Koepka: "I Was A Little Angry At The Time"

Brooks Koepka reflected on his brilliant 2018 – which coincided with Tiger Woods' return to the course

Tiki and Tierney
February 05, 2019 - 4:51 pm

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Brooks Koepka had a pretty good 2018, winning the U.S. Open in June and the PGA Championship in August. In fact, he held off Tiger Woods in the PGA Championship to win his third major.

Still, it’s fair to wonder if Koepka’s dominance was diluted by Woods’ return to the course – and his stellar play on it.

“Tiger is so good for our sport,” Koepka said on Tiki & Tierney. “Everybody knows that. You can see it when you’re at the event. There’s more people, more cameras – it’s a different atmosphere when he’s there, and it’s fun. When Jordan (Spieth) rattled off those three majors, Tiger wasn’t there, and it was different. You’ve got Tiger back in the game now. He was coming back when I was winning those. I understand that. Things are a little different. 

“I think when I made those comments, I was a little angry at the time, and it kind of got blown out of proportion,” Koepka continued. “But at the same time, I did feel like if it had been somebody else, it would have been a bigger story. Some different names, it would have been a lot bigger. But at the same time, if you keep winning, it doesn’t matter what you do. You’re still going to go down in the Hall of Fame or be one of the greatest ever to play. All you got to do is keep winning because that’s going to take care of itself.”

Speaking of the PGA Championship, the event will be played three months earlier. It is slated for May 16-19 on Long Island’s Black Course at Bethpage State Park.

Koepka is a fan of the new schedule.

“It’s a big thing for us,” he said. “You got the Players (Championship) in March, and then you got four majors basically in two-and-a-half months. So if you get hot, you could run off all four and a Players pretty easily. That’s what you do in golf. If you get hot, you usually stay hot for a couple months. If you can get hot right there, it’s going to be a lot of fun. I would expect you’ll see a guy maybe win one, two – even three – majors with the way it’s set up now.”