COVID-19 protocols could imply Open press conferences are restricted to fifteen minutes, however nobody may complain of feeling brief modified by Brooks Koepka.
Koepka held court docket at Royal St George’s on Tuesday and revealed extra on the origin of his feud with Bryson DeChambeau, how he celebrated his earlier main wins “a bit of an excessive amount of” and the way errors on this 12 months’s “drive me nuts”.
The world No.8 additionally confessed that he’s not a fan of this week’s venue and even fell asleep right here in 2003, lacking the dramatic closing levels as 500-1 outsider Ben Curtis defied the percentages to carry the Claret Jug.
Koepka’s feud with DeChambeau dates again to 2019 and the previous criticising the latter’s gradual play as “embarrassing”, to which DeChambeau took exception.
That led to an incident later that 12 months at The Northern Belief event when DeChambeau confronted Koepka’s caddie Ricky Elliott.
“He walked as much as Ricky and stated ‘You inform your man if he is obtained one thing to say, say it to myself’,” Koepka defined on Tuesday. “I assumed that was ironic as a result of he went straight to Ricky.
“Ricky informed me after I got here out, I hit just a few putts after which simply walked proper over to him. We had a dialog.
“We each agreed we might depart one another out of it and would not point out one another, simply sort of let it die off. So then he was enjoying video video games on-line or no matter and introduced my title up and stated just a few issues (about Koepka’s physique), so now it is truthful recreation.”
The 2 gamers are set to be Ryder Cup team-mates for the second time in September, however Koepka insists that won’t be a difficulty as the US look to regain the trophy from Padraig Harrington’s European facet.
“I can cope with anyone on this planet for every week,” the 31-year-old added. “I am fairly certain we’re not going to be paired collectively, put it that manner. I believe it is sort of apparent. We’re not going to be excessive fiving and having late-night conversations.
“I do not view it as a difficulty. I do not suppose he does. Like I stated, I can put something apart for a workforce, enterprise, no matter, simply to get the job finished.”
The job at hand this week is trying to win the third leg of a profession grand slam in Sandwich, a activity which can show simpler having didn’t convert good possibilities to win each the US PGA and US Open.
“I in all probability have not performed my finest over right here,” stated Koepka, who was nonetheless sixth in 2017 and fourth in 2019.
“I believe during the last couple years, I do not need to say it has been a distraction, however I’ve gained the PGA or the US Open earlier than, and I’ve loved these weeks after a bit of an excessive amount of.”
Koepka is much from the one participant who will not be an enormous fan of among the undulating fairways and blind tee photographs at Royal St George’s, a lot preferring 2019 venue Royal Portrush and St Andrews, which is able to host the one hundred and fiftieth Open in 2022.
However he ought to no less than handle to remain awake for the closing levels this time round, not like when he was a 13-year-old spectator in 2003.
“Tiger (Woods) was enjoying on 13 and my brother had stated one thing and Tiger stated one thing again to him and we thought it was the good factor on the time,” Koepka recalled.
“I bear in mind Thomas (Bjorn) took just a few out of the bunker (on 16) and I believe Ben (Curtis) was perhaps a bunch or two behind him, however I ended up falling asleep proper within the little pavilion to the appropriate of 18 and did not even see the end.
“I bear in mind getting yelled at by my mother, ‘I did not deliver you over right here to go to sleep’ sort of deal. Nevertheless it was enjoyable. It was a cool journey.”