It wasn’t the closing ceremony or the Ryder Cup after-party, it was the Team USA press conference and the American side had just wrapped up a rambling and boozy Q&A with a strange request.
“I think before this is all over we should have Brooks and Bryson hugging in the middle of the room. To prove how much of a team we are, they’re going to give us a hug, ”Justin Thomas said with a big smile.
DeChambeau and Koepka had become a flashpoint on the PGA Tour in recent months after an awkward trade at the PGA Championship. At the Memorial, fans joined in with chants of “Brooksie” directed at DeChambeau and last month the tour drew a hard line on “harassing and disruptive behavior” directed against DeChambeau.
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But after the dominant United States 19-9 victory over the Europeans at Whistling Straits, questions of team unity and camaraderie were raised. So much so that Thomas saw his chance.
DeChambeau and Koepka hugged each other while holding the Ryder Cup with the rest of the team, singing, “Why can’t we be friends.