‘There’s only 3 of us on our team’

by Joanne Miller

Brooks Koepka Takes a Shot at Matthew Wolff During LIV Golf Jeddah

Brooks Koepka is known for his candid and straightforward demeanor. He doesn’t hold back when expressing his opinions, and his latest comment at LIV Golf Jeddah is no exception. Koepka, the defending champion, currently holds a three-shot lead over Sergio Garcia and Charles Howell III going into the final round in Saudi Arabia.

During a press conference after Friday’s round, Koepka was asked about the brotherhood within his Smash GC team, which includes his brother Chase Koepka, along with Jason Kokrak and Matthew Wolff. However, Koepka’s response appeared to exclude Wolff from the team’s camaraderie.

“There’s only three of us on our team,” Koepka said. “I mean, obviously my brother, I’m pretty tight with him, and then—I’ve enjoyed being around Jay for the last—I’ve been pretty close with Jay for maybe the last three years. I’ve enjoyed being around him. He’s a good player, super talented. It’s been fun to be around him, and he’s played pretty solid this year. Yeah, I can’t say anything bad about him.”

Noticeably absent from Koepka’s comments was any mention of Wolff, indicating a potential rift between the two. This isn’t the first time the duo’s relationship has been questioned. In July, Koepka openly criticized Wolff’s work ethic and attitude. In response, Wolff questioned Koepka’s leadership abilities.

Wolff, currently tied for 42nd place at 1 over, hasn’t had a stellar season. Since LIV Golf Adelaide in April, his best finish has been fifth place at the Greenbrier. He is currently 25th in the season-long points race and could potentially be traded or released from his team during the offseason transfer period.

Given the tension between Koepka and Wolff, it seems unlikely that Wolff will return to the Smash GC team next season. Their public comments and lack of acknowledgment from Koepka at the tournament point to a strained relationship that may be beyond repair.

As the final round of LIV Golf Jeddah approaches, it will be interesting to see how this dynamic plays out within the Smash GC team. Will the tension impact their performance or motivate them to prove their individual worth on the course?

Regardless of the outcome, it’s clear that Koepka isn’t one to mince words, and his comments have provided an intriguing subplot to the tournament. Fans will be watching closely to see how this drama unfolds and whether it has any lasting implications for Koepka, Wolff, and the future of the Smash GC team.


GolfWeek: [https://golfweek.usatoday.com/2023/10/14/liv-golf-jeddah-brooks-koepka-takes-shot-matthew-wolff/](https://golfweek.usatoday.com/2023/10/14/liv-golf-jeddah-brooks-koepka-takes-shot-matthew-wolff/)

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