Brooks Koepka has mentioned he regrets his feedback throughout the PGA Championship which appeared dismissive of a few of his rivals.
Former US Open champion Dustin Johnson took a one-shot lead into the ultimate spherical at Harding Park, with Koepka two pictures behind in pursuit of a historic third straight victory within the occasion and a fifth main title in 11 begins.
Requested about his possibilities after the third spherical, Koepka instructed CBS: “Lots of guys on the leaderboard I do not suppose have received (a serious). I suppose DJ has solely received one. I do not know loads of the opposite guys which might be up there.”
Rory McIlroy admitted he was shocked by Koepka’s verbal dig at Johnson, however Koepka is extra involved in regards to the “different guys” a part of his remark, which would come with eventual winner Collin Morikawa, Cameron Champ and Scottie Scheffler.
“Yeah, it is undoubtedly that half as a result of that is a shot in any respect the opposite guys,” Koepka instructed Golfweek.
“We just about know all people, we grew up enjoying golf with them and it got here throughout that I had no thought who these guys are. And that is fully false.
“I actually was struggling coming down the top of the third spherical. I used to be properly again and I noticed DJ was at minus 9. I birdied to get to minus 7. I used to be targeted on Dustin. I had no thought who was at eight or with me at 7.
“To be trustworthy, once I’m taking a look at a leaderboard I am by no means taking a look at who’s behind me or tied with me, I solely look forward. I view myself as going ahead it doesn’t matter what.
“So I remorse that a part of it. That is what I used to be making an attempt to say, that I did not know who was on the leaderboard at that time as a result of I hadn’t seemed. I simply genuinely did not know the blokes at eight and 7 (underneath).
“That half I remorse and I want I had used totally different phrases as a result of I did not pay sufficient consideration to who was underneath Dustin as a result of he was my foremost focus.
“When somebody asks if I can win, I am all the time going to say sure, that is the competitor in me. I am not there to complete second. I feel that is the place among the cocky stuff comes from as a result of I all the time suppose I can win and actually imagine it.”
Koepka’s feedback backfired as he went on to card a closing 73 and end in a tie for 29th, whereas Johnson completed joint second.
“Clearly, lots got here from it,” the four-time main winner added. “I do not thoughts the stress of that stuff. I put extra stress on myself than something exterior.
“On the similar time, I did not again it up. That is my very own downside. A part of being somebody who talks overtly and honestly is that typically I come off cocky or conceited, and it might probably backfire in the event you’re not going to play good. That is precisely what occurred.”
Requested if he deliberate to achieve out to Johnson after his feedback, Koepka replied: “That’s not one thing I’m planning on doing.”
– TEAMtalk media