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‘What the f**k you doing?’ – Former Masters champ tells Brooks Koepka to ‘get a life’



Former Masters champion Ian Woosnam has launched a stinging attack on Brooks Koepka days before the U.S. take on Europe in the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits.

Last week, Golf Digest published its exclusive interview with Koepka, where the 31-year-old aired his feelings on the Ryder Cup, calling the biennial event ‘a bit odd’ and that he finds the week ‘tough’.

Those comments angered former U.S. captain Paul Azinger who called on Brooks to relinquish his spot if he didn’t enjoy the competition. Now former European Captain Ian Woosnam has been the latest to hit out at the 4-time major champ.

Speaking at Ilkley Golf Club last week ahead of a Legends Tour event, the Welshman blasted the 31-year-old saying:

“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 almighty – get a life!”

Woosnam continued:

“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.”

The 2006 European Captain wasn’t exactly complimentary towards Brooks’ rival Bryson DeChambeau either and also accused Koepka of arrogance and shrugging off his peers.

“Who’d want to play with him (Bryson)? It wouldn’t surprise me if neither of them played before the singles. They’re already making excuses. You hear all this stuff last time between Dustin Johnson and Koepka. Is there something going on with Koepka?

Is he one of these guys who likes to stir everything? Is it arrogance? It’s almost like he’s shrugging them all off and saying I don’t want to be like you.”

The 43rd edition of the Ryder Cup kicks off Friday morning in Kohler, Wisconsin at the Pete Dye designed Whistling Straits.


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  2. Carolyn

    Oct 7, 2021 at 10:41 am

    how many times did this little dude toss or slam down clubs while out playing on the course? Many is the answer, maybe he should look at his actions before he calls out another….Everyone has a right to be themselves, sure some are not real likable but without them how would we know what nice people are like?

  3. Thomas

    Oct 3, 2021 at 9:38 am

    Learn to count to 14 and stay is the pasture, Ian. 4 majors and jetsetting with Jenna Sims seems like a pretty sweet life.

    What the f are you doing?

    • John

      Oct 6, 2021 at 10:13 am

      Jena Sims would be the LAST one id choose.

      • Seve's Ghost Cajones

        Oct 8, 2021 at 2:08 pm

        Seriously, that girl looks like a coked out stripper. 32 years old, and looks 45. A piece of beatup rawhide.


  4. Henny Bogan

    Sep 24, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    Koepa thinks that he is a football player that plays golf always posing as the tough guy, there is a reason he has no friends on tour.

  5. John Corl

    Sep 23, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    We’re talking about a bunch of millionaires here. Of course, some will act like the spoiled rich kids they are. Others act a bit more mature. They are all great golfers. How about we focus on the task at hand, and set the drama aside for a while? Bryson IS difficult to pair with because he plays a different game than the rest of them. That’s why you may not see him in the 4 ball. There are already two groups that you can bet will play together. Cantlay and Schaffle, Thomas and Spieth.

  6. Golf Geisha

    Sep 23, 2021 at 12:19 am

    Brooks Kupcake only has an inch. It just smells like a foot.

  7. Rich

    Sep 22, 2021 at 3:44 pm

    Sick of Koepka, always has a problem with someone or some thing.
    Shut up and play.
    Went to event with both brooks and Bryson, saw them both up close
    Bryson was good to the fans and friendly, brooks was not
    Agree he had a good run but lots of flashes in the pan these days
    Let’s see what both do this week

  8. Drew

    Sep 22, 2021 at 2:36 pm

    Did anyone even read the article? He was asked how its different from other tournaments and pretty simply said its different and out of the normal routine. I don’t know. Seems like a bunch of ridiculous sensationalizing. See below for the actual Q&A referenced.

    For virtually all of your career, you get to set the schedule and make the rules and be responsible for your own performance. How does that mesh with the Ryder Cup experience? Is it strange being on a team?

    It’s different. It’s hectic. It’s a bit odd, if I’m honest. I don’t want to say it’s a bad week. We’re just so individualized, and everybody has their routine and a different way of doing things, and now, it’s like, OK, we have to have a meeting at this time or go do this or go do that. It’s the opposite of what happens during a major week. If I break down a major week, it’s so chill. You wouldn’t even believe me. I go to the course. I play nine holes. I go work out. Other than that, I’m sitting and watching TV, taking my mind off golf with relaxing stuff. The physical part, I can handle. The mental side, you have to be able to turn it off. Sometimes, the power comes from being able to turn it on. But for me, I get power from turning it off. That’s been a huge, huge thing for me that I really haven’t understood until the past five or six years of my career.

    • CrashTestDummy

      Oct 3, 2021 at 2:40 am

      Agree. Sounds like Koepka is just an introverted guy. People seem to just hate introverted sports stars if do not appease the public with an extroverted persona. In fact, most pro golfers are introverted, so it is really a moot issue. He has said a few controversial things, but what pro hasn’t over their career. I could care less. Personally, I just want to watch great golf and forget all the gossipy fluff stuff.

      • geohogan

        Oct 3, 2021 at 9:49 pm

        There is a difference between self absorbed and introverted.

      • John

        Oct 6, 2021 at 10:17 am

        Americans hate introverts, period.

        All part of the phony wanabee “extrovert” culture, born out of narcissism and need for constant attention. You know who you are..

        Koepka has it right.

  9. Redo

    Sep 22, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    I think “Woosy” needs to keep up with the # of driver’s in his bag? No!

    • Tempo raymondo

      Oct 3, 2021 at 12:16 am

      Hey Ian, stand up big guy when you have a need to whine, oh wait you are standing? Btw, what was the final score and brooks record in two-sines and singles?

      • John

        Oct 6, 2021 at 10:22 am

        The usual infantile personal attack, otherwise known as someone without an original thought

        “mashed potatoes!!!


    • John

      Oct 6, 2021 at 10:21 am

      I was waiting for this predictable comment. Always one…

  10. Dinger

    Sep 22, 2021 at 11:30 am

    I love the Ryder Cup. How could not after Rory’s and Patrick Reed’s match a few years back and throw in Phil’s and Sergio’s great viewing.

  11. Imafitter

    Sep 22, 2021 at 10:22 am

    These events mean nothing anymore.

  12. Doug Ungari

    Sep 22, 2021 at 10:00 am

    Pro golfers are making to much $$$$, Its all about the dollars no longer the trophy

  13. Johnno

    Sep 22, 2021 at 9:46 am

    Unimportant event that has been turned into a war in the past couple of decades by the US. As far as Europe goes, the GB players shouldn’t be involved Post-Brexit. ?

    • finfineman

      Sep 22, 2021 at 3:29 pm

      Angry little dude here….Take you ball and go home Little….

    • Mark Honey

      Sep 22, 2021 at 5:29 pm

      I think you’re getting confused between the European Union and the continent of Europe.

    • Mark

      Sep 24, 2021 at 7:35 am

      The UK is still in the continent of Europe…

  14. Rich

    Sep 22, 2021 at 9:35 am

    Brooks & Bryson are both douche bags ! Get a life, losers !

    • John

      Oct 6, 2021 at 10:28 am

      The only loser I see is the one who made this completely infantile comment.
      Now that is a real loser.

  15. Milo

    Sep 22, 2021 at 9:34 am

    Brooks “Douche Canoe” Koepka

    • GaGolfer

      Sep 22, 2021 at 10:25 am

      What exactly is a douche canoe?

    • Monty

      Sep 22, 2021 at 10:28 am

      Pretty sad you would write something like this. Just shows your character , just like Ian. grow up and act like an Adult.

      • Sharon Needles

        Sep 23, 2021 at 4:10 am

        Your breath smells like cat food.

        • John

          Oct 6, 2021 at 10:30 am

          You just made his point perfectly about growing up.

          SMFH at the stupidity of comments like yours.

  16. Dale Brown

    Sep 22, 2021 at 7:45 am

    Brooks will be fine and “Woosie” can’t count his clubs. Remember The British when he had too many? So Brooks said it was an odd week. Big deal. It is. Everyone talks about it. Every player.

  17. peter kratzmann

    Sep 22, 2021 at 7:34 am

    Koepka is being attacked by defenders of the faith because they can’t support a fellow professional golfer who speaks the truth. Koepka revealed his feelings. He didn’t tell other golfers how they should feel about the Ryder Cup.
    PGA Tour golf is a lonely tough gig Week after week of competing against 72 or 144 of the best. It’s a job that players like Koepka are committed to. So of course a bit annual team event of match play is quite different and feels different. Bravo to Koepka for sharing with the fans just how it feels to him. That doesn’t mean he is going to let his team down.

    • Tim Johnson

      Sep 22, 2021 at 10:22 am

      Give me a freaking break!!! Speaking the truth is what we hope for from our professional athletes but timing is a critical point in this equation. Dont speak like this about a team event right before a team event. Be a team player and look forward to one week out of their “tough gig” to spend some time for the country. Stop being whining little babies.

      PGA being a lonely tough gig is a laugh as well. I travel 95% of my time for my job and I dont have the ability to fly my family with me. It is a lonely gig. PGA players are not lonely – They make so much money now that they can fly their entire entourage with them. They are not traveling alone anymore. This is not the 80’s anymore.

      Either way – Brooks is definitely not a team player and would never be on a team sport. He is about one person and golf is that perfect sport with him. I just cannot wait for him to disappear so we can enjoy the players that love to play this great game. Disappear and go on your vacations with your wife.

      • John

        Oct 6, 2021 at 10:32 am

        Id much prefer angry dopes like you to disappear instead.
        You are the angry baseball parent acting like well… the kids.


  18. George Ounapuu

    Sep 22, 2021 at 7:16 am

    The Ryder Cup is thrilling and crowd supported as a team event. The silly old statement that there is no “I” in team remains. Nuff said.

  19. Justin

    Sep 22, 2021 at 7:05 am

    While Koepka and DeChambeau act like two sides of the same douche coin, it’s difficult to pull for Koepka. He always acts like he wishes he was somewhere else, and seems upset that, while he feels he could’ve been a pro athlete in other sports, was forced into golf.

    Just… get the f*ck over it, man. If you don’t like what you’re doing, no one’s forcing you to be there. Go try out for another sport. Skip the Ryder and President Cups. Just don’t act like someone’s holding a gun to your head to do any of this, then act like a petulant child about all of it.

  20. Scott Troescher

    Sep 22, 2021 at 12:21 am

    Europe wins by 2 touchdowns. Easy call.

  21. Tommy

    Sep 21, 2021 at 7:37 pm

    Brooks Koepka is a sissy trying to act like a tough guy. He’s so caught up in his act that he can’t see out. Other than his ability to hit a golf ball well, he’s a nothing wishing he was something other than a full-on DB. Guys like him pick their victims carefully, in the case of Bryson. He knows that Bryson is fragile. I’d like to see him go after someone who can take it. In the meantime, quit undermining your team you little man.


    Sep 21, 2021 at 5:37 pm

    brooks and bryson the drama queens

  23. Gianni burner

    Sep 21, 2021 at 5:37 pm

    Ian whoooooosname? Who knows n earth is this irrelevant eurotrash elitist-snob? Why does anyone care what this old as dirt euro idiot has to say? Well done again golfwrx……

    • Jeff

      Sep 21, 2021 at 9:01 pm

      Which side are you rooting for?

    • Fin

      Sep 21, 2021 at 11:26 pm

      Ugh Ian Woosnam at 5’6” would beat the living dog snot out of of you and Koepka st the same time.

    • John

      Oct 6, 2021 at 10:34 am

      Literally, the most infantile comment on this thread.
      SMFH at the lack of anything worthwhile to say, just the usual middle school stupidity.


  24. Charlie Woods

    Sep 21, 2021 at 11:15 am

    I am gonna kick the s h i t out of Bryson and Brooksy when I get to Whistling Straits.

  25. Trevor

    Sep 21, 2021 at 6:41 am

    Too much drama.

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‘Never be buddies’ – NHL star hits back at Brooks Koepka following golfer’s heckling



Brooks Koepka, Bubba Watson and Patrick Reed all take part in this week’s LIV Golf Orlando, their own prelude to the Masters starting on April 6th.

So, of course, at Wednesday’s presser, they were asked about their preparations, what would happen if one were to win at Augusta and, naturally, about ‘Cone-gate,’ a recent incident involving Koepka, a traffic cone, and an insult hurled at NHL defenceman Aaron Ekblad. 


Koepka, captain of the Smash GC team, was happy to answer the reporter’s question and had his fellow LIV players intrigued by his revelations:

Q: Brooks, sort of a viral clip from last week at the Panther game, I was just curious what’s your beef with Aaron Ekblad, and did you bring the cone from home?

Brooks: I did not bring the cone. He gave up a bad goal. It was a bad pass in the third. I’m a die-hard P’s fan, and he gave up a bad goal.

Bubba: What sport is this?

Reed: Hockey.

Brooks: Really?

Yeah, it’s all right. Yeah, he gave up a bad goal I think midway through the third, and I just felt like if they didn’t win that game, they weren’t going to make the Playoffs. Dedicated fan, man.

Bubba: What is that cone he’s talking about?

Brooks: There was a cone. There was a cone that was just outside, so I —

Bubba: Were you hydrated that night?

Brooks: Yeah.

Bubba: Now we’re getting to it.

Brooks: Absolutely. Listen, I’m a die-hard fan.

Bubba: Is your shirt on or off?

Brooks: It’s on.

Bubba: I ain’t gonna look at it then.

Brooks: But I’m a die-hard fan, man. When they do something good, I’m the first one to cheer them, I’ll text these guys.

Bubba: Did you not text him?

Brooks: I didn’t text him, no. I did not.

Well, Ekblad has since responded, and told Sportsnet’s Luke Fox that he doesn’t know Koepka and that they will “never be buddies.”

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Brooks Koepka’s coach says he expects LIV golfers to struggle at next week’s Masters



With the permission of Augusta National, the field for next week’s Masters will include six former champions that made the decision to join LIV Golf.

Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Sergio Garcia, Bubba Watson, Charl Schwartzel and Phil Mickelson will all tee it up on 6th April, certain to show that the move to the rebel tour has not diminished their ability to still compete amongst the world’s elite.

However, Pete Cowan, coach to the likes of Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka, says that he is “not optimistic” about the chances of the LIV players at the first major of the year.

In an interview with The Times, the 72-year-old short-game wizard said,

“I’m not optimistic about players who aren’t playing competitively on a regular basis,”

“It’s a big deal. Like any sport, if you’re not competitively sharp you struggle.”

To put that into context, the official world’s top three players have taken part in a total of 21 events between them, with number three Jon Rahm leading the way with eight competitive outings, one ahead of the world number one Scottie Scheffler.

In contrast, 2016 US Open and 2020 Masters champion Dustin Johnson has only played two events since the turn of the year – LIV Mayakoba and LIV Tucson – and the current LIV table leader Charles Howell has done the same.

As The Times states, the most active PGA athletes will have played ‘more than double’ the number of rounds compared to their LIV counterparts come the Masters. There is concern over the level of commitment and desire to win from the LIV players, with last year’s Open Championship winner Cam Smith finishing fifth and 24th in his two outings in 2023, and DJ ranking in 35th and 13th in limited fields.

It may be that it’s money for old rope, but the incentive to appear in one of the PGA Tour’s ‘elevated’ events must also weigh heavily on those that took the big bucks to jump ship in 2022.

Cowan doesn’t slate those that went for the money, agreeing it has to be a motivating factor in sport, no matter what the public persona might say.

“Whether they say they do or not, they all play for money,” he said, before continuing

 “They are selfish and they have to be to be very good players. Ask Rory how much appearance money he gets a year. They all need to get round a table because if someone is investing billions into my sport I’d be saying, ‘How can I accommodate you?'”

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Augusta National Women’s Amateur champ hit with brutal 4-stroke penalty to begin defense



When high school sophomore Anna Davis won the 2022 Augusta National Women’s Amateur, everything went her way.

From charging through the field on the final day with a 69, to seeing leader Latanna Stone finish double-bogey, bogey to hand her the title, the then 16-year-old admitted, “I’m still a little shocked. I literally… I’m speechless. I can’t even fathom what just happened.”

Fast-forward 12 months and the defending champion had a completely opposite opening round, the bad day highlighted with a four-stroke penalty on her opening hole.

In the first round of the ANWA at Champions Retreat, host for the first two rounds of the 54-hole event, Davis twice lifted, cleaned and placed her ball while it was in the rough, mistakenly believing it was ‘preferred lies’ from anywhere.

Davis was then told on the 4th hole that there was a chance the committee would penalize her, but it was only after she finished her round that they confirmed she had lost four strokes, and had to sign for a 9 on hole one.

Chairman of Competition Committees James B Hyler Jr explained, “During play of her first hole, Anna Davis lifted her ball and failed to replace it on its original spot on two separate occurrences. Under Rule 9.4, Ms Davis has been penalized two strokes for each occurrence of playing from a wrong place. Her score on hole 1 will be increased from 5 to 9.”

Davis, who made four cuts from seven outings on the LPGA Tour last season, followed her opening hole with a double at the fourth hole and bogey on the next, standing at eight over par after just five holes. However, she fought back with four birdies and no dropped shots through the last 13 holes, eventually recording a four-over 76, 10 behind leader Rose Zhang.

The 17-year-old told reporters that she had checked the ruling with the group scorer. She asked if the preferred lie ruling apply all over the course and says she was told yes. “I guess he didn’t know,” Davis admitted.

“Aside from hole 1, I played pretty good today,” Davis said. “I hit a lot of shots close. The putter wasn’t really rolling, but I hit good shots.”

“I felt pretty good with my game the next 14 holes after that. I hit good shots. I just tried to forget that the 1st hole happened. All I can really do is have that give me motivation to do well tomorrow and have a good round tomorrow.

I’m playing well so I’m confident that I can do well tomorrow.”

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