I feel like it should be an unwritten rule that you don’t trash talk when you are getting your ass handed to you.
I’d say that most people probably follow that rule, but professional golfer (and LIV defector) Brooks Koepka apparently didn’t get the memo. Team USA is currently taking on Team Europe in the Ryder Cup, and this morning’s competition ended in pretty lopsided fashion.
In the Ryder Cup, a team of golfers from Europe and a team from America battle out on the golf course in different match play matches, and anytime one of the teams win, 1 point is awarded to the winning team (matches that are tied are halved).
After the first set of matches, Europe was out to a commanding 4 to nothing lead, and when the afternoon matches got started (they are playing in Rome so for us over here, it was all morning matches), Team USA needed to rally.
Things were looking okay, and with most of the matches headed to the back nine, Team USA led three of the four that were out on the course.
However, the Americans did not finish up well, and call it a rally from Europe, or a choke job from USA, but the afternoon matches ended with three ties and one win for Europe. So now, Team USA is down 6.5 to 1.5, which ties the largest deficit on day one ever in the history of the Ryder Cup.
One of the matches that ended up being tied was the team of Brooks Koepka and Scottie Sheffler taking on Spaniard Jon Rahm and Nicolai Hojgaard.
It looked as though Team USA was going to be able to secure a win in the match, especially since they birdied the last five holes.
However, the heroics of Jon Rahm, currently the third ranked golfer in the world, were too much to overcome, and Team Europe came back and halved the match thanks to two eagles in the last three holes.
As you can see in the above clip, Brooks Koepka could only stand and admire Rahm’s unbelievable eagle putt. It seemed as though he was being a good sport about it all when he shook his hand, but that vibe changed when Koepka was talking to the media afterwards.
Someone asked Brooks how he was feeling after his match against Rahm brutally ended, and Brooks said this:
“I want to hit a board and pout just like Jon Rahm did. But, you know… it is what it is. Act like a child… but we’re adults, we move on.”