Koepka ridicules notion of rivalry with Mcilroy
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.