Brooks Koepka Speaks Out on LIV Golfers Being Snubbed at Ryder Cup
Brooks Koepka, the lone LIV golfer playing in this year’s Ryder Cup, has spoken out about the selection process for the biennial competition between the United States and Europe. In an interview, Koepka made it clear that the answer to being snubbed was simple: play better.
Koepka, a five-time major winner and recent winner of the 2023 PGA Championship, secured his spot in the Ryder Cup with his impressive performance at the Wanamaker Trophy tournament. When asked about LIV golfers feeling snubbed, Koepka did not hold back in his response.
“Play better,” he said. “That’s always the answer.”
His remarks come in contrast to Bryson DeChambeau’s recent statement. DeChambeau, who won the LIV Golf event at Rich Harvest Farms last week, expressed his disappointment in not receiving a call from U.S. captain Zach Johnson leading up to the Ryder Cup. DeChambeau also mentioned that he felt there were other deserving players who were overlooked.
“If you look at it, it would have been nice to at least just have a call,” DeChambeau said. “There’s numerous people that I think Zach should have called out here, and we didn’t get that.”
Dustin Johnson, another player who felt he could have made the team if he was playing on the PGA Tour, also shared his thoughts on the selection process.
On the other hand, Koepka, who finished T-2 at the 2023 Masters, revealed that the Ryder Cup became a priority for him after his performance in Augusta, Georgia. While he acknowledges that he had other things on his mind when he made the switch to LIV last summer, he believes that everyone had an equal opportunity to qualify for the Ryder Cup.
“I don’t make the decisions,” Koepka said. “Everybody had an opportunity to get there. I mean, I had the same opportunity as every other LIV player, and I’m here.”
This is Koepka’s fourth consecutive Ryder Cup appearance. With a record of 6-5-1 overall and a 2-0-1 record in singles matches, he has proven to be a valuable asset to the U.S. team.
Despite the differing opinions among LIV golfers, the Ryder Cup promises to be an exciting and highly competitive event. As the tournament kicks off in Rome, Italy, all eyes will be on Koepka and the rest of the players as they vie for victory on the world stage.
In the end, it will be their performance on the golf course that determines who truly deserved a spot on the team. The Ryder Cup is not a place for grievances, but an opportunity to showcase their skills and compete against the best from Europe.