Brooks Koepka goes ballistic, curses at Ryder Cup rules officials

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New York Post 25 September, 2021 - 03:54pm 50 views

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Sergio just spit out his drink laughing so hard at Brooks Koepka going back and forth with the rules official. pic.twitter.com/5PfC8NRYwZ

— Mark Harris (@itismarkharris) September 25, 2021

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. — Even while piling up points and producing one of its best days in recent Ryder Cup history, the American team’s performance was marred by a couple of salty moments of bad behavior on Saturday at Whistling Straits.

Brooks Koepka went ballistic on two rules officials, cursing at them on the 15th hole during his Saturday morning foursome match alongside Daniel Berger against Spaniards Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia.

The incident occurred with Koepka and Berger 1-down in the foursomes (alternate shot) match when Berger’s second shot landed in a bunker to the right of the fairway. When Koepka, who was hitting next, arrived and surveyed the lie he brought in a rules official to ask for free relief. Koepka argued that there was a drain in front of the ball that he said would interfere with his swing.

“I don’t think it’s going to interfere with the area of your intended swing,” said David Price, the rules official.

“You don’t think my club might hit right there?” Koepka said, pointing downward. “Have you ever seen me hit a ball? There was a root that far down a couple of weeks ago.’’

Koepka referred to hitting a root at the Tour Championship and was forced to withdraw with a wrist injury.

“Just call one of your buddies,” Koepka said to Price, asking for a second opinion.

Mark Wilson, a PGA rules official who’s been on the NBC TV broadcast, explained that bunkers at Whistling Straits have cut-out areas that lead to drains, and on their rules sheet those are considered obstructions.

Price admitted it was an obstruction but ruled that it would not interfere with Koepka’s swing.

“I don’t physically see how you can make a swing and not at some point have this impact or this impact your club,” Berger told the official.

When a European Tour rules official then came in for a second opinion, he agreed with the first ruling and it enraged Koepka, who said, “If I break my wrist, this is on [expletive] both of you.”

There, too, were a couple of moments when U.S. players chided European players for not giving them short putts, which was particularly ridiculous considering how badly the U.S. was beating Europe.

In the morning foursomes, Justin Thomas gestured to his putter grip as he walked off the green, annoyed that he wasn’t conceded the putt in his match because it was inside the leather of the grip.

Later, in the afternoon fourballs, Bryson DeChambeau, after he was made to finish out a par putt of inside three feet, laid his putter down at the hole to show that it was inside the leather — an overt act of annoyance.

On Sky TV, renown swing coach turned commentator Butch Harmon called DeChambeau’s maneuver “classless.’’

Xander Schauffele, who became the seventh American rookie in Ryder Cup history to earn two points on Day 1, joining Tom Watson (1977), Lanny Wadkins (1977), Gardner Dickinson (1967), Bobby Nichols (1967), Arnold Palmer (1961) and Billy Casper (1961), won another point Saturday and is 3-0 entering the Sunday singles.

Dustin Johnson, the top-ranked American player in the world rankings at No. 2, went 2-0-0 on Day 1. The last time the highest-ranked player on the U.S. team earned two points on the first day of the Ryder Cup was in 1995, when Corey Pavin (then No. 7) won both his matches on the opening day. Johnson won his foursomes match Saturday morning and entered his afternoon match with a 3-0 record.

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