Jon Rahm, the Spanish professional golfer, has responded to American golfer Brooks Koepka’s accusation that he acted like a child during the Ryder Cup. Rahm admitted to hitting one of the boards leading up to the 18th tee out of frustration but stated that he has no issues with Koepka.
In Friday’s four-ball match, Rahm and his partner Nicolai Hojgaard managed to secure a crucial half-point for Europe against Koepka and Scottie Scheffler on the 18th hole. Rahm showcased his remarkable skills by chipping in for an eagle from 63 feet on the 16th hole and sinking a 35-foot putt on the 18th to tie the match.
Koepka expressed his frustration in a post-match interview, mentioning Rahm’s behavior. However, Rahm shrugged off the comments and stated that he plays and competes in the way he thinks is necessary. While acknowledging that he left a 10-foot putt short on the 17th hole, Rahm explained that hitting the board sideways was a way for him to release some frustration. He emphasized that he kept walking and never stopped, brushing off any criticism of his actions.
Rahm further added that he is comfortable with who he is and what he does on the golf course, expressing that his level of anger during the incident was relatively low. He asserted that hitting the board was a means to perform under those circumstances and that it worked out for him in the end.
Regarding his relationship with Koepka, Rahm stated that he had never had an issue with him. However, he did mention that he was unaware of their current standing after the recent incident. Rahm had presumed that they had a good relationship up until that point.
While Rahm acknowledged Koepka’s comments, he made it clear that he is focused on his performance in the Ryder Cup rather than engaging in social media discussions. Regardless of any differing opinions on his actions, Rahm remains confident in himself and his abilities as a golfer.
As the Ryder Cup continues, it will be interesting to see how Rahm’s response to Koepka’s criticism affects their relationship and whether it has any impact on their performance on the course.