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Paul Azinger for Brooks Koepka – If you do not love the Ryder Cup, do not play

Paul Azinger for Brooks Koepka – If you do not love the Ryder Cup, do not play

Paul Azinger’s history with the Ryder Cup goes back more than 30 years, and it’s hard to find anyone more passionate about the competition, even now in his role as a television station.

So the 2008 US Ryder Cup captain did not hold back on Wednesday when asked about Brooks Koepka, who in an interview with Golf Digest recently revealed that he was frustrated with the way the event takes an individual player from what he is used to doing at a regular event.

“I’m not sure he loves the Ryder Cup that much, if he does not love it, he should give up his place and get people there who love it,” Azinger said. “Not everyone embraces it. But if you do not love it and you are not sold out, then I think Brooks – especially by getting hurt – should consider whether he really wants to be there. And if you add Bryson [DeChambeau] dynamic to it, it would be an even easier decision for him. ”

Koepka, 31, injured his left wrist and withdrew during the third round of the Tour Championship two weeks ago when he hit a tree root with full swing out of rough. He played two more holes before pulling out, saying it was a precaution because he had previous injuries to his wrist.

He was the only one of 12 players on the U.S. team who did not attend a training session earlier in the week at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin, to host the Ryder Cup matches, which begin Sept. 24.

In a text message to Golfweek on Wednesday, Koepka wrote that he is “good to go” to the competition against Team Europe.

“I’m fine,” he told Golfweek. “Have done my rehabilitation, done everything I need to do to be ready for the Cup. I’m ready to play there.”

Koepka has also had an ongoing feud with DeChambeau, with US captain Steve Stricker asking both players to put it aside when the Americans face the Europeans.

In a lengthy interview with Golf Digest published Tuesday, Koepka said: “It’s tough. There are times when I like I won my match. I did my job. What do you want from me? I know, how to take responsibility for the shots I hit every week.Now someone else hit a bad shot and left me in a bad place and I know this hole is a loss.It’s new and you need to change that way “You think about things. You go from an individual sport all the time to a team sport a week a year. It’s so far from my normal routine.”


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