Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka might be teammates for the US within the Ryder Cup subsequent month. You have not favored one another very a lot previously two years. Drawback? Not after US captain Steve Stricker, who says that each gamers agreed on behalf of the workforce’s unit to cease chirping for a couple of days.
However it appears an excessive amount of to be anticipated for 2 of the world’s finest gamers to come back collectively in the course of the competitors.
“I am not going to let you know there is not any probability,” Stricker instructed Sports activities Illustrated’s John Hawkins this week, “however I do not see it, no. I do not assume they wish to play collectively.”
Koepka has made it clear that he does not. He instructed reporters on the British Open in July that he may put the feud apart “for enterprise causes” however was not excited about partnering.
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“If we’re on the identical workforce, I can cope with anybody on the planet for every week,” Koepka mentioned on Golfweek. “I do not play with him. I am fairly certain we cannot go collectively. Let’s put it that means. We’re not going to be excessive 5 and have late night time conversations. I do my factor; he does his factor “
DeChambeau, however, was open to the concept of banding collectively, if solely to mess with folks.
“I believe it might be form of humorous really. I believe we might do effectively to be sincere,” DeChambeau mentioned on Golfweek. “It might create a little bit fascinating ambiance for the workforce or the fellows we’re taking part in in opposition to.”
Stricker may have a number of choices to pair the gamers in sixth (DeChambeau) and eighth (Koepka) within the official golf world rankings. The primary two days of the Ryder Cup include pair video games, in fourball and foursomes (i.e. alternate shot). There might be morning and afternoon periods daily, which implies there might be 4 openings to mix.
Paul Azinger, who led the US to a five-point win on the 2008 Ryder Cup, instructed Hawkins that he and Stricker mentioned the DeChambeau and Koepka dynamics. Azinger referred to the pairing of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson in 2004 by then-US captain Hal Sutton. Woods and Mickelson have been misplaced 0-2 of their video games and the US misplaced 18 1 / 2-9 1/2 to Europe.
“(Stricker) is aware of the chance is similar as what Hal took with Tiger and Phil, however it could work both means, complete ache within the ass,” Azinger instructed Hawkins.