Koepka admits to being consumed by staying at No.1
He might look cool and in control of his emotions – but Brooks Koepka has admitted becoming the No.1 player in the world was anything but smooth sailing.
When Koepka achieved one of his life-time goals and became the world’s highest-ranked player, the US PGA champion admitted it did affect him.
Brooks Koepka (Credit: PGA Tour)
Why? Mostly because the two-time PGA champion became obsessed with trying to stay there.
Indeed it almost consumed the big-hitting American, who now admits he did everything in his power to hang on to that ranking.
He just cared about it too much.
Koepka first attained that career-high spot when he won the CJ Cup in South Korea.
He was only at the top for two weeks before he was knocked off his perch by England’s Justin Rose.
The two stars then alternated between one and two for the next three weeks as there were so few points separating them.
Eventually the year ended with Koepka as the No. 1.
He then had to watch as Rose and American Dustin Johnson jostled for the spot over the next four months before Koepka again wrested the honour back when he was successful in defending his US PGA Championship at Bethpage Black.
“After Korea, I was just focused on maintaining No. 1 and trying to grow the lead,” explained Koepka recently.
“Now I understand. It kind of consumed me. I was so focussed on it and I couldn’t focus on my golf.”
“Now if I play good golf, it’s all going to take care of itself.”
“If I go out and win…and do what I’m supposed to do, I can grow the lead over Dustin or Rosey.”
No doubt Royal Portrush and this month’s long-awaited Open Championship will have something to say about that.