Koepka: Ryder Cup remarks weren't negative

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Brooks Koepka thinks the media misinterpreted his recent comments regarding the difficulty of Ryder Cup week.

"I never said it was negative. Y'all spun it that way," Koepka said Friday, according to ESPN's Bob Harig. "I said it was different. Like I said, I've never played any of these team events (before turning pro). I didn't play Walker Cup. Never played Junior Ryder Cup. Never played anything.

"I just said it's different. That doesn't mean it's bad."

Koepka described the Ryder Cup as being "a bit odd" in a July interview published by Golf Digest.

"We're just so individualized, and everybody has their routine and a different way of doing things, and now it's like, OK, we have to have a meeting at this time or go do this or go do that," Koepka said in the article. "I can barely see my (personal) team. It's hard to even go to the gym. There's no time to do that at the Ryder Cup. There's no time to decompress."

Koepka's comments didn't sit well with many across golf, including former U.S. Ryder Cup captain Paul Azinger, who questioned whether Koepka should give up his spot.

"If he doesn't love it, he should relinquish his spot and get people there who do love it," Azinger said last week.

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