Brooks Koepka qualified for the 2021 Ryder Cup team and earned his right to be there, but after reading his interview with Golf Digest, he isn’t worthy of a spot on Team USA.
Golf Digest put the four-time major champion on the cover of their latest edition, and the story they did with him has people talking. While part of it really saw Koepka open up about what it’s like on Tour and making his circle smaller, the longer I read the less I like him.
That dislike comes from the negative attitude he seems to have now. I’m all for hyping yourself up and having a killer mindset on the course, but can’t you be the same guy we see with Jena Sims goofing around with each other.
Sometimes it seems he has become just this mentality that he acts like in major championships.
Koepka has every right to feel the way he does and act how he wants, so what I say about him won’t affect how he acts or even remotely bother him and it shouldn’t. He earned every bit of where he is at right now, and I don’t blame him for wanting to do things his way.
However, what he had to say about his former Ryder Cup appearances in this interview, isn’t a good look. Koepka’s quotes make him seem really full of himself, egotistical and self-centered. That ego he seems to give off is confusing becuase he is extremely charitable, especially with St. Jude’s. But, the way he talks about the Ryder Cup screams he doesn’t care at all about it.
The comments make me feel like even though he went 3-0-1 as a rookie in 2016 and has a 4-3-1 overall Ryder Cup record, Koepka isn’t a good fit for the team.
I don’t want to say it’s a bad week,” Brooks Koepka said to Golf Digest about the Ryder Cup. “We’re just so individualized, and everybody has their routine and a different way of doing things, and now, it’s like, OK, we have to have a meeting at this time or go do this or go do that. It’s the opposite of what happens during a major week.
Koepka makes it out like he doesn’t even like being on the Ryder Cup team, that the team stuff is too much and something they don’t do during major weeks.
“There are times where I’m 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,” Koepka said in his interview with Golf Digest. Now, somebody else hit a bad shot and left me in a bad spot, and I know this hole is a loss. That’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.
We’re all used to Koepka being blunt and outspoken, but there has to be a line that you don’t cross. Golf fans love when players speak their minds, and so do I, but at the same time, there are some things you say on the record and things you don’t.
You don’t have to enjoy the Ryder Cup, and I get changing your process is tough, but it’s one week out of the even-numbered years. The time of the year is also when there isn’t as much going on, so his opinion is valid, but at the same time it doesn’t scream I want to win this even for my country.
“It’s just maybe not in my DNA, the team sports thing,” Koepka said to Golf Digest.
Team sports aren’t for everyone, and that is okay. However, when you’re trying to win a Ryder Cup for the first time since 2016, one that Koepka helped win, buckle down and deal with it. If this Ryder Cup thing is that taxing on you, then man up and say it isn’t for you. I’m sure if you qualify and don’t want to play, you can say no thank you.
He did for the Olympics, and while it is different, at the same time is it?
There are other players like Billy Horschel, Patrick Reed, heck I’ll even say Kevin Kisner who would love to be on this Ryder Cup team and instead we have a guy like Koepka complaining about team building exercises and the fact that he has to depend on his teammates to help with the score is just terrible.
I’ll say it again, it’s one week out of every other year. Or if you want to include the Presidents Cup teams, one week out of the entire year.
If he doesn’t want to be on the team, then he shouldn’t have to be. It wouldn’t shock me to see him withdraw because of that wrist injury. Koepka wasn’t with the team on Monday when they showed up at Whistling Straits. As the saying goes, one of these things isn’t like the other, and while he’s an incredible golfer, maybe Ryder Cup team member shouldn’t be on this year’s resume.