McIlroy piped Koepka to PGA Tour player of the year by his fellow professionals
World number one Brooks Koepka has rejected the idea that he has a big rivalry with Rory McIlroy.
Koepka, whose closest challenger is in the world rankings is McIlroy, pointed out that the Northern Irish have not won a major since the American joined the PGA Tour in 2015.
"I look at no one behind me. I am number one in the world, "he said.
"I have an open road ahead of me. I don't look in the rearview mirror, so I don't see it as a rivalry.
" I've been away here for five years. Rory hasn't won a major since I've been on the PGA Tour. "
Koepka, 29, spoke on the eve of the CJ Cup PGA Tour event that starts in South Korea on Thursday.
" You know, if fans do [call it a rivalry] then that is on them and it can be fun, "added world number one, who added McIlroy with four big wins by successfully defending his US PGA Championship in May.
Rory McIlroy won the Tour Championship in August for the Fedex Cup title of the PGA Tour
McIlroy without capturing a main title since 2014 US PGA
McIlroy & # 39; s last major triumph entered the same location 2014, although he won the PGA Tour & # 39; s Fedex Cup title this year and was also named player of the year by his fellow PGA Tour professionals.
"Look, I love Rory, he's a great player and he's fun to watch, but it's just hard to believe a rivalry in golf. I just don't see it," Koepka continued .
McIlroy, 30, claimed that he used a rivalry mentality to see the American at the season-dependent Tour Championship in August.
Four weeks earlier, Koepka had completely played McIlroy to win the World Golf Championship event in Memphis and the Northern Irishman said he was determined to avenge that defeat in the PGA Tour final.
"He Koepka talked about trying to be the dominant place in the game … and I thought: & # 39; He'll have to go through me first & # 39 ;," said McIlroy after his triumph on the East Lake.
"If that's both of our mentalities, I think that's good for the game."
In addition to successfully defending the American PGA title, Koepka also achieved second place on the Masters and US Open and shared fourth place in the Open Championship, with McIlroy's best major finish in 2019 in eighth place on the US PGA.