not adore it, and you are not offered out, then I feel Brooks — particularly being harm — ought to contemplate whether or not or not he actually needs to be there. And should you add the Bryson (DeChambeau) dynamic to that, that might be a fair simpler resolution for him.”