According to Dame Laura Davies, Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau should be grouped together in the first Ryder Cup 2020 foursomes on Friday.
Despite their alleged ongoing conflict, Davies feels Team USA captain Steve Stricker should send out an early sign that the team comes first by putting the two out together. Davies has made 12 Solheim Cup appearances and twice served as an assistant captain for Europe.
Although Stricker has intimated that he will most likely not pair Koepka and DeChambeau against Europe at Whistling Straits, Davies believes they should “suck it up and get that point for the team.”
In the foursomes, Davies would rank the duo third, with Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth leading the home challenge.
If Dame Laura were captain, this is how she would send out the home team for Friday’s foursomes…..
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Davies (Davies): “Without a doubt, you’d have to start with them. Friendships that last. They know the Europeans will know who will start, so they are waiting to be shot at. When you’re a top guy, however, you want it. You want someone to come on and say, ‘We know who we’re up against, let’s get this game started.’ Let’s see who’s up to the task.’ They proved how good they are in Paris, and they are going to be a force to be reckoned with.”
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“I simply believe that’s going to be a fantastic mix for foursomes,” Davies says. “Perhaps not for the fourballs, but definitely for the foursomes.”
Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka
“I’m going to be a little bit controversial,” Davies says. It’s something that everyone wants to see. It isn’t only to irritate everyone. I just think their games would complement one other, and they should put their differences aside. It’s all about the team, and I wouldn’t necessarily want to play against those two if I were a member of the European squad. That is why I placed them there.
“We don’t know the details – they’ve had dinners together this week, and maybe they’ve settled their scores and realised that they can get a point for the American team on Friday morning, which is crucial, especially since the Europeans are usually the stronger in foursomes play. As a result, you must be able to do whatever you want as a captain. I know they claim they aren’t friends, but go ahead and score a point.”
Harris English and Dustin Johnson
Davies (Davies): “Dustin Johnson is self-evident. It’s excellent, and it can play any format. You’d want him as your partner, and [English is] a player who has really impressed this year and is just a solid golfer in general. For me, that’s a fantastic anchor for Americans.”
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