Finally week’s CJ Cup, Brooks Koepka made a number of pointed remarks about his competition — or lack thereof — with Rory McIlroy. The 2 tangled down the stretch on the WGC-Memphis (Koepka received) and the Excursion Championship (McIlroy received) and had been the 2 transparent favorites for PGA Excursion Participant of the Yr (McIlroy received that, too).

However Koepka was once dismissive of the theory and threw some color in McIlroy’s route in his resolution. “I’ve been out right here for, what, 5 years. Rory hasn’t received a big since I’ve been at the PGA Excursion. So I simply don’t view it as a competition,” Koepka instructed the AFP. “I’m no longer taking a look at anyone in the back of me,” he added. “I’m No. 1 on the planet. I’ve were given open highway in entrance of me and I’m no longer taking a look within the rearview reflect, so I don’t see it as a competition.”

The feedback raised eyebrows, together with the ones of Golfing Channel persona Brandel Chamblee, who referred to as them “disrespectful.”

All through Monday’s Japan Skins, GolfTV’s Henni Zuel stuck up with McIlroy mid-round to deal with the remarks. McIlroy gave a characteristically considerate reaction.

“I felt like … I feel it’s laborious,” McIlroy mentioned. “We’ve all had it the place we get requested in press meetings about different gamers. I’ve had it the place it’s like, why are those guys asking me about any individual else, are we no longer meant to be right here to be speaking about me? And prefer, what Brooks mentioned wasn’t fallacious. He’s been the most productive participant on the planet the ultimate couple of years, 4 majors.”

McIlroy was once (unsurprisingly) much less fascinated with the no-major color thrown his means.

“I don’t suppose he needed to take me back to the fact that I hadn’t received one shortly,” he added with a grin. “However I really like Brooks, he’s a perfect man and clearly tremendous aggressive like all of us are. I assume I will see the place he’s coming from; we’re out right here, we will be able to’t keep an eye on any person else, we simply must play our personal golfing. And glance, I mentioned a pair issues after the Excursion Championship that I approached that ultimate around like a competition as a result of he were given one over on me in Memphis and I sorta sought after to get him again.”

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