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Paul Azinger Questions Brooks Koepka's Place On USA Ryder Cup Team

Paul Azinger Questions Brooks Koepka's Place On USA Ryder Cup Team

Former US Ryder Cup captain Paul Azinger has called Brooks Koepka's involvement in the Ryder Cup into question due to the world number nine's complaints about the competition.

In an interview with Golf Digest, Koepka spoke about his struggle with making the transition from playing what is usually an individual sport to being part of a team.

"It's tough," said Koepka.

"There are times where I'm like, I won my match. I did my job. What do you want from me?"

Azinger: 'I’m not sure Brooks Koepka loves the Ryder Cup'

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During an NBC conference call, Azinger - who captained USA to victory at Valhalla in 2008 - suggested that if Koepka doesn't enjoy the tournament, he should cede his place to someone who does.

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"Brooks, I just read that article, I’m not sure he loves the Ryder Cup that much," said Azinger.

"If he doesn’t love it, he should relinquish his spot and get people there who do love the Ryder Cup.

"Not everybody embraces it, but if you don’t love it and you’re not sold out, then I think Brooks should – especially being hurt, should consider whether or not he really wants to be there.

"Then if you add the Bryson dynamic to that, that would be an easier decision for him.

"Brooks is one of the most candid, most honest guys there is, and if he’s blatantly honest with himself and doesn’t want to be there, he should come out and say it."

Azinger also addressed the ongoing feud between Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau.

"I don’t know, I’m a fan of both players," he said.

"I just feel like it’s going to be one or the other.

"They’re going to put the weight of the team on their shoulders, or they’re going to be a pain in the neck."

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