Brooks Koepka has denied any fight with Dustin Johnson

By Khadrice Rollins and Scooby Axson
October 02, 2018

Tensions among players on the U.S. Ryder Cup team appear to have boiled over after multiple reports have come out alleging Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson needed to be separated after an altercation on Sunday.

The two were reportedly at a party with the European team when the dust up occurred. According to reports, Johnson's fiancé, Paulina Gretzky, and Koepka's girlfriend, Jena Sims, were also involved in the incident.

French outlet L'Equipe reports issues between the teammates began earlier in the week when they allegedly got into it on the team plane.

Johnson and Koepka, the No. 1 and No. 3 golfers in the world, respectively, have been close for some time now. The two appeared on the cover of Golf magazine together, work with the same trainer in Florida and have been given the nickname "Bash Brothers." The duo played together in Saturday afternoon foursomes and lost 2 and 1 to Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson.

Koepka denied any beef with Johnson.

"This Dustin thing I don't get," said Koepka, before the Alfred Dunhill Links event. "There is no fight, no argument, he's one of my best friends. I love the kid to death and we talked on the phone Monday and yesterday and he told me how he thought.

This comes on the heels of a New York Times story in which Patrick Reed said Jordan Spieth did not want to be paired with him at during the event despite their successful history together, and he called out captain Jim Furyk for sitting him twice during the afternoon session.

The U.S. lost the Ryder Cup 17.5-10.5 to Europe, marking the ninth defeat in the last 12 Ryder Cup for the Americans. The U.S. has not won on European soil since 1993.

Koepka also addressed the Ryder Cup, where a spectator was by a tee shot. The fan reportedly lost use of her right eye.

"Yesterday was probably one of the worst days of my life," Koepka said. "There's nobody that feels worse about this than I did. It's a tragic accident what happened. I mean, I'm heartbroken. I'm all messed up inside. In my career it will be the one shot that I definitely regret."

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