Golf world reacts to tough Bryson DeChambeau absence

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Brooks Koepka (pictured right) and Bryson DeChambeau (pictured left) attend the Ryder Cup opening ceremony.
Brooks Koepka (pictured right) and Bryson DeChambeau (pictured left) won't play together in the morning foursome at the Ryder Cup. (Getty Images)

Golf fans have been left deflated after controversial golfer Bryson DeChambeau wasn't picked for the opening round of the RyderCup.

Normally, if there is any bad blood at the biennial event, it is between the two sides and their fans, but this time the spotlight has been locked on the bickering US superstar teammates DeCheambeau and Brooks Koepka.

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The pair have made it obvious they aren't the best of friends on the golf course with Koepka reacting with disdain towards his fellow American during an interview earlier this year.

DeChambeau was also heckled at Torrey Pines when fans used Koepka's to address him throughout the course.

US captain Steve Stricker has done his best to try to dismiss the drama as overblown and a non-issue, but the squabble has lingered throughout the build-up with the event set to tee off on Friday.

Koepka was offered a last opportunity at his news conference on the eve of competition to put the rift to rest but instead sounded very much like someone forced into an arranged marriage.

"We are on the same team together," summed up the world number 10. "We've had dinner almost every night as a team.

However, fans might have to wait for any fireworks after Stricker chose to sit out DeChambeau from the morning foursome.

While it remains to be seen when DeChambeau will play, Stricker said: "He is going to get his turn at some point."

"These guys know the plan for the most part and are willing to do anything for the betterment of the team."

Fans were left disappointed the pair weren't taking the first morning by storm.

Koepka even made a tongue-in-cheek post about the reported feud.

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Koepka was offered a last opportunity at his news conference on the eve of competition to put the rift to rest but instead sounded very much like someone forced into an arranged marriage.

"We are on the same team together," summed up the world number 10. "We've had dinner almost every night as a team.

"I got here on Monday.

"Everyone who is on our team is interacting and everybody is participating in conversations and doing everything we need to do."

The answer and robotic tone did not sound like someone who had settled his differences and made peace.

Bryson DeChambeau (pictured left) applauds and Brooks Koepka (pictured right) stands at the opening ceremony for the 43rd Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits on September 23, 2021 in Kohler, Wisconsin.
Bryson DeChambeau (pictured left) and Brooks Koepka (pictured right) attend the opening ceremony for the 43rd Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits on September 23, 2021 in Kohler, Wisconsin.

DeChambeau, speaking to reporters on Tuesday, had a much more positive spin, suggesting the quarrel had been driven by a lot of external factors and that the two were now good and even had dinner on Monday.

He even left his news conference throwing out a teaser that "there may be something fun coming up" with Koepka in the future.

That was news to Koepka. If DeChambeau had plans, he evidently hadn't shared them with him.

"I have no idea," snarled Koepka. "I didn't listen to the comments or hear what he said, so I have no idea."

Koepka and DeChambeau will not be the first teammates to put their differences aside for the greater good, both agreeing they are at Whistling Straits for one reason only - to win the Ryder Cup.

Koepka also defended comments he made in a recent interview where he seemed to criticise the Ryder Cup for the disruption it can create.

Bryson DeChambeau (pcitured left) and Brooks Koepka (pictured right) attend the opening ceremony for the 43rd Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits on September 23, 2021 in Kohler, Wisconsin.
Bryson DeChambeau (pictured left) and Brooks Koepka (pictured right) attend the opening ceremony for the 43rd Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits on September 23, 2021 in Kohler, Wisconsin. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

The backlash was harsh, with former captain Paul Azinger saying that if he did not particularly care for the event, he should give his spot on the team to someone who does.

"I never said it was negative, you all spun it that way," said Koepka. "I said it was different.

"That doesn't mean it's bad.

"I enjoy it. I think it's a lot of fun to play.

"I can only do my job and then you all report whatever your opinion or side might be.

"It's how you guys take it and spin it - and you guys spun it negatively."

with AAP

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