‘It Eats Me Up’- Brooks Koepka Sheds Light on His Undying Competitive Mentality

Published 09/14/2021, 3:30 PM EDT
May 22, 2021; Kiawah Island, South Carolina, USA; Brooks Koepka walks off the eighteenth green following his putt during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: David Yeazell-USA TODAY Sports


Brooks Koepka believes that golf, a ‘gentlemanly’ sport, isn’t one for trash talk. If it was, he says, he would trash talk his entire way through it!

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In a recent interview with the Golf Digest, Koepka opened up about a lot of things. He gave personal insights, his future goals, and even touched upon his aggressively competitive nature. The poolside interview witnessed a deep and honest conversation which is bound to make a couple of headlines today.

May 19, 2021; Kiawah Island, South Carolina, USA; Brooks Koepka stands on the fifteenth green during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament at Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Resort. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Koepka says he takes satisfaction in beating everyone

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The four-time major champion was asked if he thinks golfers aren’t as tough as other athletes. He responded by saying that golf is a ‘gentlemanly’ sport and that trash talk is not the way to go about it. He admitted, however, that he is honest and open while playing the round and that these little things matter the most.

Koepka said, “I take satisfaction from beating everybody more than anybody knows. I take so much satisfaction that there’s something wrong in my head about it… I might not always show it, but I’m so intense inside at wanting to beat the living crap out of you at whatever we’re doing. It eats me up inside. I just want to embarrass you. If golf wasn’t the ‘gentleman’s’ sport it is, I would trash talk my entire way through it. “

 

 

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Brooks Koepka admits to being jealous

When asked if he takes criticism like a sport, he replied in the affirmative. He said, “When you’re at the top, you’re going to have people hate you because you’re so good at what you do. When you dive deep into those words, you understand it’s coming from jealousy.”

Further, he admitted, “I’ve been there. There are times when I’ve come off the course, and I’m jealous because somebody has won a couple of times, and I think I know I’m better than them. I’m so jealous! You feel that burn and that competitiveness, and it just wills you to go farther.” He then talks about how important accountability is and how most people aren’t ever ready to hear the truth.

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He spoke on many other subjects during this interview. However, his brutal honesty speaks volumes about his maturity and the transparency of his game. He has also made the headlines for his share of beefs with Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau, and Koepka justifies them all by explaining his natural competitive behavior.

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Ishita Bhargava

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Ishita Bhargava is a golf content writer at Essentially Sports. Currently pursuing her undergraduate degree from the Shri Ram College of Commerce, she has a keen interest in sports and fitness. When not playing or watching a sports event, Ishita can be seen spending time with her pets or binge-watching.

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