“Brooks Koepka Criticizes LIV Teammate Wolff for Quitting”
See, team golf can be fun too.
Smash GC captain Brooks Koepka dropped the People’s Elbow on his soon to be former teammate Matthew Wolff for quitting on the course.
“I mean, when you quit on your round, you give up and stuff like that, that’s not competing,” Koepka told Sports Illustrated. “I’m not a big fan of that. You don’t work hard. It’s very tough. It’s very tough to have even like a team dynamic when you’ve got one guy that won’t work, one guy is not going to give any effort, he’s going to quit on the course, break clubs, gets down, bad body language, it’s very tough.”
Brooksy ain’t dealing with that kind of attitude Matt.
Wolff currently sits in 25th place in the players standings (out of 50). He finished fifth in the third tournament of the season. But he’s only placed better than 41st in the four tournaments since then.
He was a highly touted prospect coming out of college in 2019. He scored one win on the PGA Tour before bolting for LIV.
Wolff Responds Citing Mental Health
The following day from Koepka’s comments, Wolff released a statement defending his honor.
“To hear through the media that our team leader has given up on me is heartbreaking,” Wolff said. “It’s not what a team member looks to hear from its leader, and I think we all know these comments should have been handled much differently. But I’m moving forward and won’t ever give up on myself. While on course results may not appear now to be positive indicators, I’m trying to win an even BIGGER game with my life.”
The random all caps word are always appreciated in an athlete’s statement. Really brings the whole thing home.
C’mon Brooks, this is a guy’s life we’re talking about. And you’re worried about broken clubs?
I’m not trying to start anything with this, but this is the one thing that gets me when athletes say they’re having mental health issues.
If your mental health is that big of an issue, then why are you out here playing? Shouldn’t you be away from the game working on your mental health?
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