PGA’s Brooks Koepka says feud with Bryson DeChambeau ‘good for the sport’-Sports activities Information , Alenz

PGA’s Brooks Koepka says feud with Bryson DeChambeau ‘good for the sport’-Sports activities Information , Alenz

Koepka, who shared second in final month’s PGA Championship at Kiawah Island, returns to South Carolina for this week’s PGA Palmetto Championship at Congaree, which changed the Canadian Open that was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

PGA's Brooks Koepka says feud with Bryson DeChambeau 'good for the game'

File picture of Brooks Koepka. AP

Washington: 4-time main winner Brooks Koepka says his feud with reigning US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau is “good for the sport” and will not be a US Ryder Cup staff distraction.

Koepka, who shared second in final month’s PGA Championship at Kiawah Island, returns to South Carolina for this week’s PGA Palmetto Championship at Congaree, which changed the Canadian Open that was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The one-off occasion is the final PGA Tour cease earlier than subsequent week’s US Open at Torrey Pines, the place DeChambeau will defend his first main title.

A video of Koepka being irritated as DeChambeau walked previous on the PGA Championship went viral and has sparked a social media alternate that included Koepka providing free beer for hecklers of DeChambeau tossed out of final week’s Memorial event.

The eye to each golfers will assist them in quest of a brand new pool of bonus cash for recognition, however Koepka additionally sees the over-the-top rivalry as a lift to golf.

“I feel it is good for the sport. I actually do,” Koepka stated on Wednesday. “The truth that golf’s on just about each information outlet for about two weeks fairly constantly, I feel that is factor. It is rising the sport.

“I get the traditionalists who do not agree with it. I perceive that, however I feel to develop the sport you have to attain out to the youthful era… it is reaching out to a complete bunch of individuals. It is getting golf in entrance of individuals.”

It may additionally put them middle stage on the Ryder Cup, with DeChambeau ranked second in factors and Koepka fifth. Six gamers will qualify on factors and US captain Steve Stricker may have six captain’s selections.

However Stricker may also have an issue with poisoned chemistry if DeChambeau and Koepka deliver a spat into the US locker room when the American staff hosts holders Europe subsequent September at Whistling Straits.

“I do not see why it will,” Koepka stated of the potential for damaging US staff chemistry.

“There are solely eight guys which might be enjoying, 4 guys are sitting, no matter. I imply, I play with one different man. To illustrate I do not play with Bryson or Bryson does not play with me, he takes care of his match, and I’d maintain my match, and I do not know the way that has any impact.

“What you do off the golf course does not have any impact on the golf course.”

Koepka performed on successful US sides on the 2016 Ryder Cup and 2017 Presidents Cup and was on the 2018 US Ryder Cup squad that misplaced in France, so he is aware of simply how a lot time he and DeChambeau is perhaps spending round one another on the Ryder Cup.

“Everyone seems to be simply form of round one another, between dinners, all of the various things we have got going,” Koepka stated. “Yeah, we’re round one another.”

‘It was simply so loud’ 

Koepka stated he did not thoughts the eye his emotions about DeChambeau have gotten since a one-off second final month.

“It does not hassle me, actually,” he stated. “It is nothing I am terribly upset about.

“He did not say something to me. I used to be proper in entrance of the microphones the place you guys all had been, and I do not wish to say he was like screaming — he was saying one thing about how he hit an ideal shot and it should not have been there — and it was simply very, very loud.

“Hey, look, we’re all form of on this space, simply tone it down, and it was simply so loud. Then I feel he realised that he had gotten proper behind me, and he toned it down a bit bit.”

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