We’re now a little more than a week removed from the Ryder Cup and the U.S. loss is finally starting to set in for all involved. One thing that has not been resolved, however, is all the drama that happened after the tournament ended.
Hoping to find answers to the questions posed by reports and player comments after the tournament, captain Jim Furyk did an interview in an attempt to put everything to rest. Furyk reiterated his disappointment and the sting he still feels after losing in his first stint at as captain. Some of the issues he was forced to discuss, however, were the comments made by Patrick Reed and the scuffle between Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson.
After the tournament Reed voiced some sharp criticism of the leadership, saying that it was not his decision to break up he and Jordan Spieth’s team. He also claimed that the decision process was a buddy system with some players input not taken seriously.
Furyk defended his decision to pair Reed and Tiger together and said that Reed had known about the move weeks in advance disputing the idea that it was done once the team arrived in Paris.
US team captain Jim Furyk reacts after Europe won the 42nd Ryder Cup at Le Golf National Course at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, south-west of Paris, on September 30, 2018. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images
Another question that has been burning for golf world are the reports that Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson got into a strong altercation that nearly ended up in a fistfight. Koepka denied the incident last week and Furyk backed him up, saying that the two are close friends and anything that occurred was minor in nature.
“Whatever altercation started, or what happened, it was very brief. It was very short. Neither one of them really took anything out of it,” Furyk said. “They’re like brothers. Brothers may argue, brothers get into it. But they’re as close as they’ve ever been, and it really had no effect on either one of them.”
It’s good to see Furyk come out and try to put the fire out on all of these rumors because these are the type of things that can linger over to the next Ryder Cup two years from now. With all the information seemingly available now, hopefully, the players can move forward and get ready for the next season.
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