Brooks Koepka denies confrontation with 'best friend' Dustin Johnson

Reports alleged that Koepka threatened to 'flatten' Johnson after an altercation between the players' wives

Tom Kershaw@trlkershaw
Wednesday 03 October 2018 18:07
Europe celebrate rousing victory in the 2018 Ryder Cup

Brooks Koepka has dismissed accounts that he and “best-friend” Dustin Johnson almost came to blows amid the post-Ryder Cup celebrations in Paris on Sunday.

Reports alleged that Koepka and Johnson’s wives became involved in a heated discussion as the American team went to congratulate Team Europe before Koepka became incensed and threatened to flatten the world no.1.

But ahead of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship which kicks of the European Tour season on Thursday, Koepka flatly denied the accusations and instead claimed the story is a concoction of the American media.

“The problem is you guys [the media] try to find a reason why we lost and the simple reason is we just didn't play good enough.”

"He's one of my best friends. I love the kid to death. We talked on the phone Monday and yesterday so you tell me how we fought. People like to make a story and run with it. It's not the first time there's been a news story that isn't true that's gone out."

The three-time major champion has confronted America’s golf media in the past and was irked just two weeks ago after being overlooked for an interview, taking thinly-veiled swipes at his fellow players.

“You’ve got guys who will kiss up, and I’m not gonna kiss up,” Koepka told an on-course reporter later that week. “I don’t need to kiss anyone’s butt. I’m here to play golf. I’m not here to do anything else..

“A lot of guys are known for the stuff they do off the golf course and who they like to hang around. It’s pretty obvious who’s doing that and who isn’t. I don’t need to bend over backwards to be friends with anyone [in the media].

Koepka revealed earlier this week that he was "heartbroken" to discover a spectator who he hit with an errant drive at Le Golf National lost her sight in one eye.

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