Ryder Cup 2021 preview
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As the Ryder Cup makes its eagerly anticipated return after last year’s postponement, arguably the biggest talking point in the build up to Friday’s opening day at Whistling Straits is the ongoing feud between Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau.
The duo’s rivalry has been well documented in the last two years, with both taking jibe after jibe at each other, both in and around the golf course, and on social media.
However, the pair must now put their differences aside as they come together as part of the 12-man Team USA side for this year’s event in Wisconsin.
It is yet to be known if the pair will continue their personal squabble into the American locker room throughout this week, but if they did it would not be the first time the Ryder Cup has witnessed an in-house fall out.
Nick Faldo 2008
A high-flying European team came into the 2008 event with the hopes of securing their fourth straight Ryder Cup, when heading to away shores at Valhalla Golf Club in Kentucky.
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Despite this, things would come quickly crashing down for the visiting side, after the dismal showing began before a ball was even hit following captain Nick Faldo’s cringeworthy speech at the opening ceremony.
The three-time Masters champion dropped a number of gaffes throughout his car crash presentation, including calling rookie Soren Hansen by the wrong name and telling a number of out of tune jokes at the Irish members within his team.
Of course this ridiculous speech was not taken well by his 12-man playing quota, and after a number of Faldo’s tactical decisions were put into question throughout the week, the captain’s lasting legacy was a pretty dismal one.
Phil Mickelson and Tom Watson 2014.
There is no doubt both Phil Mickelson and Tom Watson are two of America’s (if not the world’s) greatest ever golfers.
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With 14 majors, 84 PGA Tour titles and six playing Ryder Cup wins between them, the pair have both enjoyed some remarkable times in their careers, however the week at the 2014 Ryder Cup wasn’t one of them.
After the US were defeated by the European’s for the sixth time in seven attempts at Glenaeagles, Mickelson – a player in the losing team – took aim at his captain Watson following defeat, outlining his decision making was nowhere near the quality of 2008 winning skipper Paul Azzinger.
Watson took just under a year to finally set his record straight, as he labelled Mickelson’s Ryder Cup comments as ‘sour grapes’ following the Americans return to Scotland for the 2015 Open Championship.
Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson 2018
If Koepka is to find himself in dispute with DeChambeau this week it won’t be the first time the four-time major winner has featured in a Ryder Cup bust up, as it was reported he clashed with former world No 1 Dustin Johnson at the 2018 event.
America’s defeat last time out in Paris was a week to forget from start to finish from the away side, however it was revealed that the problems within their camp began way before the opening tee shot on day one.
It was reported that Koepka and Johnson were involved in a heated exchange on the inbound flight to Paris in an argument surrounding the latter’s fiance Paulina Gretzky.
Whilst Koepka was quick to brush off any fallout between him and his ‘good friend’ Johnson, the pair found themselves in hot water once again, after it was reported they clashed for a second time after the American team were invited into the European dressing room following the event.
Again, the American was quick to rule out any problems between himself and the 2020 Masters champion, however it seemed the damage from the visitors was already done both on, and off the course.
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