KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – Despite carrying round one in every of the largest chips on his shoulder, Brooks Koepka at all times is trying for a slight, one thing to inspire him. And like Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods earlier than him, Koepka’s the kind that has a protracted reminiscence.
He received’t must dig too deep to recall a time that, Phil Mickelson, his foe in the remaining group of the 103rd PGA Championship, rubbed him the incorrect approach. Koepka has never forgotten the time his dad took him the Masters as a child. He was about 8 or 9 years outdated, which might plant the story in the late Nineties, and younger Brooks collected round 50 autographs from gamers that day. Sneaking into the participant’s car parking zone helped add to the haul.
“I mean, I pretty much got everybody,” He recalled throughout his pre-tournament press convention at the 2019 Masters.
Not all people. A sure participant stiffed him.
“I tried to get Phil’s autograph. I was standing by the old range, and somehow found my way kind of right by the parking lot or something like that and asked him for an autograph and he said no, and he turned me down, probably about the only kid Phil’s ever turned down.”
Whenever Koepka has been asked to call his childhood golf idols, he’s ticked off Tiger Woods and Adam Scott. Mickelson? Not a lot, although the second has develop into one these Ryder Cup teammates have shared fun over.
“He doesn’t remember,” Koepka stated. “I mean, I can’t believe he doesn’t remember the first time he ever said no to a kid, signing an autograph. I told him, I think in 2014, I think we were playing a practice round at the British Open. I had to tell him. I was like, ‘Listen, man, you stiffed me, and I really didn’t like you for a long time.’ He was typical Phil, right back at me. I shouldn’t have been there (in the parking lot). I’ve got his autograph now.”
While Koepka most likely wouldn’t give any quarter to his opponent no matter the reality, may it’s he’s just a bit extra amped as much as play spoiler to Mickelson’s fairytale pursuit of turning into the oldest participant to win a serious? Just a reminder to all execs, at all times signal for each child. They may develop up and be paired with you in the final round of a serious.
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