Brooks Koepka and Matthew Wolff are part of the same LIV Golf Teambut the relationship between the two golfers seems to be beyond repair.
Koepka, captain of the Smash GC team, ripped wolf earlier in the week, he told Sports Illustrated that he had «basically given up» on the 24-year-old.
«I mean, when you quit your round, give up and stuff like that, that’s not competition,» Koepka told Sports Illustrated.
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«I’m not a big fan of that. You don’t work hard. It’s very difficult. It’s very difficult to even have a team dynamic when you have a guy who won’t work to put in any effort, he’s going to give up on the course, break clubs, gets depressed, bad body language. he’s very tough. I’ve basically given up on him, a lot of talent, but I mean the talent is wasted.»
Wolff has had five consecutive disappointing performances, including pulling out of an event outside Washington, DC, in May.
On Friday, Wolff responded to Koepka’s comments, telling Sports Illustrated that it was «heartbreaking» to hear that Koepka had given up on him.
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«Like everyone who has played at the highest level, I have had competitive moments in the past where I feel I have let myself and even others down in our new team environment,» Wolff said in a statement to SI. «This has been quite difficult for me. My challenges on and off the golf course with my mental health has been well documented. I face those challenges every day.
«However, while my 2023 season hasn’t been all I’d hoped for up to this point, I’ve made positive steps in managing my life and I feel like my game is turning positive. Hearing through the media that the leader of our The team has given up on me is heartbreaking. It’s not what a team member expects to hear from their leader, and I think we all know these comments should have been handled very differently.»
Wolff took a two-month break from golf in 2021 to address his mental health.
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Wolff and Smash GC are playing in the Golf LIV London tournament this weekend at the Centurion Club.
«Ultimately, I am confident that Brooks wants the best for our team,» Wolff’s statement to SI concluded. «But it’s hard to imagine that his comments in his recent interview with SI align in any way with those priorities. This will be my last comment on this matter. I’m addressing the Centurion Club today to try and help our team win this week.» . I appreciate everyone’s continued support and respect for my privacy.»
Fox News’ Chantz Martin contributed to this report.