Claude Harmon III is one of the best professional golf coaches in the business and works with Brooks Koepka. After winning his third PGA Championship, the question of whether Koepka should make the America’s Ryder Cup team has become a hot topic.
Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee proved that he doesn’t believe that Koepka or any other player on the Saudi-backed LIV Tour should make the team. After Sunday’s round, the debate between Chamblee and Brad Faxon became a bit controversial.
Some agreed with Chamblee, and others with Faxon. However, Harmon III made bombastic claims about Chamblee, Golfweek reports.
“Brandel is a paid actor by NBC and the Golf Channel. All he was trying to do was get his lines and shows for the Golf Channel,” said Harmon III. “He was just trying to get a line for Brandel… And I mean I love him, I think Eamon is a fantastic writer, but for Eamon Lynch and Brandel Chamblee, who work for the NBC Golf Channel say the words ‘sports wash’ when the company they worked on broadcasting the last two Winter Olympics in Russia and China with the same leader they had. It’s not like they were good leaders back then. Not that Putin is a good person, right?”
Harmon III understands both sides of the story when it comes to LIV and the PGA Tour. He has players on both sides of the aisle.
By finishing runner-up to Koepka at the Masters and winning the PGA Championship, he currently has one of six qualifying spots for the Ryder Cup team. If he plays well in the US Open and Open Championships, all this discussion might not matter.
This 12-member team has six automatically qualified members and six captain options. Players earn one point per $1,000 in regular PGA Tour events starting January 1. Winners of the four majors can earn two points per $1,000. Finally, players can earn 1.5 points per $1,000 for making cuts in all four majors.
Koepka’s victory in the PGA Championship sparked a never-ending debate.