‘Y’All Spun It That Way’ – Brooks Koepka Finally Responds to Outrage Over His Ryder Cup Comments

Published 09/24/2021, 1:39 AM EDT
Sep 2, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Brooks Koepka plays his shot from the second tee during the first round of the Tour Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports


Brooks Koepka and his commitment to the Ryder Cup have been in question for a while now. The 31-year-old’s comments on how the iconic tournament is not in his DNA notably raised a few eyebrows. However, Koepka has finally broken his silence over his controversial remarks, speaking his gut about how he truly feels.

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Right before the biennial event began, Koepka cleared the air surrounding him, explaining his stand. For him, the whole thing was not negative, but something he feels was taken out of context. Let’s take a look at what exactly the Florida-native had to say.

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“I never said it was negative,” Koepka said, a day before the Ryder Cup 2020 began. “Y’all spun it that way. I never said it was negative. I said it was different. … I think it’s a lot of fun to play. I wouldn’t be nervous on that first tee if I didn’t care,” he added.  While Koepka’s words from the magazine downplayed his interest in the Ryder Cup, the player was quick to put an end to that thought.

This also sparked questions about Americans and how they can’t play in a team sport. Unlike the Europeans who have been working better together, fans believe the Americans play their best, individually. Koepka’s interview with Golf Digest also had him discussing the Ryder Cup as a team event, something that he isn’t a fan of.

September 21, 2021; Kohler, Wisconsin, USA; U.S. Team player Brooks Koepka (right) hits his fairway shot in front of caddie Ricky Elliott (left) on the eighth hole during a practice round for the 43rd Ryder Cup golf competition at Whistling Straits. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

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Koepka admitted that one can take responsibility for their actions when playing individually. However, during the Ryder Cup, as players represent their team, one bad move can affect someone else’s game as well.

This time, Koepka agreed that while most news about the U.S. team might be true, not everything that goes around is a fact. “Someone’s got to lose, man. There’s two teams playing and there’s going to be a winner and there’s going to be a loser. It just comes down to who plays better, and I think it’s as simple as that.” 

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Aug 6, 2021; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Brooks Koepka waits to putt on the fifth hole during the second round of the WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational golf tournament at TPC Southwind. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Irrespective of what one thinks of Koepka, he will surely be playing for Team USA at the Whistling Straits. The tournament will begin on Friday, September 24.

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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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