LIV Star Brooks Koepka slams teammate in scathing interview.
Five-time major winner Brooks Koepka has never been shy when it comes to speaking what’s on his mind, so while his damning criticism of Smash GC teammate Matthew Wolff may have come as a bit of a surprise on Thursday, it shouldn’t come as a total shock.
In an interview with Sports Illustrated Koepka didn’t hold anything back when talking about his current teammate.
"“I mean, when you quit on your round, you give up and stuff like that, that’s not competing,” said Koepka. “I’m not a big fan of that. You don’t work hard. It’s very tough. It’s very tough to have even like a team dynamic when you’ve got one guy that won’t work, one guy is not going to give any effort, he’s going to quit on the course, break clubs, gets down, bad body language, it’s very tough. I’ve basically given up on him—a lot of talent, but I mean the talent’s wasted.”"
The LIV Star and Smash GC Captain’s damning words paint a harsh reality of just how far Matthew Wolff has fallen in a very short period of time.
Wolff was just the latest in a long line of young talent when he began his professional golfing career alongside the likes of Bryson DeChambeau and Collin Morikawa.
The promising young player with an extremely unique golf swing found immediate success as a professional, beating the aforementioned Morikawa and DeChambeau at the 2019 3M Open in just his third start as a professional.
With both Bryson DeChambeau and Collin Morikawa’s almost immediate success in majors soon after, it was understandable why so much was also expected of the talented young Wolff.
That promise never quite materialized for Matthew, however, and in 2021 he made the decision to step away from the game for a period of time. A myriad of mixed results in 2022 led to the 23-year-old, at the time, electing to take his talents to the LIV Tour.
Wolff debuted on the LIV circuit at the Portland Inv. in June of 2022.
Matthew had a run of decent results throughout the remainder of the year, but as the calendar flipped to 2023 the disappointing performances began to resurface for the Smash GC member.
A run of four events, which included no finish higher than a 34th and a withdrawal after two rounds of this year’s LIV DC event, had some speculating that Wolff had been kicked off the Smash GC team.
Despite the rumors, Wolff was on the team at last week’s LIV Golf Valderrama event and he is once again set to tee it up for Koepka’s team at Centurion Club just outside of London this weekend.
“I’m here, you know, trying to do what I can to play the best round of golf and that’s going to help the team,” Wolff told Sports Illustrated. “I’m just here to focus on myself and try to play some good golf and that’s what everyone’s really trying to do, because golf is trying to put the best score up and then if that helps your team it’s great.”
Wolff was then asked by SI if he wanted to be on another team, to which he responded by walking away from the question without giving a response.
With Koepka stating that he has ‘given up’ on him and Wolff’s continued run of poor results, it would certainly appear as though his days on Smash GC are limited.
The talent has always been there for the 24-year-old but struggles both on and off the course along with a reportedly questionable work ethic seemingly appears as though it will prevent Matthew from reaching his full potential on the course any time soon.
And Brook’s damning comments about his current teammate on Thursday really do paint a harsh reality of just how far Wolff has fallen in a short span of time.