Azinger Calls on Koepka to “Relinquish” Ryder Cup Spot ￼
NBC Sports commentator and former U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Paul Azinger is calling on Brooks Koepka to give up his Ryder Cup spot.
This comes after Koepka trashed the Ryder Cup experience during an interview with Golf Digest on Tuesday.
“Brooks, I just read that article, I’m not sure he loves the Ryder Cup that much. If he doesn’t love it, he should relinquish his spot and get people there who do love the Ryder Cup,” said Azinger during an NBC Golf media call on Wednesday.
He continued, “Not everybody embraces it. But if you don’t love it, and you’re not sold out, then I think Brooks should, you know, especially being hurt, consider whether or not he really wants to be there.”
Azinger also hit on the rivalry between Koepka and fellow Ryder Cup teammate Bryson DeChambeau.
The veteran golfer and commentator hinted that the hatred the two have for each other could bring down the team.
“And then if you add the Bryson dynamic to that, that might be an easier decision for him. But Brooks is one of the most candid, most honest guys there ever ism and if he’s blatantly honest with himself and he doesn’t want to be there, he should come out and say it. But, I don’t know, I’m a fan of both players, and I just feel like it’s gonna be one or the other. They’re gonna put the weight of the team on their shoulders or they’re gonna be a pain in the neck,” Azinger said.
According to Golf Digest, Koepka was not with the team at Whistling Straits this past week for practice rounds.
If Koepka was to drop out, obvious replacements would include Patrick Reed, Billy Horschel and possibly Kevin Na.
The Ryder Cup takes place next week at Whistling Straits.