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Koepka has message for LIV Ryder Cup snubs: 'Play better'

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Brooks Koepka was the lone LIV Golf defector selected for this week's Ryder Cup, and he had an abrupt suggestion for his peers who may feel snubbed.

"Play better," he said, per Golf Digest's Shane Ryan. "That's always the answer.

"I don't make the decisions," he added. "Everybody had an opportunity to get there. I mean, I had the same opportunity as every other LIV player, and I'm here."

Zach Johnson selected Koepka for the U.S. team with one of his captain picks after the 33-year-old posted a strong 2023 campaign. Koepka had one victory and three additional top-five finishes on the LIV circuit this year. He also won the PGA Championship and earned a runner-up at the Masters.

Koepka's trip to Rome will be his fourth Ryder Cup. He's compiled a 6-5-1 record at the event but has never lost a singles match.

Bryson DeChambeau, another big name who jumped from the PGA TOUR to LIV, said last weekend after winning his second event of the year that "it definitely does sting" not to be considered by Johnson to play in the Ryder Cup. He added that he believes he'd help his country rack up points based on his current form.

Team Europe didn't select any LIV players for its roster.

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