- U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Steve Stricker doesn’t think there should be any worry for drama between Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau.
- Stricker gave an update about the rivalry between the soon-to-be teammates at Whistling Straits.
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Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau are going to have to hit pause on their rivalry, not because either one has called a truce or anything, but because they’re about to have to represent the United States alongside one another at the Ryder Cup.
Wearing the red, white, and blue and taking down the Europeans on home soil is more important than getting insight numbers up on social media. U.S. team captain Steve Stricker confirmed both players share that same mindset.
Stricker recently told Sports Illustrated that he had separate phone conversations with both Koepka and DeChambeau last week expressing his concern that their ongoing beef could negatively affect Team USA.
“They assured me that the team and the country and everything else that goes into this is their [top priority],” Stricker said. “They said it’s not going to be an issue, and I believe them. I trust them. As far as I’m concerned, it’s been put to bed.”
“This Ryder Cup means a lot to these guys. Neither one wants to be the root of a problem. They both understand.”
Based on those comments, it’s safe to say that we won’t be hearing any stories about the two getting into fights at the Ryder Cup. Having said that, by no means is the rivalry over, at least there are no signs of that. The beef will most likely end after they each get bonus checks from the Tour via its new Player Impact Program, coincidentally, of course.
Now, will we see Koepka and DeChambeau team up at the Ryder Cup? Stricker all but confirmed that that’s definitely not going to happen.
“I’m not going to tell you there’s no chance,” he replied, “but I don’t see it happening, no. I don’t think they want to play together.”
If the U.S. is in a position to win the Ryder Cup at the end of September, chances are that the rivalry between Koepka and DeChambeau wasn’t a story throughout the week and the two simply went about their business.