US Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker is adamant that the ongoing feud between Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau will not prove a distraction at Whistling Straits (Outright – USA 1/2, Europe 12/5, Tie 11/1).
While his European counterpart Padraig Harrington has hailed the balance and harmony of his team, Stricker has had to field regular questions about whether two of his biggest names could disrupt his best-laid plans.
Koepka (9/1 Top USA Points Scorer) and DeChambeau (9/1) have been at loggerheads since they were first reported to have fallen out in 2019 and spent much of last year trading barbs both online and through the media.
The USA’s team looks sensational on paper. However, previous editions of the Ryder Cup have seen their hopes hindered by personal differences and the inability of their outstanding individuals to gel as a collective.
Stricker has spent time with both players in the build-up to this week’s event in Wisconsin and included them in team bonding events.
The 54-year-old says he has seen enough to be convinced that the duo will be able to put their differences aside, adding that they are “completely on board” with everything he is trying to do.
“It’s a non-issue, really, for me and the team,” Stricker said. “We got together a few weeks ago and I’ve had conversations with them both.
“They have assured me it’s not going to be an issue. I have no worries whatsoever.
“I had a dinner; they all showed up. We had great conversation, great talks. So I’m not seeing it as an issue at all and they are completely on board.”
Both Koepka and DeChambeau are included in a number of Betfred’s #PickYourPunt offers, with them each priced at 10/1 to score zero points at Whistling Straits.