Koepka ridicules no­tion of ri­valry with Mcil­roy

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Sport | Athletics - By James Cor­ri­gan GOLF COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Brooks Koepka has dis­missed the hyp­ing of a “ri­valry” with Rory Mcil­roy, with­er­ingly point­ing out that the Ir­ish­man “has not won a ma­jor since I have been on the PGA Tour”.

While Mcil­roy, the world No2, has talked up his chal­lenge of leapfrog­ging Koepka in the rank­ings, the Amer­i­can is adamant there is no duel go­ing on for top hon­ours.

Mcil­roy 30, de­nied Koepka the $15 mil­lion (£11.6 mil­lion) Fedex jack­pot in Au­gust, but the lat­ter ap­pears more in­ter­ested in count­ing up the re­cent ma­jors. And al­though they are on four each, Mcil­roy has en­dured five blank years while Koepka won his quar­tet in the past three sea­sons. “I’ve been out here for, what, five years,” Koepka told AFP. “Rory hasn’t won a ma­jor since I have been on the PGA Tour. So I just don’t view it as a ri­valry. I’m not look­ing at any­body be­hind me. I’m No1 in the world. I’ve got open road in front of me.”

He could still be smart­ing from his fel­low pro­fes­sion­als vot­ing Mcil­roy PGA Tour player of the year, a de­ci­sion that Mcil­roy ad­mit­ted he found “sur­pris­ing”.

Koepka, 29, de­fends his CJ Cup ti­tle in South Korea this week.

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