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“It doesn’t make my job any easier. I haven’t spoken to either of them, but I’ll have to at some point. I hope they can put their differences aside for this week, be great boys and come together as a team”

Last update: 06/11/21 7:55 PM

Steve Stricker wants Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau to settle their differences

Steve Stryker urged Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau to “put their differences aside” ahead of the Ryder Cup in September.

The pair have been embroiled in an apparent feud since footage of Koepka’s angry reaction and offensive comments towards his American rival leaked shortly after the PGA Championship.

Koepka was interviewed when he was stopped in his tracks while DeChambeau was walking behind him, and potential Ryder Cup teammates continued to post their differences on social media.

DeChambeau was subjected to yells of “Brooksy” from fans at The Memorial, which led to several turning away by security prompting Koepka to offer free cans of beer to those evicted.

Kopka insisted that the disagreement was

Kopka insisted the feud was ‘good for golf’

Both played down the importance of the exchanges, with Koepka insisting earlier this week that their fractious relationship would not affect Team USA’s performance at Whistling Straits, but US team captain Stricker made clear he wanted to resolve the feud.

“That doesn’t make my job any easier, you know?” Stryker said Wisconsin Golf. “I haven’t spoken to either of them, but I’ll have to at some point. We’ll see where you go from there.”

“I hope they can put their differences aside for this week, be big boys and come together as a team.”

Stryker admits that Kupka and Deschamps are unlikely to pair together during the Ryder Cup, but he is acutely aware of the importance of team unity.

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“Obviously I probably wouldn’t pair them together, but I think as the team room moves, you want everyone on board,” Stryker added.

“You can’t have an extremist, or extreme values, causing problems for anyone else. But I’m sure they’re big guys and they can put their differences aside and go from there.”

Kupka also insisted that the ongoing feud with Dechambeau was “good for the game” and claimed that coverage of their war of words would appeal to the younger generation.

DeChambeau shouts out

DeChambeau shouts “Brooksy” at The Memorial

“I think it’s good for the game, and I really do,” Koepka said ahead of this week’s inaugural Palmetto Championships at Congaree. “The fact that golf has been in almost every news outlet for about two weeks pretty consistently.

“I think that’s a good thing. It’s game development. I get the traditionalists who don’t agree with that, and I get that, but I think game development has to get to the younger generation.

“I don’t want to say that’s what it is, but it communicates with a whole group of people. Playing golf in front of people. I think it’s good for the game.”

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