The battle for world domination in golf has been heating up between Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy over the past few years. Koepka has been on a rampage in the majors while McIlroy pipped him to the FedEx Cup and is closing him down for the world No.1 spot, but the American major monster believes there is no rivalry between himself and McIlroy.
The two golf superstars were paired together during the final round of the Tour Championship at East Lake but it was McIlroy who was victorious and picked up his second FedEx Cup, a trophy that Koepka is yet to win.
Many golf fans were left stunned when McIlroy pipped Koepka to the PGA Player of the Year award, an award voted by their fellow professionals, due to the fact that Koepka had successfully defended the PGA Championship and finished runner up in both the Masters and the US Open.
McIlroy on the other hand had 14 top 10's in 19 starts, including a win at The Players, the RBC Canadian Open and a four-shot win at the Tour Championship to win the FedEx Cup for a second time, although he missed the cut at the Open Championship at Royal Portrush, where he was the home favourite.
This week, Koepka joins a star-studded field in South Korea as he looks to defend the CJ Cup. Speaking to the media ahead of the tournament, Koepka added fuel to the fire by saying that he doesn't see any sort of rivalry with McIlroy.
"I've been out here for, what, five years. Rory hasn't won a major since I've been on the PGA Tour. So I just don't view it as a rivalry," Koepka told AFP.
McIlroy will not be competing on the PGA Tour this week and Koepka is keen to extend the gap at the top of the world rankings.
"I'm not looking at anybody behind me," said Koepka.
"I'm number one in the world. I've got open road in front of me I'm not looking in the rearview mirror, so I don't see it as a rivalry.
"You know if the fans do [call it a rivalry], then that's on them and it could be fun.
"Look I love Rory he's a great player and he's fun to watch, but it's just hard to believe there's a rivalry in golf. I just don't see it."