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Brandel Chamblee, Brad Faxon have all-time awkward 'standoff' over whether LIV's Brooks Koepka should play in the Ryder Cup

May 22, 2023

If you're a golf fan and you're not watching "Live From" during a major, you're doing it all wrong. Sometimes the drama from the Golf Channel set tops what even happens on the course. And on Sunday night, we were all gifted such a moment.

The debate over whether Brooks Koepka should—and, ultimately, will—be on the U.S. Ryder Cup team will be a hot one in the coming months. But following his win at the 2023 PGA Championship, there's no question he's one of the 12 best American golfers on the planet. And with career major title No. 5, Koepka has moved all the way up to No. 2 in the U.S. points standings.

The top six on that list are expected to automatically qualify for the squad, but as for the six captain's picks, things are a bit up in the air thanks to LIV Golf. And on Sunday, U.S. captain Zach Johnson didn't provide any solid answers on how this scenario would play out. But on Sunday night, Golf Channel's Brandel Chamblee and Brad Faxon certainly made their opinions clear.

Faxon argued the golfers are playing for their countries and not their tour. But Chamblee wasn't having it, making the point that players who jumped to LIV Golf esstentially turned their back on their fellow players and gave up the right to play for the team. Have a look as this debate leads to an all-time awkward moment between the two:

Oh, man. That's the good stuff right there. Even Faxon perfectly called it a "standoff" in the moment. How about those looks they shot each other!

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This is an instant classic. We're getting flashbacks to Chamblee and David Duval going at each other's throats ahead of the 2016 Ryder Cup.

We can't wait for the next major in a few weeks. If the golf at LACC is half as good as the discourse around it, we're all in for a real treat.

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