Brooks Koepka has no interest in playing the 2020 Ryder Cup if fans are not allowed on the grounds. Though he’s mentioned it before, he reiterated his position during an appearance on Golf Channel on Tuesday.
I personally don’t want to play if there’s no fans. I don’t see a point in playing it, Koepka told Gary Williams on Golf Central.
According to Koepka, his hesitance to compete in the biennial team event at an empty Whistling Straits has nothing to with not wanting to sport the stars and stripes on his golf gear. Instead, Koepka contends that the absence of fans on-site will hurt the event and take away from the typically boisterous atmosphere.
The fans make that event. That’s what we get nervous on the first tee. You hear the chants. You hear everything that’s going on the U-S-A, all that stuff. That’s what makes it fun, Koepka said.
What Koepka didn’t consider was the hordes of fans who avidly follow the Ryder Cup action on TV from the comforts of their homes. One such Twitter user responded to a tweet about Koepka’s comments making that exact point.