Brooks Koepka’s coach blasts Golf Channel’s ‘paid actor’ Brandel Chamblee for saying no LIV star can play on the Ryder Cup by referring to sportswashing after NBC confirmed Russia and China Winter Olympics
- Brandel Chamblee’s remarks got here two days after Brooks Koepka won the PGA
- Koepka turned the primary ever LIV Golf participant to win a PGA Tour main
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Claude Harmon III – coach of PGA Championship winner Brooks Koepka – has ripped into Brandel Chamblee after the Golf Channel studio analyst prompt no participant from LIV ought to characteristic on the Ryder Cup this fall.
On Sunday, Koepka gained at Oak Hill for the third time of his profession. His victory made headlines within the aftermath, with the 33-year-old changing into the primary participant from the Saudi Arabia-backed LIV Golf Tour to win a PGA Tour main championship.
Talking on the PGA Championship‘s broadcast, Chamblee and Brad Faxon have been concerned in a heated change when the latter – as soon as ranked as excessive as No. 11 – stated that Koepka might deserve a spot on the USA Ryder Cup group, although Chamblee is strongly in opposition to that occuring.
‘The PGA of America runs the Ryder Cup,’ Faxon stated, explaining Golf’s governing our bodies to his telecast accomplice. ‘I do not suppose this has something to do with… they don’t seem to be enjoying for cash on the Ryder Cup, Brandle. They’re enjoying for his or her nation. He is an American.’
Following the purpose, Chamblee repeated the strains ‘they’re enjoying for his or her nation’, later including: ‘There is a sure sense that the Europeans are enjoying for his or her tour.’ Faxon then said that ‘they’re enjoying golf’, earlier than a clumsy silence emerged on air, with each former execs staring one another down.
Brook Koepka’s coach Claude Harmon III (R) blasted these in opposition to LIV Golfers competing on the Ryder Cup within the fall (seen with Koepka, left, in 2017)
Brandel Chamblee, of The Golf Channel, questioned if LIV golfers would play for his or her nation
And on Tuesday, two days after Koepka’s main win, Harmon III didn’t maintain again in opposition to critics of the LIV Tour, reminiscent of Golfweek author Eamon Lynch and Chamblee.
The latter beforehand used the time period ‘sportswashing’ abound Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund bankrolling the PGA Tour’s rival.
‘Brandel is a paid actor by NBC and Golf Channel… And I imply, I like him, I feel Eamon is a improbable author, however for Eamon Lynch and Brandel Chamblee, who labored for NBC Golf Channel to utter the phrases ”sportswashing” when the corporate they work for televised the final two Winter Olympics in Russia and China with the identical leaders that they’ve had. It isn’t like they have been good leaders again then,’ stated Harmon III through Golfweek.
‘It isn’t like Putin was a superb man, proper?’
Koepka turned the primary ever LIV golfer to win a PGA main championship at Oak Hill, Sunday
After Sunday’s finale at Oak Hill, US Ryder Cup captain, Zach Johnson, made it clear that he wouldn’t rule out LIV players from his 12-man roster.
‘Yeah, he is on the group. He is acquired direct possession in that, completely,’ stated the 47-year-old. ‘Basically, Koepka may earn a spot through the six automated spots or, if he have been to overlook out, through one of many six captain’s picks.’
The Ryder Cup is often held on the finish of September yearly, with USA’s qualification wrapped up after the BMW Championship on August 20.
Whoever finishes among the many six-highest ranked gamers at that time mechanically qualify, with Johnson deciding on his six captain’s picks after the 2023 Tour Championship.
This yr’s Ryder Cup shall be performed for the primary time in Italy on the Marco Simone Golf & Nation Membership in Rome.