Steve Stricker asks Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka to sort out their issues 'like big boys' before Ryder Cup
Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka.
Steve Stricker has told Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka that their feud will make his Ryder Cup captaincy "harder" and will ask them to solve their problems "like big boys" before the US tries to win the trophy back in September.
So much for the ongoing banter that “has no influence on what is happening on the pitch” during the biennial dedusting in Whistling Straits. That's what Koepka claimed on Wednesday. Stricker thinks differently as he tries to address the age-old American failure not to connect as a unit in the three-day game.
"Yeah, that doesn't make my job any easier, you know?" Said Stricker when asked after the series. “I haven't spoken to any of them, but it has to be at some point. We'll see where it goes from there. Hopefully they can put their differences aside for the week, be big guys, and come together as a team.
"Of course, I probably wouldn't combine them [in Foursomes and Four-Balls]," Stricker added to wisconsingolf.com. “But you want everyone on board in the team room. You can't have an outlier or runaway that is causing trouble for everyone else. But I'm sure they are great men and can put their differences aside and move on from there. "
Koepka and DeChambeau have been at odds for two years after the former criticized the latter's pace of play. DeChambeau hit back, ridiculing Koepka's body and suggesting that his rival had amassed with chemical help. The dispute deepened at the US PGA Championship last month when a leaked video showed Koepka rolling her eyes and uttering profanity when DeChambeau walked by rather loudly while Koepka was doing a TV interview.
It got even worse last week when DeChambeau first drove fans away at the memorial tournament when they kept shouting "Go Brooksy" and when Koepka, who was not in Ohio, posted a video on social media in which he offered free crates of beer to all kicked out supporters. In response, DeChambeau suggested that Koepka should be disciplined by the PGA Tour.
Koepka is competing in the Palmetto Championship this week, but DeChambeau is resting before his US Open defense at Torrey Pines, which begins next Thursday. Stricker believes the US Golf Association should perhaps put Koepka and DeChambeau in the same group for the first two rounds in San Diego to tip things off.
"I heard a rumor that they were going to get together at the US Open," said Stricker. "I heard that. I don't know if that's true or not. But that would be interesting. I told my wife (Nicki), maybe I'll sit down with them at a tournament and see how it is." goes. "
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