Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson’s friendship has been well-documented, but there are rumors of a feud between the two golfers. The Telegraph reported that Koepka and Johnson had to be separated during Ryder Cup festivities back in October of 2018.
Anger among the United States team over their dismal Ryder Cup defeat boiled over in the post-match festivities when their two top-ranked players, Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka, had to be separated after a flare-up.
So much for this new era of Stars and Stripes camaraderie. Witnesses recounted how the pair almost came to blows after they had been invited into the Europe team room, a few hours after the resounding home success at Le Golf National.
The source of the reported beef is unknown, and Koepka’s representatives denied to Golf Digest that there was an incident.
When reached for comment, Koepka’s representation denied the story. “From what I gather I believe someone made this story up,” said Blake Smith, Koepka’s agent. “Nothing to report on our end.” At the time of this article’s publication, Johnson’s agent has not responded to a request for comment.
Koepka Noted Media “Lied” About the Reported Fight With Johnson & Said There Would Have Been “Black Eyes” If the Golfers Really Fought
Koepka has repeatedly denied the incident occurred. The two golfers were seen chatting it up during the practice round on the second day of the Masters.
“There’s a lot of lies that came out of that Ryder Cup, we’ll put it that way,” Koepka told Boomer and Gio, per Golf Magic. “There’s a lot of untruth, untruthful statements that have been said about that. The stuff with me and DJ, you saw that. I mean, if we really got in a fight, one of us would have had a black eye, I promise you.”
Golf Digest Reported Paulina Gretzky & Jena Sims Were Involved in the Altercation
Golf Digest refuted Koepka’s representation’s account and reported an altercation did happen. Golf Digest also reported Koepka’s girlfriend, Jena Sims, and Johnson’s girlfriend, Paulina Gretzky, were involved in the dispute.
Although Koepka’s representation has refuted this story, sources have confirmed to Golf Digest that an altercation did take place…
Specifically what happened to cause Johnson and Koepka to be separated is unclear. A source told Golf Digest that Paulina Gretzky, Johnson’s fiancee, was a central figure in the incident. Koepka’s girlfriend, Jena Sims, was also involved.
Koepka initially refuted the report at an October press conference, per ESPN.
“This Dustin thing I don’t get,” Koepka noted, per ESPN. “There is no fight, no argument, he’s one of my best friends. I love the kid to death and we talked on the phone Monday and yesterday and he told me how he thought. 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 has gone out. As far as the camaraderie [within the U.S. Ryder Cup team] it was fine, it was perfect. The problem is you guys try to find a reason why we lost and the simple reason is we didn’t play good.”