When Would Steve Stricker Have Let Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka Team Up?

Published 10/09/2021, 1:31 AM EDT
Golf – The 2020 Ryder Cup – Whistling Straits, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, U.S. – September 23, 2021 Team USA’s Brooks Koepka and Team USA’s Bryson DeChambeau during the opening ceremony REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst


When the Ryder Cup teams were confirmed, the news of Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau playing together raised eyebrows. Notably, the two players have been involved in an infamous feud since 2019, something which only got worse over time. Regardless of the anticipation, though, the two of them did not team-up. Now, fans wonder, when would Steve Stricker have clubbed the two together during the Ryder Cup?

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The US Team ended up recording a historic 19-9 win. Koepka scored 2-2-0 overall, while DeChambeau scored 2-0-1. Both of their wins helped the home team secure the victory. Next, DeChambeau and Koepka will be seen in The Match in November.

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Golf – The 2020 Ryder Cup – Whistling Straits, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, U.S. – September 26, 2021 Team USA’s Bryson DeChambeau reacts after holing his putt on the 9th green to win the hole during the Singles REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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When would Steve Stricker want Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau to play together?

According to Stricker, he would have paired DeChambeau and Koepka together if they started performing badly during the final session or so. “We kind of had it in our back pocket for like Saturday afternoon if we needed it, if we were down and we wanted to provide some sort of lift or spice to the team,” Stricker said. 

However, Stricker admitted that if they played together, it would be a story bigger than the Ryder Cup itself. He added that it was something he and the assistants agreed upon. “We felt like it may have been — if we did put them together, that that story would have been bigger than the story itself, you know, the team and trying to win the cup. So we kind of shelved it, I guess.”

Over the course of the event, we also saw the two hug, indicating their rivalry was no longer an issue.

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Team USA grew close over the few weeks they were together. Their chemistry transferred on the course, keeping them in the lead on all days.

Golf – The 2020 Ryder Cup – Whistling Straits, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, U.S. – September 23, 2021 Team USA captain Steve Stricker reacts as he speaks during the opening ceremony REUTERS/Brian Snyder

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This November, Koepka, and DeChambeau will play in The Match. This is DeChambeau’s second time at the event, the first time being with Aaron Rodgers against Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady. On the other hand, Koepka will be making his debut. Last year, he donated $100,000 for COVID-19 relief for the ‘Champions for Charity’ edition. Are you excited to see the two Titans go head-to-head?

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Devika Pawar is a Golf and NBA writer at Essentially Sports. A psychology graduate from KJ Somaiya, Devika has an experience with sportswriting at Republic World for around two years now. She loves NBA a little too much, and is a dedicated Golden State Warriors fan.

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