Steve Stricker Confident That Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka Will Put Country First Before Anything

Published 08/26/2021, 10:30 AM EDT
Aug 19, 2021; Jersey City, New Jersey, USA; Bryson DeChambeau watches his approach shot on the 17th hole during the first round of The Northern Trust golf tournament at the Liberty National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports


The 2020 Ryder Cup is less than a month away. And the team U.S. has already announced five players who have qualified. Collin Morikawa, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Thomas, and Brooks Koepka. But, the feud between Bryson and Koepka is a worrying sign for the Team U.S. as they will share the same space for a week during the Ryder Cup. 

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However, the team U.S. captain has clarified that the feud between these two will not be an issue at the Ryder Cup. Steve Stricker recently contacted both these players and has warned them to watch their conduct at the Ryder Cup. 

Steve assures Bryson DeChambeau, and Brooks Koepka’s rift is “not going to be an issue”

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May 19, 2021; Kiawah Island, South Carolina, USA; Brooks Koepka stands on the fifteenth green during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament at Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Resort. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Moments after Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka qualified for the Ryder Cup, Steve contacted them and revealed. “They assured me that the team and the country and everything else that goes into this is their top priority,” said Stricker. “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.”

Steve said, “We haven’t heard Brooks say anything about Bryson lately. This Ryder Cup means a lot to these guys. Neither one wants to be the root of a problem. They both understand.”

Brooks Koepka had dismissed the chances of the rift affecting the team for the Ryder Cup. But he also dismissed the idea of playing with Bryson on the first two days at Wisconsin next month. 

It’s only a week I can put it aside for business,” said Koepka at The Open Championship. “If we’re going to be on the same team, I can deal with anybody in the world for a week.”

He continued, “But I’m not playing with him. I’m pretty sure we’re not going to be paired together; put it that way. I think it’s kind of obvious. It doesn’t matter. I don’t think we’re going to be high-fiving and having late-night conversations. I do my thing, he does his thing.”

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Steve Stricker, not keen on pairing Bryson and Brooks together

Jun 4, 2021; Dublin, Ohio, USA; Bryson DeChambeau hits his tee shot on the 18th hole during the conclusion of the rain-delayed first round of the Memorial Tournament golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Meanwhile, even though Brooks Koepka had dismissed the idea of playing with Bryson during The Open Championship, Bryson seems to welcome the idea of being paired with Koepka. However, Steve Stricker, the captain of the team U.S., doesn’t seem to be keen about this pairing. 

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“I’m not going to tell you there’s no chance, but I don’t see it happening, no,” he said. “I don’t think they want to play together.”

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Amey Kulkarni

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Amey Kulkarni is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in mass media. Before joining EssentiallySports he used to write articles on Golf and Cricket on his personal blog cricgolf.

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