Brooks Koepka’s Favorite Betting Stories: Playing Against Phil Mickelson Empty-Handed and Dunking From 80 Yards

Published 01/18/2022, 7:30 AM EST
Aug 6, 2021; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Brooks Koepka waits to putt on the fifth hole during the second round of the WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational golf tournament at TPC Southwind. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports/REUTERS

Worldwide, golf is a popular sport for betting. Not only are there tours from all across the world included, but multiple international players are also a part of those various tours. Of course, PGA Tour players like Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka have their own take on betting.

After having played on the tour for so long, players also have a few gambling or betting stories of their own they can share. It goes without saying that stories from a professional golfer are unlike any others.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – AUGUST 25: Brooks Koepka of the United States reacts to his birdie on the eighth green during the final round of the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club on August 25, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Brooks Koepka shares his favorite betting story


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In a series of interviews, Action Network asked various PGA Tour icons about their favorite betting or gambling. It is safe to say that the results were interesting, with stars sharing some bizarre and hilarious stories.

Apparently, Brooks Koepka is yet to be paid by one person he bet with.

However, the highlight of Koepka’s story was his bet against Phil Mickelson. By some twist of fate, the four-time major winner lost that bet, and that too, without any money on hand. “I once played against Phil [Mickelson] with no money in my pocket. That was at Muirfield in 2013 – and we lost,” Koepka said.


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The event he is talking about is the 2013 Open Championship that took place at the Muirfield Golf Links in Gullane, Scotland. Interestingly, Mickelson won that particular tournament. Koepka missed the cut.

May 22, 2021; Kiawah Island, South Carolina, USA; Brooks Koepka hits from the sixteenth tee during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

His first major win would come only in 2017 with the US Open, followed by the US Open and PGA Championship again in 2018. The last major tournament he won was the PGA Championship in 2019.

Did Koepka ever get paid for his bet?

Another gambling memory of Koepka’s was him playing at Chambers Bay. He was ‘probably’ 80 yards away when he looked at his caddie and ended up making a bet. Koepka’s next shot was impressive as it went straight in on the very first try. “Yeah, first try. Just went right in,” he recounted. “I still haven’t seen the money. Still haven’t gotten paid. I’ll be alright, though”.


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DeChambeau, Justin Roze, Jason Kokrak, Justin Thomas, Kevin Kisner, Tony Finau, Rickie Fowler, and Rory McIlroy are a few more who spoke about their favorite betting story.


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On the other hand, Koepka last played the Sentry Tournament of Champions, where he finished T28. As per his schedule, he will be playing the Farmers Insurance Open next.




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Devika Pawar is a Golf and NBA writer at Essentially Sports. A psychology graduate from KJ Somaiya, Devika has an experience with sportswriting at Republic World for around two years now. She loves NBA a little too much, and is a dedicated Golden State Warriors fan.