Six-time Ryder Cup player Howard Clark believes the well-publicised spat between Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau could work in Europe’s favour at the Ryder Cup in September.
The fractious relationship appeared to hit an entertaining new low during the US PGA Championship. Leaked video of an unaired Golf Channel interview hit social media and appeared to show the contempt Koepka holds for his rival.
Clark said: “Koepka and DeChambeau are two of the best players on their team and this could fester between now and when the teams turn up Whistling Straights in September.
“The US will have everything in their favour by playing on home soil but there’s obviously some animosity between those two as it was clearly not a humorous exchange of words, so there’s every chance it could work in our favour. You just can’t afford to have any unrest in the camp going into what has become the biggest event in golf.
“A lot of our players are now playing more in the US than over here, but as it stands right now we will have a very strong team.
“One of the reasons Europe has been so successful in recent years is because of the camaraderie and strong team spirit and our captain Padraig Harrington will make sure they are a tight knit bunch.
“If their spat continues it could be as good as early points on the board for us.”
Clark was speaking at a Q&A at The Dakota Hotel in Leeds which hosted a reception and prize giving for guests who played in a golf day to launch Welcome to Yorkshire’s new golf membership scheme.
The event was played at Headingley Golf Club in Leeds which will jointly host the English Men’s and Women’s Amateur Championships with neighbours Moortown, from 27 July- 1 August 2021.
Headingley is one of 26 courses in Yorkshire designed by world renowned golf course architect Dr Alister MacKenzie. The Normanton born surgeon turned course designer went on the gain fame by creating some of the finest courses across the globe including Augusta National, Cypress Point and Royal Melbourne but he left an embarrassment of riches in his home county.
Former England and Leeds United goalkeeper Paul Robinson finished runner-up in the Texas Scramble event with his team of Matt Kilgallon, Mark Rosenbroek, and former European Tour player David Lynn, and is a big fan of golf in Yorkshire. “I started playing at Beverley & East Riding Golf Club where my Dad is still a member and I always enjoy going back there.
“But my favourite course has to be my home club of Knaresborough. It’s a hidden gem with the best greens and is always in great condition.
“When I was playing football family and golf were my escapes, and golf is now a big part of my social calendar and I play in as many of the Yorkshire pro-am events as I can.
“I am also a member at Leeds Golf Centre and what’s great about golf in Yorkshire is the variety of courses we have on our doorstep from the links courses on the coast to the parkland and heathland classics. We are very lucky. “
Golfers can sign up for a free individual Welcome to Yorkshire golf membership which includes a quarterly newsletter, free to enter competitions and the chance to play in golf events across the county by visiting : golf.yorkshire.com