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Brooks Koepka has a message for fellow LIV golfers aggrieved at missing out on the Ryder Cup.

Play better.

Despite playing in only a handful of qualifying events by dint of his defection to the Saudi-funded tour, the PGA champion finished narrowly outside the automatic qualifying spots for the US team, ultimately landing one of US captain Zach Johnson’s six wild cards.

He is the only player aligned with LIV to be featuring in Rome this week and he was characteristically blunt in summarising what the likes of Bryson DeChambeau & Co. need to do to ensure they don’t miss out on future editions of the match.

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“I don’t make the decisions,” said the 33-year-old. “Everybody had an opportunity to get there. I mean, I had the same opportunity as every other LIV player, and I’m here.

“Play better. That’s always the answer.”

Koepka’s comments come hot on the heels of DeChambeau complaining about not receiving a phone call from Johnson when the wild cards were being dished out.

After winning the LIV Golf Chicago event on Sunday, he said: “If you look at it, it would have been nice to at least just have a call. There are numerous people that I think Zach should have called out here, and we didn’t get that.

“I understand, I get it, but we’re nothing different. We’re still competing. We’re still working super hard to be the best we possibly can be.

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“I have no idea what it was or who made that decision, but it would have been nice for them to consider us more because we’re pretty damn good out here.”

Elsewhere, Koepka shared his belief that “very few” of the 24 players involved this week would want to be involved in some kind of playoff should the match finish 14-14 at the close of play on Sunday.

“Other than the Ryder Cup, I think the most pressure you can feel is in a major,” he said. “Guys should believe in themselves, but everybody else has got to be thinking that they don’t. That’s why I think that way. You’ve got to think you’re the best player on the golf course, best player on the team, best player in that current time, and if you don’t, then there’s something wrong with you.

“You’ve always got to believe you’re the best and want to be the best and have that drive, and that’s what’s going to put you over the edge.

“I think a lot of guys have it, but I don’t know how many guys would want an eight-footer with this on the line.”

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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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