Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka’s feud is a “non-issue,” according to US Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker, ahead of this weekend’s match at Whistling Straits.
DeChambeau and Koepka, two-time major champions who have traded public blows in recent years, are teammates for hosts USA, who are attempting to reclaim the title they lost at Le Golf National in 2018.
Koepka stated DeChambeau was “fair game” ahead of this year’s Open Championship after his countryman allegedly failed to follow through on a promise they made in 2019 to keep any personal conflicts quiet.
“For me and the team, it’s a non-issue,” Stricker said in a pre-tournament news conference on Monday.
“We had a meeting a few weeks ago [with his five vice-captains], and I’ve spoken with both of them. They have told me that it will not be a problem. I am completely unconcerned.”
The PGA Tour has cautioned fans who attack DeChambeau with “Brooksy” chants that they could be barred from future events due to the public nature of their feud.
Stricker, who is one of eight American players in the world’s top ten, predicted that the feuding duo will not partner up for the matchplay competition in Wisconsin.
“Will they be paired together? At this time, I don’t believe so, but things could change “he stated “It might always happen, but it’s unlikely.”
After injured his wrist during the season-ending Tour Championship earlier this month, world No. 10 Koepka was an injury doubt, but Stricker claimed the four-time major winner is fully recovered for the three-day event.
“Since that happened, I’ve been talking to him and checking in with him every couple of days. He assures me that everything is in working order and that everything is ready to leave “The captain of the US Navy stated.
Stricker also brushed aside any worries raised by Koepka’s apparent disinterest in the Ryder Cup in a recent interview with Golf Digest.
The event was “a little awkward,” according to Koepka, who believes he isn’t made out for team sports because it broke his normal routine.
“I’ve discussed it with him,” Stricker added. “What I’ve personally witnessed in the team room contradicts what I’ve read in those stories. Again, Brooks is not a concern for me.”
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