Brooks Koepka will be an integral part of the U.S. team during the upcoming Ryder Cup, but his recent comments about being on the squad drew anger from former member Paul Azinger.
Azinger, who was captain of the American team when it ended its losing streak against Team Europe in 2008, took issue with Koepka’s recent comments on how the Ryder Cup takes from the individual player. Azinger told ESPN that if Koepka did not like it, he would have to give up his seat.
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“I’m not sure he loves the Ryder Cup so much, if he does not love it, he should give up his place and get people there who love it,” said the 1993 PGA winner. “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.Or if you add Bryson [DeChambeau] dynamic to it, it would be an even easier decision for him. “
Koepka has suffered a wrist injury that caused him to withdraw from The Tour Championship. Either way, he was named to the U.S. team for the Ryder Cup, which is set to take place on Whistling Straits, Wisconsin beginning Sept. 24.
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He was part of the American team’s victory in 2016 and was also on the team in 2018.
He told Golf Digest earlier this week that he was upset about the team’s dynamics in the Ryder Cup.
“It’s hard. There are times when I like that 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 another hit a bad shot and left me in a bad place and I know this hole is a loss.It’s new and you have to change the way you think about things.You go from an individual sport all the time to a team sport one week a year. That’s so far from my normal routine. “
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The Ryder Cup in 2021 was to be played last year, but it was moved to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.