US captain Steve Stryker insisted on Monday that Brooks Kopka’s feud with teammate Bryson de Chambeo would not be a problem in the 43rd Ryder Cup.
But don’t expect to be a pair of big champions when the Americans face off in a two-way golf showdown that will begin Friday in the City Strait, which has been postponed since last year due to coveted 19 epidemics.
“It’s really a non-issue for me and the team,” the striker said. “I have talked to both of them. They have assured me that this will not be a problem. I have no problem.
“We had a great conversation, a great conversation. So I don’t see it as a problem and they’re totally on board.
“Shall we join them? I don’t think so at the moment. It can always be. But maybe not.”
The feud erupted at the PGA Championships in May and spread on social media, with de Chambeo shouting at tournaments with “Brookie” satire.
Kopka’s injured left wrist and comments to Golf Digest about how the cup is “busy” and “a little weird” also raised some concerns, but the striker said the health of the four-time winner and Both attitudes are fine.
“He tells me everything is 100 and everything is ready and trying to move on,” the striker said of the wrist injury. “From what I understand, he is completely healed and ready for anything.”
The striker has also spoken to Kopka about his Ryder Cup comments, in which former US captain Paul Eisinger said Kopka should be separated for someone who cared more about the event.
“I’ve had experiences with Brooks on many of these teams,” Streaker said. I was not happy with that.
“I’m not worried about Brooks. He assures me that he’s healthy. He assures me that he’s 100 percent complete on this team and that Something needs to be done. “
There is a need to discuss the reality at this stage. It is a matter of concern. The striker also plans to advise his players to stay away from social media.
“We’re going to pay attention to that and we’re going to talk about it,” Streaker said. “They’ve been good, and knocking on the door. They won’t say anything they shouldn’t say.
“We don’t have a mandate … but they will be careful about it. They do it on a daily basis and they know they need to be careful and cautious about what they have there. “
The striker refuted a long-held notion that Europe had won through the best team spirit, with European teams winning nine of the last 12 Ryder Cups, including the most recent match in France in 2018.
“It’s a misunderstanding in our team,” he said. “When you’re losing, it’s hard to see that you’re tied up and they did a great job of killing us.
“But I’ve been to a lot of those team rooms where there’s nothing in chemistry. Of course, we have occasional hiccups along the way, but for the most part, it’s always been great. People are anxious to play.”
The Tiger Woods striker, his players and assistant captains are available for advice, but are not expected to attend the event to prevent his recovery from a serious leg injury in a car accident in February. Text and call to share your thoughts.
“He’s been in my ear a lot and I call him regularly,” Streaker said. “He is part of our Ryder Cup team. He has been part of many of those teams.
“But I don’t think it’s a good time for him to be physically here because he’s recovering and (it’s a difficult path).
“So it probably won’t show up. Play.”