Brooks Koepka doesn't think much of the rivalry talk between him and Rory 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 this week.
McIlroy won the PGA TOUR Player of the Year after a victory at the Tour Championship to end the season. He told reporters he used a rivalry mentality with Brooks Koepka — who finished tied for third at the event — to help push him to victory.
"He (Koepka) talked about trying to be the dominant player in the game ... and I thought: 'He's going to have to go through me first'," McIlroy said.
"If that's both of our mentalities going forward, I think that's good for the game."
Koepka has won four majors in the last few years including the PGA Championship this season. He has routinely been in the top 10 at major events while McIlroy has not won a major since the 2014 PGA Championship.
That's enough to make Koepka skeptical of any "rivalry" with the Northern Irishman.
"I'm not looking at anybody behind me," said Koepka. "I'm No. 1 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."