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Brooks admits he was trounced by Phil’s ‘gamesmanship’ at 2021 PGA Championship

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In an exclusive interview with Golf Digest, Brooks Koepka did not hold back on a number of wide-ranging topics, including his final round battle with Phil Mickelson at the 2021 PGA Championship.

When asked if gamesmanship was a “dying art,” Koepka responded, “A great example of gamesmanship is what Phil did to me at the PGA. I got trounced on that one. I thought it was pretty good what he was doing.”

When pressed to give an example, the four-time major winner elaborated, “His body language. I don’t want to give it away, but I didn’t handle it well. You’ll have to ask him about it. I think he knew what he was doing. It wasn’t the reason I lost. I lost because I didn’t play well enough. It was tough for me to get into a rhythm, and the timing of how things were going.”

Brooks Koepka shot a final round two-over par 74 to finish two strokes back of eventual champion Phil Mickelson.

Both Koepka and Mickelson will be in attendance next week at the 2021 Ryder Cup. Despite a recent wrist injury that forced him to withdraw from the Tour Championship, Koepka still plans to compete for the U.S. side as of this time. Mickelson was brought on by U.S. Captain Steve Stricker as a vice-captain.

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  1. Milo

    Sep 17, 2021 at 11:08 am

    Good ol’ douche canoe Brooks.

  2. Drjacko

    Sep 17, 2021 at 9:58 am

    Really you call this ‘not holding back?’

    • better than everyone at grwx combined

      Sep 17, 2021 at 1:15 pm

      honestly cant tell who is worse at this site… teddy the short game shaman, that montessano racist KKK sympathizer, gianni who knows nothing about anything, or this guy lack who seems to lack a fully functioning brain

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Fred Couples on potential 2023 Ryder Cup captaincy: ‘I’m a little old for the system’

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Fred Couples has successfully led the United States to three Presidents Cup victories, and is hot off a vice-captaincy for the winning U.S. Ryder Cup team as well.

The 15-time PGA Tour winner has not been shy to express his interest in receiving the lead captain’s honor, but he fears his time may be running out. “Now I’m a little old for the system. I mean, would I like to be Ryder Cup captain? Of course, but that’s probably not going to happen,” Couples mentioned on Wednesday after the pro-am for the PGA Tour Champions Furyk & Friends.

Last month at Whistling Straits, Couples was in charge of the Dustin Johnson, Collin Morikawa, Xander Schauffele, and Patrick Cantlay pod, which combined to go 14-1-2. Couples stated that his formula for feeling out his players and getting the most of them is simple. “I can just see in their eye something’s going on. And it’s easy. Golf is kind of secondary for me. I was a good player and I knew my game, but I can feel out other people’s games pretty easily, I just have a knack for saying ‘what’s going on? and I enjoy that.”

The 2023 Ryder Cup is set to be held in Rome, which would be particularly special for Couples because of his Italian ancestry. The Ryder Cup captain is decided by the PGA of America, and no announcement has yet been made for the 2023 festivities.

 

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Why Harris English’s putter grip led to strange ruling at Ryder Cup

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Sunday at the Ryder Cup appeared to have passed without many issues, but a couple of weeks on from the event, Harris English has revealed that his putter grip caused some last-minute drama.

Speaking on the Fore the People podcast with John Peterson and J.J. Killeen, English explained that he received a call from Captain Steve Stricker concerning the 32-year-old’s putter grip on the day of singles action.

“I had no idea what he was calling me about, he hadn’t called me this whole week. He said, ‘Hey Harry, I’ve got some bad news. We’ve got the head rules official here and he wants to take a look at your putter grip.’ I’m like, ‘s***!’

I guess somebody had called in — they saw [the grip] on television or whatever — and saw the banana flap over. They deemed the grip illegal. This was Sunday morning about two hours before my tee time as I’m getting warmed up.”

The putter grip had clearly seen better days, and it’s unknown who made the call about it possibly being non-conforming.

However, after a conference call with “a couple of USGA guys and the Ryder Cup official”, the grip was indeed deemed non-conforming as the cloth part had been worn completely off the rubber part at the butt of the grip.

Needing a quick fix, English revealed that assistant captain Davis Love III was on-hand to sort the issue out:

“Davis, the savvy deer hunter and knifesman he is, got an X-Acto knife and cut the part off. We gauzed it so it would be flush with the other cloth part. He did it in a few minutes. He finished it, gave it to the rules official and the rules official had to go give it to (Harrington), I guess, to OK it. Then I went out and played with it.”

English went on to lose his singles match, and while the grip stays for now, he says, “I’ll probably have to put a new grip on pretty soon.”

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Inbee Park on why she’s the best putter in the world from 10-15 feet

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Inbee Park has long been considered one of the best putters in the game, and thanks to a study delving into the stats on the LPGA Tour, the South Korean could well be the undisputed best putter in the world.

According to LPGA stats, which are compiled through KMPG Performance Insights, Park has a stunning conversion rate of 64% on putts from 10-15 feet. To put that into context, PGA Tour golfers make around 30% of putts from that range, with the leaders in that statistic making 10-15 foot putts 40 to 41% of the time.

So just why is Inbee so deadly from that range? Well, according to the 7-time major champion, it’s all to do with the mind.

“I heard about the stats, and I wasn’t surprised, because I always kind of felt a lot more comfortable putting 10 to 15 feet than like 6 to 8 feet or 5 to 7 feet.

I heard the percentage is higher to make the 10- to 15-footer. I think this really comes down to the mind. I feel a lot more relaxed doing 10- to 15-footer where I don’t have to make the putt, right? It’s usually less than half of the percentage that I’m going to miss. 

So, but like 3 to 5, 7 feet, you know, I think I’m putting too much pressure on myself, so maybe that’s why the percentages are lower. That’s the game I’m trying to get.”

Last week, So Yeon Ryu told media that Park’s exceptional putting comes down to her trusting the process of hitting the line with the correct speed and is less hung up about whether or not the putt drops. A theory which Park confirmed this week.

“Yeah, I think (Ryu’s) pretty dead correct on that one. On the greens, there are some many variables that you have to take into account. It’s just hard to think about everything. There are so many things happening on the way to the hole. … (after) the ball goes off the clubface there is nothing I can do. I’m just trying to put the right speed, the right line, and that’s pretty much all I can do.”

Park is back in action this week at the Founders Cup, and you can check out her putting prowess when she tees off Thursday at 12.39 p.m ET.

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