Ryder cup star Ian Woosnam tells Team USA golfer Brooks Koepka to "get a life"

Ian Woosnam has told Brooks Koepka to "get a life" and accused him of damaging Team USA's chances of winning back the Ryder Cup.

Europe head into battle with Steve Stricker's men at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin on Friday looking to defend the trophy they claimed in such emphatic fashion in Paris in 2018.

Koepka has caused shockwaves ahead of the showdown after criticising the Ryder Cup schedule, while suggesting he doesn't even want to take part in the biennial team event.

Now European legend Woosnam has fanned the flames ahead of the clash by accusing Koepka of making excuses – and reckons the four-time Major winner's on-going feud with team-mate Bryson DeChambeau is ruining Stricker's hopes of downing Padraig Harrington's men.

DeChambeau has also been complaining about having damaged hands – and Woosnam reckons both of the American stars are now damaged goods who no-one will want to play with.

Woosnam, who captained Europe to Ryder Cup glory in Ireland in 2006, said: "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!

"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.

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"It wouldn’t surprise me if neither of the them (Koepka and DeChambeau) played. They’re both making excuses if you ask me.
Something about his hands? Who'd want to play with him."

Europe have won nine of the last 12 Ryder Cups and Woosnam reckons America remain a group of individuals with no team spirit.

Team USA were rocked by a row between Koepka and Dustin Johnson in the wake of their thrashing in France three years ago and Woosnam believes it is playing into European hands.

The former Masters champion added: "They're all individuals – and that's what they've always been. I thought they were coming more together over these last few matches, but you're just seeing some of the articles with these two, you can see it spreading away.

"You hear all this stuff last time between Dustin Johnson and Koepka – is there something going on with him (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'. Well, all the better.

"That's a psychological advantage straight away. I know we're underdogs, but in team events we're even, or further forward. Harrington should be saying, 'look at them, they're already arguing'. Let's see if we can play on that a little bit."

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