RIDGELAND, S.C. – Brooks Koepka doesn’t suppose his public spat with Bryson DeChambeau will disrupt workforce chemistry and trigger any damaging pressure come Ryder Cup time if each are sporting the purple, white and blue.
No, the friction between the top-10 gamers on the planet that has performed out on social media received’t lead U.S. captain Steve Stricker to start out pulling out his hair or asking one among his vice captains to verify the 2 are in separate corners in September at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.
“I don’t see why it would,” the four-time main champion stated Wednesday forward of Thursday’s begin within the Palmetto Championship at Congaree. “There’s only eight guys that are playing, four guys are sitting. I play with one other guy. I don’t understand (why it would matter).
“Let’s say I don’t play with Bryson or Bryson doesn’t play with me; he takes care of his match, and I would take care of my match, and I don’t know how that has any effect. What you do off the golf course doesn’t have any effect on the golf course.”
The forwards and backwards between world No. 8 Koepka and No. 5 DeChambeau has been going on for a while now but escalated rather quickly at the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island last month, i.e. the notorious Koepka eyeroll.
Its crescendo – for now – got here final week within the Memorial at Muirfield Village in Ohio, when Koepka wasn’t even taking part in. DeChambeau was taking part in, nonetheless, and he was repeatedly heckled by pro-Brooks followers who have been calling DeChambeau “Brooksie.” A number of followers have been faraway from the event (not on the request of DeChambeau) and Koepka later put out a video providing free beer to anybody whose day was reduce quick due to their taunts.
Koepka informed Golfweek’s Eamon Lynch that he wasn’t condoning disrespectful to inappropriate behavior by offering the beer. Some individuals in golf’s circles suppose Koepka crossed the road and was being a bully in our on-line world. Others are postpone with the quarrel. As for Koepka, he thinks it’s good for the sport.
“I really do. The fact that golf’s on pretty much every news outlet for about two weeks pretty consistently, I think that’s a good thing,” he stated. “It’s growing the game. I get the traditionalists who don’t agree with it. I understand that, but I think to grow the game you’ve got to reach out to the younger generation. I don’t want to say that’s what this is, but it’s reaching out to a whole bunch of people. It’s getting golf in front of people. I think it’s good for the game.”
At the PGA, Koepka was doing an interview Friday when he was clearly thrown off by the sound – and sure sight – of DeChambeau. He rolled his eyes, misplaced his prepare of thought and dropped just a few expletives. The video was not speculated to see the sunshine of day however one way or the other reached social media circles and shortly went viral earlier than it was eliminated.
“It doesn’t bother me, honestly,” Koepka stated when requested if the video’s launch upset him. “I’m OK with anything I do. I don’t really live with regrets. It’s nothing I’m terribly upset about. From everybody I spoke to, it is what it is and move on.
“He didn’t say anything to me. He wasn’t speaking to me. He was saying something about how he hit a perfect shot and it shouldn’t have been there, and it was just very, very loud. With the media right there, you kind of know, hey, look, we’re all kind of in this area, just tone it down, and it was just so loud. Then I think he realized that he had gotten right behind me, and he toned it down a little bit, but I just lost my train of thought, which I think was pretty obvious.”
While he struggled with his surgically repaired proper knee however managed to complete in a tie for second behind Wanamaker Trophy winner Phil Mickelson. During his off time the previous two weeks, Koepka stated the knee has improved.
“It feels probably better than ever,” he stated. “Doing kind of a quad stretch. My foot can kind of touch my butt for the first time, so the knee is months and months ahead of schedule. It feels really good, just being able to do work, doing some Pilates, just started that. I think a lot of this has really helped. I know Dr. (Neal) ElAttrache is very pleased, Mark Wall, physio. Everyone is very happy.
“I’m playing good. I like the way everything’s been going. My body’s getting better and better every day, feeling more comfortable doing things on the golf course that maybe I couldn’t do from Augusta to PGA. It’s just getting better and better every day. So I’m very pleased and like my chances.”
Brooks Koepka on the seventeenth inexperienced in the course of the first spherical of the Masters. (Photo: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports)
That goes for this week and at subsequent week’s U.S. Open, which he received in 2017 at Erin Hills and 2018 at Shinnicock.
“I like playing before the U.S. Open, and I’m under repped this whole year. I haven’t played much,” stated Koepka, who has completed simply 24 aggressive rounds in 2021 (he received the Waste Management Phoenix Open in February). “The big thing is just getting big reps under my belt. I felt like I played good at Kiawah. I liked the way I played, putted iffy, didn’t putt too well, but it’s one of those things where I felt like maybe if I had a few more rounds kind of going through the year and was a little more comfortable, it might have been, I guess maybe easier for me.
“So that’s part of the reason why I wanted to play this week. I need to play. I haven’t played enough out here to really feel like, hey, man, I’ve got this shot. I feel comfortable with everything we’re working on, and now that the knee’s not really an issue anymore, it’s getting a lot freer and able to hit golf shots and read putts, get down there fully without bigger effort to get down to read it.”