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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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3-wood: Lynx Black Cat

Hybrid: Lynx Parallax Hybrid (17 degrees)

Irons: Lynx Tour Blade (2), Lynx Parallax Forged (4-9)

Wedges: Lynx Tour (50, 56, 60 degrees)

We’re investigating the Odyssey putter and SuperStroke grip.

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GolfWRX Morning 9: Caddie suit against Tour dropped | Hand surgery for Wie | Former DJ advisor guilty

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1. Caddie suit dropped
T.J. Auclair, writing for the Caddie Network (an outlet heretofore unknown to me)…”A lawsuit filed by PGA Tour caddies in 2015 against the PGA Tour has come to an end. Very soon, the Tour will be implementing a healthcare program for all caddies on the PGA Tour that will significantly help caddies and their families off-set healthcare costs.”
  • “The Association of Professional Tour Caddies (APTC) had been seeking a way to minimize the rising costs of healthcare insurance. Those measures included trying to find sponsors for a small part of their caddie bibs, shirt sleeves and hats to heavily subsidize the health costs, which for some caddies, was in excess of $25,000 to cover themselves and their families.”
  • “The caddies lost their class-action suit in District Court in February 2016 and then lost an appeal in August 2018.”
2. Michelle Wie has hand surgery
Our Gianni Magliocco…”Michelle Wie was far from her best at last week’s LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship, finishing on a total of eight-over par, which was only good enough for a T66 finish. It was Wie’s first appearance since her withdrawal from the British Open back in August, and today Wie detailed how she has been suffering from an avulsion fracture, bone spurring and nerve entrapment in her right hand since competing at Royal Lytham & St Annes.”
  • “The American stated in a social media post how after countless MRI’s, X-Rays and doctor consultations, she has undergone successful hand surgery, and is on a hopeful path back to being pain free.”
  • Wie…”I made the decision after Hana Bank to withdraw from the rest of the season, come back to the states, and get surgery to fix these issues. It’s been disheartening dealing with pain in my hand all year but hopefully I am finally on the path to being and STAYING pain free!”
  • “Happy to announce that surgery was a success today and I cannot wait to start my rehab so that I can come back stronger and healthier than ever. Huge thank you to Dr. Weiland’s team at HSS for taking great care of me throughout this process and to all my fans for your unwavering support. It truly means the world to me. I’ll be back soon guys!!!! Promise.”
3. Former DJ advisor found guilty
Per Golf Channel…”A federal jury has found Nathan Hardwick, a former advisor to Dustin Johnson, guilty of embezzling $26 million in funds from his now-bankrupt real estate closing firm, Morris Hardwick Schneider.”
“Per Golf.com, citing Law.com, a 12-person jury convicted Hardwick of “one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, 21 counts of wire fraud and one count of making false statements to federally insured banks.”
The Sun News of Myrtle Beach, citing Law.com, explains where the money went.
  • “The alleged spending included $18.47 million on gambling, private jet travel and women from 2011 through August 2014. The prosecution submitted two binders of documentation as evidence that Hardwick spent $4.39 million on “female social companions,” including one testifying witness who claimed to have met him through SugarDaddy.com.”
  • “Other alleged expenditures described in testimony include more than $7 million at casinos, more than $3 million with a bookie, $680,000 for a luxury condo at The St. Regis Atlanta, $273,000 on a diamond ring, $186,000 on a deposit for a party on a private island, and $635,000 on a trip to the 2014 British Open for golfing buddies that included a customized jet and round at St. Andrews.”
4. The PGA Tour (Latinoamerica) returns to Doral
Golf Channel’s Nick Menta…”PGA Tour Latinoamérica announced Wednesday that it will play its season finale, the Latinoamérica Tour Championship-Shell Championship, at Trump National Doral from Nov. 29-Dec. 2.”
  • “The limited-field event will feature the top 60 players on the circuit’s money list competing on Doral’s Golden Palm Course.”
  • “We are very happy that we will continue playing the Latinoamérica Tour Championship-Shell Championship in South Florida, and Doral is a tremendous community that we know will open its arms to our players and this tournament,” PGA Tour Latinoamérica president Jack Warfield said in a statement.”
  • “The PGA Tour ended its more than 50-year relationship with Doral and the resort’s Blue Monster course back in 2016, when Cadillac’s title sponsorship of the World Golf Championship lapsed.’
5. Brooks Koepka’s No. 1 scenario
Golf Channel…”Brooks Koepka got the inside track against Justin Thomas in their head-to-head battle this week for world No. 1.”
  • “Koepka shot 1-under 71 on Thursday at the CJ Cup, while Thomas shot 1-over 73…Chez Reavie leads after 18 holes at Nine Bridges in Juju Island, South Korea, following a 4-under 68.”
  • “Koepka, currently world No. 3, needs to win this week or finish solo second [without Thomas winning] in order to reach the top spot in the rankings for the first time in his career. Thomas, currently No. 4, must win to reclaim the position he surrendered in June.”
6. Does playing the Fall Series matter?
Shane Ryan wonders not just whether we care about fall PGA Tour action, but whether the narrative that getting of to a hot start in autumn can propel a player to a strong season.
  • “Putting aside the appeal of the fall swing, and the tour’s clever ways of ensuring participation, there’s a bigger narrative to contend with: The idea that success in the fall can jumpstart a player’s season, and potentially even establish a spot in the top 30 on the FedEx Cup points list that carries through to the Tour Championship a summer later.”
  • “If that’s true, then sure, it’s a great argument for why the fall matters. It would be like telling an NFL team that if they play really well for the month of September, they can secure a spot in the playoffs. It adds a ton of significance-if you care about the Tour Championship, the narrative goes, then it’s wise to also care about the fall.”
  • “Does the narrative hold up? On the surface, the simple answer is yes: Most fall events are worth 500 points to the winner, just like a normal summer event. (The exceptions are the WGC-HBSC Champions, worth 550 points, and the Sanderson Farms Championship, played that same week and worth 300.) So if a player won in Malaysia, Korea, Las Vegas and Georgia, that player would have 2,050 points. In 2018, only two players had 2,050 FedEx Cup points when the playoffs began, and in 2017 the number was four. Which means if you sweep the fall, you could take the entire year off and still be confident of a top-five position by the time The Northern Trust came around in mid-August….”
Further number crunching confirms the hypothesis. Read Ryan’s full piece here.
7. Bruntsfield joins modernity
BBC Report…”Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society – the fourth oldest golf club in the world – has become the latest to permit women members after a vote.”
  • ‘The Edinburgh club, founded in 1761, has revealed that 83.7% of members casting their vote on Thursday were in favour of the change.”
  • Captain Mike Smith said: “This is an historic occasion for the society…This change, together with a £1.2m investment in our course, will ensure we are well positioned for the future.”
8. Marshal breaks leg
Bernie McGuire writes…”A female volunteer is the latest casualty at a major golf event after breaking her leg in two places while looking for a lost ball on day one of the Andalucia Valderrama Masters in Spain.”
  • “The 64-year old marshal slipped badly on wet grass breaking her fibula and tibia in right leg in searching for an errant dive off the 11th tee by Spaniard Pablo Larrazabal.”
  • “Play on the hole was delayed for close to 30-minutes and with four groups banking-up on the tee  as medical crews treated the woman’s injuries before an ambulance arrived at the clubhouse to convey her to a local hospital.”
Get well!
9. For your listening pleasure…
Johnny Wunder talked to reigning Western Amateur champion, all-around amateur standout, and incoming Texas freshman, about equipment and a host of other subjects.

Listen here.

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Michelle Wie was far from her best at last week’s LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship, finishing on a total of eight-over par, which was only good enough for a T66 finish. It was Wie’s first appearance since her withdrawal from the British Open back in August, and today Wie detailed how she has been suffering from an avulsion fracture, bone spurring and nerve entrapment in her right hand since competing at Royal Lytham & St Annes.

The American stated in a social media post how after countless MRI’s, X-Rays and doctor consultations, she has undergone successful hand surgery, and is on a hopeful path back to being pain free.

Here’s to a quick recovery.

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