At last, the Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka feud has been put to sleep ahead of the Ryder Cup, at least according to U.S. team Captain, Steve Stricker.
The feud between the pair of U.S. Open winners reared itself during this year’s PGA Championship when Koepka was visibly infuriated by DeChambeau’s very presence during a Golf Channel interview on day two at Kiawah Island.
Despite their animosity, USA Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker does not expect their bitterness to impact the dynamic of the team. Stricker has spoken to both players individually, and the duo reportedly told their captain that they won’t have any issues when they transition from rivals to team-mates at Whistling Straits next month.
“They assured me that the team and the country and everything else that goes into this is their top priority,” Stricker told Sports Illustrated.
“They said it’s not going to be an issue, and I believe them. I trust them. As far as I’m concerned, it’s been put to bed.”
Stricker’s sentiment echoes what both Koepka and DeChambeau have said in the past when commenting on their relationship at the Ryder Cup. The pair believe they can set aside their differences for the team, although Koepka admitted he will continue to poke DeChambeau, if it is warranted.
Last month, the 31-year-old said he can deal with anybody in the world for a week, adding that he would be a professional and act in the best interests of Team USA.
DeChambeau and Koepka are expected to be among the six automatic qualifiers for the team, based on points. Stricker will appoint the other six players after the Tour Championship. DeChambeau is currently third on the team points table with Koepka fourth.