Brooks Koepka "shook his head" when saw Matt Wolff was DEAD LAST at LIV London

Smash GC captain Brooks Koepka is said to be "even more frustrated" after Matt Wolff finished last at LIV Golf London. 

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Mon, 10 Jul 2023
Brooks Koepka "shook his head" when saw Matt Wolff was DEAD LAST at LIV London

Brooks Koepka is said to be "even more frustrated" with Matt Wolff after his out-of-favour Smash GC teammate member finished dead last at LIV Golf London on Sunday afternoon.

According to a GolfMagic source with insight into the latest goings-on at LIV Golf, it is understood Koepka took one look at the leaderboard on Sunday at Centurion Club and just "shook his head" in disbelief at seeing Wolff card a lacklustre 7-over 78

It had similar vibes to when Brooks rolled his eyes at Bryson back in the day. 

Wolff's final round included a triple-bogey seven on the 1st and a double-bogey seven on the gettable par-5 9th, which he had eagled in the second round. 

Had Wolff indeed given up on the team just because he was out of the running in the individual tournament, as per Koepka's comments earlier in the week? 

It certainly looked like it...

Wolff, who has one PGA Tour title to his name coming at the 2019 3M Open, ended up finishing bottom of the 47-man pile (the field size was 48 but Paul Casey was forced out of the final round) on a dismal 8-over par at LIV Golf London. 

It's once again not sat well with Koepka. 

"I know Brooks is even more frustrated with Matt after his poor performance at LIV Golf London," our source revealed following the final day's play at Centurion Club. 

"Brooks knows Matt's talents, he's already made that clear and that's why he wanted him on his team in the first place.

"But to end up shooting a 78 when the team still needed him to contribute on Sunday has just not gone down well again. 

"You could argue it just backs up what Brooks was saying earlier in the week, whether people like that or not. 

"I caught BK shaking his head when he saw Matt's score on Sunday. He just wants to see more from him. 

"It just doesn't sound like Matt has anywhere near the same work ethic as BK, or the others (Chase Koepka, Jason Kokrak). 

"Hopefully they can sort it out soon but it doesn't look good. I guess when you see they've wiped Matt's own social handle off the Smash GC Instagram page, it doesn't exactly give Matt a great deal of faith."

Here's a look at the Smash GC page, which recently removed Wolff from their bio: 

Koepka himself finished in tied 17th on 7-under par LIV Golf London. 

Smash GC's two other players, Chase Koepka and Jason Kokrak, finished in a tie for 26th on 5-under par. 

None of Wolff's individual scores of 2-over par, 1-under par or 7-over par counted at Centurion Club for Smash GC.

Koepka's team ended up finishing 11th of 12th on the team leaderboard at 17-under.

Phil Mickelson's HyFlyers finished last.

In terms of the overall standings on the LIV Golf League right now, Smash GC lie 7th on the leaderboard. 

There are now just five more events of the LIV Golf League season. 

Dustin Johnson's 4 Aces GC, which won the inaugural season and the team prize at LIV Golf London on Sunday, are once again out in front as things stand in the season-long race. 

When it comes to the individual standings, Wolff is not doing too badly with his own ball at 27th.

Koepka is third, with LIV Golf London champion Cam Smith in second and a red-hot Talor Gooch topping the standings. 

Brooks' younger brother Chase is currently 47th, it should probably be noted... but that's for another day!

Wolff started the LIV Golf League brightly this season with a 10th, 12th and 5th

But his form has badly dipped since with results of 44, 41, 34, WD, 44 and 47

Recent results have seemingly caused Koepka to take aim at Wolff, who has been open about his own recent mental health struggles.

Just before the start of LIV Golf London, Koepka told in an interview with Sports Illustrated that "it's very tough to have even like a team dynamic when you've got one guy that won't work, one guy is not going to give any effort, he's going to quit on the course, break clubs, gets down, bad body language, it's very tough."

The five-time major champion then added: "I've basically given up on him - a lot of talent, but I mean the talent's wasted."

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Wolff eventually caught wind of those comments and admitted he was "heartbroken" by them.

Here's what Wolff had to say to SI when hearing Koepka's comments: 

“I read the SI interview with our captain Brooks Koepka & it was beyond disappointing to me. When I chose to join his Team in 2023, I did so with much optimism about my new home as part of Team Smash and equally as important the chance to be around and learn from a player of Brooks’s stature. Like everyone who has ever played the game at the highest level, I have had competitive moments in the past that I feel I have let myself down and even others in our new team environment. This has been quite difficult for me. My challenges on and off the golf course with my mental health has been well documented. I deal with those challenges every day… However, while my 2023 season has not been all I had hoped for to this point, I have made positive strides in managing my life and feel Ike my game is turning for the positive. To hear through the media that our team leader has given up on me is heartbreaking. It’s not what a team member looks to hear from its leader, and I think we all know these comments should have been handled much differently. But I’m moving forward and won’t ever give up on myself. While on course results may not appear now to be positive indicators, I’m trying to win an even BIGGER game with my life…. Finally, I trust Brooks wants what is best for our team. But it’s hard to imagine his comments in his recent SI interview in any way line up with those priorities. This will be my last comment on this matter. I’m heading out today to the Centurion Club trying to help our team win this week. I appreciate everyone’s continued support and your respect for my privacy.”

It very much remains to be seen whether Koepka and Wolff can iron out their issues together for the good of Smash GC. 

But as it stands, it would appear highly likely that Wolff will be looking for a trade sooner rather than later. 

By the sounds of it, he already is, but we will have more on that soon. 

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