While most of the golf world is enjoying the show Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau are putting on, U.S. Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker isn’t thrilled with the rivalry between two of his star players.
“Yeah, it’s not making my job any easier, you know?” Stricker said, according to Golf.com’s James Colgan.
He continued: “I haven’t talked to either one of them. I will have to at some point. We’ll see where it goes from there. Hopefully, they can put their differences aside for the week, be big boys, and come together as a team.”
Despite Stricker’s concerns, Koepka isn’t sold on the idea that his beef with DeChambeau would negatively impact the American squad.
“I don’t see why it would,” Koepka said Wednesday, according to ASAP Sports.
Koepka added: “There’s only eight guys that are playing, four guys are sitting, whatever. I mean, I play with one other guy. … 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.”
Stricker confirmed that keeping the two separated on the course is the obvious choice, but he still wants cohesion between all members of his team.
“Obviously, I probably wouldn’t pair them together, but I think as the team room goes, you want everybody on board,” he said. “You can’t have an outlier or outliers making trouble for everybody else. But I’m sure they’re big men, and they can put their differences aside and go from there.”
DeChambeau sits second in the U.S. Ryder Cup standings, and Koepka is fifth. The top six players automatically qualify for the team, with Stricker rounding out the squad with six captain’s picks.
The Ryder Cup begins Sept. 24 from Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.