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Report: Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka almost fought after Ryder Cup

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Update 10/3: Koepka denied the report. Speaking with reporters ahead of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, he said: “This Dustin thing, I just don’t get. There was no fight, no argument. He’s one of my best friends. I love the kid to death. We talked on the phone Monday and yesterday, so you tell me how we fought. People like to make a story and run with it. It’s not the first time there’s been a news story that isn’t true that’s gone out.”

It sounds like Jupiter, Fla.’s most famous golf workout buddies were anything but chummy following U.S. side’s Ryder Cup beatdown. In fact, according to a report by The Telegraph’s James Corrigan, Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka nearly gave one another a beating.

Golf Channel’s Tim Rosaforte confirmed the pair had to be separated after an incident in the European team room Sunday night following the loss.

There’s no word on the substance of the dispute. Johnson’s fiance, Paulina Gretzky was close by, as was Koepka’s girlfriend, Jena Sims, according to reports, but there’s no evidence she was involved in the dispute.

According to European player’s wife quoted in The Telegraph, Gretzky was “clearly shocked and upset by the nastiness, which was very threatening.”

What isn’t clear is what could bring to pair of long-time friends, both of whom are eminently easygoing, to the verge of a physical conflict.

Koepka and Johnson lost to Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose in their Saturday afternoon foursomes match.

Adding further intrigue, as Luke Kerr Dineen spotted, a report by Ben Cadiou in Le Equipe said the pair were involved in a dispute on the flight over to France.

Johnson has not commented on the alleged dust-up. Koepka’s agent, Blake Smith, told Golf Digest the story is “made up.”

 

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  1. Dave

    Oct 4, 2018 at 7:57 am

    I’ve lost count of the number of fights as a kid and bust ups later in life I’ve had with my best mate of 50 years!Mostly over sporting rivalries and failures. It means nothing.

  2. Your President Trump

    Oct 4, 2018 at 3:12 am

    Fake news

  3. Lovejoy

    Oct 3, 2018 at 3:29 am

    Is Alberstadt now the Golfwrx boxing and gossip correspondent?

  4. Tom

    Oct 3, 2018 at 1:27 am

    Remember the old jingle, “things go better with coke.” might apply here?

  5. shawn

    Oct 3, 2018 at 12:14 am

    Where is grandpa Wayne Gretzky in all of this Dallas-esque intrigue..???

  6. Jack

    Oct 2, 2018 at 10:15 pm

    Real story is that Paulina was still next to DJ.

    They should have just fought before the cup to sort things out rather than have bad chemistry throughout.

    • shawn

      Oct 3, 2018 at 12:13 am

      ex-Playboy bunnies tend to be gregarious and promiscuous … ya think?!!

  7. Brooks

    Oct 2, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    Will McKenzie, and Jason Dufner, use to be good friends with DJ too. Both are now divorced from their wives…..DJ cant be trusted… bet the truth all comes out real soon

    • shawn

      Oct 3, 2018 at 12:06 am

      OoOoOoOooh… hanky panky… in flagrante delicto too …?!!

  8. toyzrx

    Oct 2, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    Well, good friends fight sometimes and I hope they went at each other and worked it all out.

    • shawn

      Oct 2, 2018 at 5:29 pm

      Low IQ athletes will resort to physical confrontation to resolve their differences… because they don’t have the intelligence to do it peacefully and logically. They are brutes and not to be idolized … plain & simple….!

  9. s

    Oct 2, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    Wives and girlfriends….. *sigh*

    • shawn

      Oct 2, 2018 at 5:31 pm

      Wives and long suffering girlfriends with children born out of wedlock…!!

      • Tim Armington

        Oct 2, 2018 at 8:34 pm

        How old are you? 108???? Child born out of wedlock??? You are showing your low iq.

        • oppie

          Oct 2, 2018 at 9:01 pm

          It’s not “iq”…. it’s “IQ” or Intelligence Quotient…. “iq” is dopey…

  10. roger

    Oct 2, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    Ain’t teamwork grrrreeeeaaaat … 😛

    • shawn

      Oct 3, 2018 at 12:04 am

      U.S. Ryder Cup players in near physical conflict…. U.S. democracy in political turmoil… Trump hammers out new deal with Mexico and Canada…. stock market soaring … only in the good ol’ US of A … 😮

  11. Tom

    Oct 2, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    Gotta believe Brooks vs. DJ fight as a pay-for-view would outsell Tiger vs. Phil golf at Thanksgiving.

  12. Bob

    Oct 2, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    Adds fuel to the rumor DJs fall at Augusta was a Koeoka push… Some people never learn to respect OPP

  13. Zac

    Oct 2, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    Pretty sure brooks would destroy dj

    • ~j~

      Oct 3, 2018 at 1:57 pm

      I’d go with DJ. Brookes has the look of someone who’ll get popped in the face and immediately walks away or concedes, hence why Jena runs his show.

      ORRRR Better question, Jena or Paulina???

  14. Scott

    Oct 2, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    I like the old days when American pros focused their aggression on Brits. Dave Hill threatening to wrap his 1-iron around Gallacher’s head, now that’s boss.

  15. Ciaran

    Oct 2, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    Apparently the loser has to play with Patrick Reed in 2020, some say they’re still fighting….

  16. big jones

    Oct 2, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    Who cares?

  17. Ardbegger

    Oct 2, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    …”and these are The Days of Our Lives”

  18. JP

    Oct 2, 2018 at 10:58 am

    The story is not made up.

    Brooks dropped some Tiger news to his friend giving him a heads up. Paulina told DJ that Brooks was telling him a lie. And that is where this whole thing started. Whether DJ & Paulina want to stay together for the kids sake is up to them. Paulina knew about DJ’s other fling and this was a way to get back at him. It’s all screwed up. Good luck to them.

    • C

      Oct 2, 2018 at 11:49 am

      Source?

    • Nolan

      Oct 2, 2018 at 1:03 pm

      I could believe the scorned woman part. Dangerous combo right there.

    • the dude

      Oct 2, 2018 at 2:40 pm

      what did you just say??????

    • Kevin

      Oct 2, 2018 at 6:02 pm

      R u saying tiger flurted w dj’s children’ mum?

    • Johnny Penso

      Oct 2, 2018 at 7:22 pm

      Why so cryptic? Just say what you have to say without all the riddles.

      • CrashTestDummy

        Oct 3, 2018 at 12:11 am

        Haha. Exactly. I didn’t understand a word of that. Some sort of code. Lol.

    • shawn

      Oct 3, 2018 at 12:10 am

      Tiger and Paulina ….??!!!! 😮 😮 😮

    • big jones

      Oct 3, 2018 at 1:09 pm

      The team did more than swap golf partners maybe?

      • oppie

        Oct 3, 2018 at 1:59 pm

        … one big happy family… doin’ it …. 😮

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Rating the Zurich Classic walk-up songs

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On Saturday at the Zurich Classic in New Orleans, for the second year, teammates are choosing walk-up songs for their first tee ball.

There is some good, some bad, and some painfully predictable. The teams are dynamic enough, but seeing their song selection really brings a new level of personal insight. Let’s take a deeper look at some of the hits.

The Good

Steve Stricker/Jerry Kelly: As Good as I Once Was – Toby Keith

This is, perfect. All I see is an Italian chef kissing their hands to this selection, sheer perfection. Self deprecation, confidence and an overall great song. I have to imagine Jerry Kelly came up with this and Stricker tried to argue he’s still in his prime.

Tommy Fleetwood/Sergio Garcia: Radio Gaga – Queen

Queen, so hot right now. Winner of nearly every Oscar, these Ryder Cup teammates kept it current with Queen while selecting a deeper cut. Somewhere, Francesco Molinari is looking at Instagram posts of this pairing and wondering what went wrong.

The Local:

Stephen Jaeger/J.T. Poston: Callin’ Baton Bouge – Garth Brooks

Roberto Castro/Cameron Tringale – Born on the Bayou – Creedence Clearwater Revival

As long as nobody googled, “songs about New Orleans” prior to selection, these are fair game and a sure fan favorite on number one.  What are the real chances any of these guys have ever heard these songs prior to Saturday? 10%? I have to assume smooth, hotel elevator jazz not available?

Bubba Watson/JB Holes – When the Saints Go Marching In – Louis Armstrong

Now we’re talking. This is my favorite of the locals group. Perfectly awkward yet funny Bubba. Can’t you just picture Bubba dancing like the WB frog with a top hat on while teeing up? “You’re welcome.”

The On-Brand

Henrik Stenson/Graeme McDowell: Wake Me Up – Avicii

Swedish, check. Banger, check. Sentimental value, check (Avicii passed tragically just over a year ago). Potential to turn the bleachers into a full rave, check. My money is on the rhythmic three-wood of Henrik Stenson all weekend and my personal favorite song of the lot.

Brooks Koepka/Chase Koepka: Bad Boys for Life – P. Diddy

This is somehow hilarious and terrifying at the exact same time. Something about brotherhood makes this song hit even more. If Brooks and Chase are not wearing black sunglasses strutting to the tee in Nike schmediums, just call the whole thing off. (Would have liked to see Brooks choose “Centerfield” by John Fogerty, because you know, he really likes baseball better).

Adam Scott/Jason Day: Suicide Blonde – INXS

The Aussies stick together, and stick with their bands. That is truly all I know about this song so I’ll move on.

Padraig Harrington/Shane Lowry: I’m Shipping Up to Boston – Dropkick Murphy’s

Not sure if this leads to good golf or a good round of irish car bomb’s, or just one followed by the other. Either way, a near certainty that this is the first time this song was selected by a sober person, for a sober group.

The Bizzare

Carlos Ortiz/Sebastian Munoz: Ground Theme – Super Mario Bros.

While this should be funny, I can’t help but assume they couldn’t think of any good songs, or have vastly different tastes in music. Great in theory but imagine following Bad Boys for Life with Mario sound effects., and then being outdriven by 30 yards.

The Hazards to Spectators

John Rahm/Ryan Palmer: Enter Sandman – Metallica

Exactly what John Rahm needs on the first tee. Metallica.

The Biased

Kenny Perry/Josh Teater – Renegade – Styx

As a die-hard Steelers fan, I’m unfit to judge this. (The Steelers play Renegade as a pump-up in the fourth quarter and it works against players not named Tom Brady). With that being said, if Kenny Perry is able to time up contact with the hard-hitting drums in this song, he might blast it a country mile.

The Off the Grid

Pat Perez/Jason Dufner: Bazanji – 2019

I had very high expectations for these two. Personality for days. I could see Perez with an entire room for his music collection, and Jordan’s. To be transparent, I had to google the song. It is however, as expected, a jam. Only these two could be cooler than the entire song selection process.

The Just Why

Baby Shark – Pinkfong
Joel Dahmen/Brandon Harkins
Michael Kim/C.T. Pan

I’m not going to even research it, but there’s simply no way any of these four have children. If they did, the last thing they want reminded of on the first tee is their one-year-old crying at 5:00 a.m. for Baby Shark (do doo do do do do). However, LET’S GO HUNT, is a great mindset for golf. So there’s that.

The Eye on the Prize

Andrew Putnam/Max Homa – Trophies – Drake

Speaking of a good mentality… This crew chose an underrated Drake song with a perfect vibe and first note. Homa might be the funniest and best golf follow on Twitter, and even he went for swagger over humor. When your song is literally called trophies, your odds have to improve slightly.

The Basic

Old Town Road – Lil Nas X
Troy Merrit/Robert Streb
Harold Varner III/Tom Lovelady
Colt Knost/Boo Weekly
Adam Schenk/Tyler Duncan

Hate to see it. Each one of these teams even thought for a moment, this will be great, it’s viral and ironic. Just hate to see it.

For the record, if I was any good at golf and had a partner who obliged, I’d select Mac Miller’s The Spins, because Mac is the best and the first verse is as good as Hip Hop gets.

You can take a look at the full list for yourself here 

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GolfWRX is live from the 2019 Terra Cotta Invitational at Naples National Golf Club, which will be contested April 26-28. Past winners of the amateur event include Justin Thomas and Emiliano Grillo.

Denny Glass, chairman of the Terra Cotta Invitational, was kind enough to give us a little more information about the tournament.

For GolfWRX members who aren’t familiar, tell me a little bit about the tournament and its history

Glass: The Terra Cotta Invitational began in 1996 and was originally a combination stroke play/match play event. 20 players were invited and they played 36 holes of stroke play then the top four finishers went on to match play with the others playing an 18 hole consolation match.

I changed it to a 54-hole stroke play event with 50 players in 2006 when I took over as Tournament Chair. This was done to be eligible for Titleist/Golfweek Amateur Ranking Points. The field increased over the years and now has 75-81 players. The tournament is now ranked as a “B” level event in the WAGR (World Amateur Golf Rankings) run by the USGA and R&A. This ranking is one level below the top-ranked events in the world. The WAGR rankings are based on the strength of the field so we are proud to be ranked so highly.

As it’s an invitational tournament, can you tell me a bit about who gets invited in general and who’s in the field this year, specifically? Tournament format?

Glass: It is an invitational so we invite as many of the top-ranked amateur players as are available. The field consists of many juniors (up to age 18), mid-amateurs (19-25) and some seniors (50+), along with collegiate players. While it is an invitational, we still receive more than 150 applications to play.

Can you talk about the host course and the relationship with Naples National?

The tournament is played at Naples National Golf Club. The tournament was started by the membership back in 1996. The club opened in 1993. The club hosted the World Championship of Golf, which was an LPGA event in its second year.

I know the charitable impact is important. Can you tell us about that?

The net proceeds are donated to Naples based children’s focused charities. The tournament has donated over $517,000 since it began.

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Winner of the 2019 Charles Schwab Challenge to receive a 1973 Dodge Challenger Restomod

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Under new sponsorship, the 2019 Charles Schwab Challenge which takes place at Colonial Country Club in Ft. Worth, will have a special prize on offer for its champion – a fully restored and customized 1973 Dodge Challenger.

The vehicle pays homage to the year which Schwab Corporation was founded and is equipped with tartan fabric seats and custom glacier blue paint. The car will serve as a complement to the Leonard Trophy and tartan jacket awarded each year at the tournament.

Charles Schwab worked in collaboration with Steve Strope of Pure Vision on the restoration process, and the car will be on display at Colonial throughout the tournament until it is presented to the winner on May 26.

The tournament runs from May 23-26. In 2018, Justin Rose won the event by three strokes.

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