Two American golfers reportedly "had to be separated" following Ryder Cup defeat 1 year ago

Two American golfers reportedly "had to be separated" following Ryder Cup defeat

It appears that the American camp wasn't a happy place during the Ryder Cup.

The United States team suffered a resounding defeat to team Europe at the Ryder Cup, losing 17½ to 10½ in Paris. Following the tournament, details have emerged about disharmony amongst the Americans.

Patrick Reed openly questioned the decision to not pair him with Justin Spieth - a partnership that previously proved fruitful at the tournament. Reed questioned whether captain Jim Furyk made a "smart" decision with his fourball pairings. He also suggested that Spieth didn't want to play alongside him.

According to James Corrigan, writing in The Telegraph, there was also a dispute between two of the United States' best golfers - Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka.

The report claims that;

  • The pair almost came to blows a few hours after the defeat on Sunday in Paris.
  • They had been invited to the European team room and had to be separated following a "flare-up."
  • Koepka and Johnson were previously on good terms.
  • They exercise at the same gym in Florida and have been given the nickname the "Bash Brothers" - owing to their big-hitting style.
  • The wife of one of the European players was said to have witnessed the incident unfold. She was "clearly shocked and upset by the nastiness, which was threatening."
  • Johnson’s partner Paulina Gretzky has since "deleted every picture of Koepka from her Instagram account."

Johnson and Koepka were beaten by Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson on Saturday in the foursomes. The pair were the highest ranked members of the American team.

Their alleged dispute capped off a rotten week for the United States, who will hope for a better showing when they host the tournament in 2020 at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.