Former Ryder Cup Captain Wants Brooks Koepka to ‘Relinquish’ Ryder Cup Spot Over Disparaging Comments

Published 09/17/2021, 11:49 AM EDT
Jun 24, 2021; Cromwell, Connecticut, USA; Brooks Koepka plays his shot on the 18th hole during the first round of the Travelers Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports


Every two years, selected golfers from the USA and Europe come together for the Ryder Cup. An individual sport otherwise, players have to play as a team for three days when the biennial tournament arrives. Naturally, it remains a difficult adjustment for players, who have to work hard to play in sync. During a recent interview, Brooks Koepka shared his views on the same.

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However, his words seem to have affected a few others like Paul Azinger, who has spoken up about Kopeka and his recent interview. According to Azinger, Koepka might not actually be a fan of the Ryder Cup.

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What does Paul Azinger have to say about Brooks Koepka and his Ryder Cup comments?

While talking to Golf Digest, Koepka admitted that playing at the Ryder Cup is indeed difficult. When playing individually, one can take responsibility for their actions. During the Ryder Cup, as one plays as a team, one bad move can affect someone else’s game as well. In the end, it is a stark contrast from Koepka’s actual schedule, and he does not see his personal team enough.

Adding on to that, he added that he cannot make it to the gym often either, and had to do so at 5:00 AM during the President’s Cup. “I might take an hour, hour-and-a-half nap, or just chill on the couch and watch “SportsCenter,” before rounds, after rounds, whatever. There’s no time to do that at the Ryder Cup. There’s no time to decompress”. 

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
On the other hand, former Ryder Cup captain Paul Azinger was speaking to NBC Golf when he expressed his opinion on Koepka’s comments. “Brooks, I just read that article, I’m not sure he loves the Ryder Cup that much. If he doesn’t love it, he should relinquish his spot and get people there who do love the Ryder Cup”.

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Azinger added that not everyone can embrace their place, and if someone is not ‘sold out’, they should consider their spot on the team – especially if they are hurt.

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The 61-year-old agreed that Koepka is one of the most honest guys on the Tour, and if he does not want to be on the team, he should not be.

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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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