BRYSON DECHAMBEAU and Brooks Koepka finally ended their long-running feud with a big hug in front of the Ryder Cup – with team-mate Justin Thomas singing: “Why can’t we be friends?”
Thomas urged Koepka and DeChambeau to kiss and make up as the Americans basked in the glow from the biggest win either side has achieved in their 42-year rivalry with Europe.
Their feud includes body-shaming, major-haul gloating, Twitter spats and interview interrupting over the last few years.
But Thomas said: “Before this is all over we should have Brooks and Bryson hug in the middle of the room.
“To prove how much of a team we are, they are going to hug.”
The pair had shared a brief embrace beside the 18th green and patted each other on the back.
But this one was a lot warmer, with both players smiling broadly.
Koepka was slammed before the Ryder Cup began for saying he found the whole week ‘a bit odd’.
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However, he said no one could question his commitment after his singles victory over Bernd Wiesberger earned him his second point of the week – while frenemy DeChambeau beat Sergio Garcia 3&2.
He said: “It’s a different group of guys. It’s a lot more fun than in years past.
“It’s a very close-knit group of guys. Everybody is a bit younger and everybody has known each other for 15-plus years, it feels like.”
Jordan Spieth predicted that camaraderie would lead to another big win in Rome – and an era of US dominance following the 19-9 Slaughter by the Water.
Spieth said: “I think it was a massive stepping stone for this team and the group that we have here, that have really known each other since almost back to grade school.
“It’s one thing to win it over here, and it is a lot easier to do so.
“It is much harder to win over there but if we play like we did this week, the score will look the same over there in a couple of years. That’s what we’re here for.”