Brooks Koepka interview interrupted by Bryson DeChambeau
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Brooks Koepka made a very bold claim as he suggested he could surpass Tiger Woods and even Jack Nicklaus’ major record. The 31-year-old is gearing up to represent the US team in the Ryder Cup at the end of September at Whistling Straits.
Koepka withdrew from the Tour Championship won by compatriot Patrick Cantlay earlier this month, and the American admitted he is chasing the greats of the game.
He has won four major titles in his career and is a consistent contender, last winning the 2019 PGA Championship.
Despite still sitting very far behind in terms of majors won, Koepka is confident he has plenty of time to catch and surpass the likes of Woods and Nicklaus.
“In my mind, I’m going to catch him on majors. I believe that. I don’t see any reason that can stop me,” Koepka told Golf Digest when asked about Woods’ 15 major titles.
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“I’m 31. I have another 14 years left. If I win one a year, I got Jack (whose record of 18 professional major wins is the most in history).
“People misconstrue that as being cocky. No, that’s just my belief. If I don’t have that belief, I shouldn’t be out there.
“If you don’t think you can win, why the hell are you teeing it up?”
Meanwhile, Koepka is embroiled in a public feud with fellow American star Bryson DeChambeau that has seemingly been put on hold for the Ryder Cup.
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During his interview, Koepka commented on how difficult he finds switching from an individual to a team mindset ahead of the biennial Ryder Cup.
He also discussed the demanding schedule of the flagship international event.
“It’s tough. There are times where I’m like, I won my match. I did my job,” Koepka revealed.
“What do you want from me? I know how to take responsibility for the shots I hit every week.
“Now, somebody else hit a bad shot and left me in a bad spot, and I know this hole is a loss. That’s new, and you have to change the way you think about things.
“You go from an individual sport all the time to a team sport one week a year. It’s so far from my normal routine. I can barely see my [personal] team. It’s hard to even go to the gym.
“At the Presidents Cup in New York, we had to go to the gym at 5am to get it in. We went to the Equinox, and it was me, Dustin and Tiger, and we come back and go to a team meeting.
“Under regular conditions, I take naps a lot. I might take an hour, hour-and-a-half nap, or just chill on the couch and watch SportsCenter before rounds, after rounds, whatever.
“There’s no time to do that at the Ryder Cup. There’s no time to decompress.”
The Ryder Cup will begin on September 24 at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin, USA.
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