‘Eats Away At Me’: Months After His Infamous ‘Choke’, Brooks Koepka Makes Another Bold Confession

Published 10/26/2023, 9:15 AM EDT

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If you made a list of the most outspoken golfers, chances are Brooks Koepka would be on that list. He seldom hesitates giving voice to his opinions and speaks his mind out. At times, this habit has even invited backlash. Earlier this year, there was an occasion where he said something very honest about himself. 

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It probably wasn’t an easy thing to admit or even discuss for many, but not for Koepka. Addressing the close miss at the Masters this year, Koepka said he “choked” toward the end. Speaking of that opinion months later, Brooks Koepka explains his current thoughts on the matter. Does he regret speaking his mind? 

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In his recent interview with Golf Monthly, Brooks Koepka revisited what he said about his Masters loss. Koepka almost had victory in his grip, but missed out on the green jacket in the final round. Jon Rahm soared past him to grab the cup, while Phil Mickelson shared the second position with Koepka.

In May this year, discussing this loss, Koepka admitted he choked at the crucial moment. Referring to this confession, he said, “I don’t care what other people think.” 


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Koepka claimed that he was just being honest. “Nowadays, we try to put it softly so it doesn’t sound too bad, but you can’t tell me that’s not what I did.” Although the 33-year-old had four major titles to his name, before the Masters began, he had never won a Masters title until now. 


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Looking back at the conversation he had after the Masters, he was asked if he would call it a choke. To which he replied, “Yeah, I’d characterize it as a choke.”

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In his recent interview, Brooks Koepka also spoke about how he processed the loss and how it helped him fix his issues.

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Brooks Koepka revealed how it felt to process the Masters loss. “It eats away at me when I finish close to winning,” he said. Koepka also clarified that he is brutally honest with himself, which a lot of people are afraid to do. 

He described how he was trying to figure out what went wrong, and how to fix things. He found out where he slipped, and improved his game.


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His narrative totally checks out, his “choke” response came up right before the PGA Championship in May. Entering it with the clarity that he actually choked on the Masters, Koepka emerged as the title winner at the PGA Championship.

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Turns out that Koepka’s strategy worked well for him, and his theory of brutal honesty helped him enhance his game. Perhaps we could learn a thing from his approach to his sport.


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What do you think about Koepka being brutally honest with himself? Is it something more golfers should strive to do?

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Written by:

Vignesh K


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Vignesh K. is a golf writer at EssentiallySports. Having worked as an academic content writer, Vignesh has taken to sports journalism like a duck to water.
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Donna Eva




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