No one will ever mistake Brooks Koepka for someone who is insecure. He’s one of the most confident golfers on the PGA Tour, and he’s also one of the best.
So it’s no surprise that he thinks he can compete with Jack Nicklaus for the most majors in the history of the sport. But first, he’s got an eye on Tiger Woods, who Koepka thinks he’s going to catch.
“In my mind, I’m going to catch it in the majors. I believe it. I don’t see any reason that could stop me. I’m 31. I still have 14,” Koepka said, according to Yahoo Sports. . “If I win one a year, I have Jack.”
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Nicklaus has the most wins in golf history with 18. Woods has won 15 in his career and was once considered a shoo-in to overtake Nicholson. However, late-career injuries derailed Woods’ efforts. He spent 11 years between winning the 2008 US Open and winning the 2019 Masters, his 14th and 15th major titles.
Needless to say, Koepka’s goal is noble. The 31-year-old has won four majors so far, although all four have come in the past two years. However, Woods had won 13 majors before he was 32. As for Nicklaus, he had won nine in his season at 31. Koepka therefore has a lot of work to do to catch up with these two legends.
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That said, Koepka also doesn’t want anyone to think he’s arrogant. He said having that mindset just helps him compete for the top spot every week.
“People interpret this as arrogant. No, it’s just my belief,” Koepka said. “If I don’t have that belief, I shouldn’t be there. If you don’t think you can win, why the hell are you doing it?
“Yes, I’m just aiming for second place this week. There are a lot of them on the Tour. Even elite players are very happy with it. Second? Sport is about having a winner and a loser. Other.”
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Koepka’s next chance to add to his Major Wins tally will be at the Master’s in April 2022. Until then, he will be striving for a Ryder Cup victory as a member of the USA team in the event.
Koepka suffers from a wrist injury that forced him to withdraw from the Tour Championship a few weeks ago, so his status will be one to watch. And Koepka described how “difficult” the matchplay tournament can be.
“There are times when I think to myself, I won my game. I did my job. What do you want from me? I know how to take responsibility for the shots I hit every week,” Koepka said. . “Now someone else has hit a bad shot and left me in a bad position, and I know this hole is a waste.
“It’s kind of weird, if I’m being honest. I don’t mean it’s a bad week. We’re so individualized, and everyone has their routine and a different way of doing things, and now, it’s like, OK, we have to have a meeting then or do this or that.… The physical part, I can handle. The mental side, you have to be able to turn it off. “