Ian Woosnam has told Brooks Koepka to “get a life” and accused him of damaging Team USA’s chances of winning back the Ryder Cup.
Europe heads into battle against Steve Stricker’s men at Whistling Strits in Wisconsin Friday in order to defend the trophy they won in Paris last year.
Koepka, who criticised the Ryder Cup schedule but also suggested that he didn’t want to be part of the biennial team event has created shockwaves prior to the showdown.
Woosnam, the European legend, has accused Koepka if making excuses. He claims that the on-going feud between team-mate Bryson Delchambeau and Koepka is ruining Stricker’s chances of taking down Padraig harrington.
DeChambeau has also been complaining about having damaged hands – and Woosnam reckons both of the American stars are now damaged goods who no-one will want to play with.
Woosnam, who captained Europe to Ryder Cup glory in Ireland in 2006, said: “The article Koepka has just done, that’s not nice for his team. It’s not good.
“He’s basically said ‘I could do without this, it’s getting me out of my routine doing this’. Christ the King – live a good life!
“If I was captain and it was one of my players, I’d be saying “what the f**k you doing?” All this crap he’s got going with DeChambeau – is it that bad or is it just false? Either way, it’s not good for Stricker.
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“It wouldn’t surprise me if neither of the them (Koepka and DeChambeau) played. They’re both making excuses if you ask me.
Something about his hands? Who’d want to play with him.”
Europe have won nine of the last 12 Ryder Cups and Woosnam reckons America remain a group of individuals with no team spirit.
In the aftermath of their win in France three year ago, Team USA were rocked in a row between Dustin Johnson (Koepka) and Woosnam (Woosnam).
The former Masters champion added: “They’re all individuals – and that’s what they’ve always been. I thought they were coming more together over these last few matches, but you’re just seeing some of the articles with these two, you can see it spreading away.
“You hear all this stuff last time between Dustin Johnson and Koepka – is there something going on with him (Koepka)?
“Is he one of these guys who likes to stir everything? Does it come across as arrogance? It almost feels like he’s shrugging everything off and saying, ‘I don’t want to look like you’. It’s all good.
“That’s a psychological advantage straight away. I know we’re underdogs, but in team events we’re even, or further forward. Harrington should be saying, ‘look at them, they’re already arguing’. Let’s see if we can play on that a little bit.”