‘If I break my wrist, you’re both f******’: Brooks Koepka DRIVES with two umpires as he seeks relief from a bad rough lie as Team USA opens a six-point lead over Europe on the Ryder Cup
- Brooks Koepka was involved in Ryder Cup with two referees in a row
- Incident occurred on the 15th when Koepka sought relief from a bad lie in the rough
- Europe is in danger of being defeated despite Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia’s victory
Europe faced an embarrassing Ryder Cup defeat despite a brilliant comeback win for Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia in a match that saw Brooks Koepka engaged in an inappropriate argument with two umpires.
Rahm and Garcia recovered from the loss of the first three holes, beating Koepka and Daniel Berger 3 and 1 for their second straight foursome win in Whistling Straits.
However, the Spanish duo are the only European duo to have won a match, as the United States secured their third consecutive session 3-1 to extend their overall lead to 9-3.
Brooks Koepka of team United States was involved in the Ryder Cup with two umpires in a row
Koepka told the umpires ‘If I break my wrist it’s both of you’ as he sought relief from a bad rough lie
Koepka and Daniel Berger were defeated in the foursome by Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia
Rahm and Garcia have a comeback win, but Europe is in danger of being beaten in the Ryder Cup
Steve Stricker’s side only needs five and a half points more of the 16 available to get the trophy back.
Paul Casey and Tyrrell Hatton fought back from a four-hole deficit to Dustin Johnson and Collin Morikawa and were only one deficit when Casey hollowed out for an eagle on 14th from 107 yards, but promptly bogeyed on the next en route to a 2 and 1 defeat.
Rookies Viktor Hovland and Bernd Wiesberger led three after six holes over Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth, before losing two holes in a heated match in which Thomas indicated he was unhappy when asked to hole a short par putt.
Team Europe’s Paul Casey (R) and Tyrrell Hatton were defeated by Team USA’s Collin Morikawa (L) and Dustin Johnson
Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth won for Team USA against Viktor Hovland and Bernd Wiesberger
And Lee Westwood and Matt Fitzpatrick were beaten 2 and 1 by Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay, meaning Westwood has now lost his last six games and Fitzpatrick all four in 2016 and 2021.
It could have been worse if Rahm and Garcia hadn’t turned the opening game around, Garcia birdied the ninth and also a six foot hole on the 12th to get ahead for the first time.
The controversial incident involving Koepka occurred on the 15th when he sought relief from a bad lie in the wild, claiming there was a hindrance to his succession.
After being rejected by a referee, Koepka asked for a second opinion but didn’t get the answer he wanted and angrily told the referees, “If I break my wrist, it’s on both of you.”
Team USA’s Xander Schauffele (L) and Patrick Cantlay beat Lee Westwood (R) and Matt Fitzpatrick
Koepka, who injured himself hitting a tree root and withdrew from the Tour Championship earlier this month, eventually took the shot and even found the green, but a stunning approach to the next from Garcia resulted in a conceded eagle and the match was over. next one.
Europe captain Padraig Harrington had previously defended his decision to let former world number one Rory McIlroy out of a session for the first time in his career.
McIlroy had played 26 consecutive games since his debut with Celtic Manor in 2010, but lost twice on opening day – alongside Ian Poulter and Shane Lowry – without even reaching the 16th hole.
“Rory, we need him for singles,” Harrington told Sky Sports. “Pushing him out this morning, letting him play five times, would be a lot. Obviously you’re going to see him this afternoon.
“If we’re going to win tomorrow, we’re going to need a big singles day. We have to take that into account.’