Thursday, February 27

GQ Profiles Brooks Koepka, Including His Love-Hate Relationship With Golf


Think of him as the Larry David of the PGA Tour. (A very young LD.) Nor does he enjoy the culture of golf. Count on Brooks to say what's on his mind, even if it "might come across the wrong way."

This and more in the Brooks Koepka profile in the March issue of GQ.

Here's the news release from GQ:

New York, NY —  "This might come across the wrong way," Brooks Koepka disclaims of the other players in the professional golf circuit, "but I already have enough friends. I don't need anymore. Just 'cause we work together doesn’t mean we have to be friends…You know, I have my friends that aren’t really into golf that much, and the only reason they're into golf is because they follow me. I like to be able to get away from the game."

For the March issue of GQ, Dan Riley profiles Brooks Koepka, the golfer who loves the game and hates the rest.

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In the past, Koepka has been quoted as saying if he could do everything all over again, he'd be a baseball player instead. He isn't a golf nerd. Golf is kind of boring, no action.

Now, he's elaborating on everything he'd change.

"One thing I'd change is maybe the stuffiness. Golf has always had this persona of the triple-pleated khaki pants, the button-up shirt, very country club atmosphere, where it doesn't always have to be that way," he says.

"That's part of the problem. Everybody always says, 'You need to grow the game.' Well, why do you need to be so buttoned-up?"

Koepka is known for being icy on the links. No emotion. And he has no problem with it.

"It's one of those things in golf—you can't be very vocal, and you don't taunt…And so you just find different ways to make guys second-guess themselves."

He's aware of the misconceptions this causes.

"I just think people confuse all this for me not loving the game. I love the game. I absolutely love the game. I don't love the stuffy atmosphere that comes along with it. That, to me, isn't enjoyable."

At only 29 years old, there are only 19 players in the history of golf who have won more majors than Koepka in their entire careers. People suggest he only cares about the majors.

"Yeah," he confirms. "I mean everyone should. Those are my chances to shine."

And he does shine. He’s extremely good, and that's why he plays.

"I love it," he reiterates, "but I know how to break away from it. That's where the confusion lies. Or maybe the misconception of me lies. I absolutely love the game. If I didn't love it, I'd retire right now…I do it because I actually love golf. I love going to practice, to compete, to tournaments, grinding it out even when you don't have your best, trying to figure out a way to get it done—that's fun to me.

But the one thing that I've been very good at is breaking away from the game when I need to."

The full feature, with photos by Brian Finke, can be found here.

The March issue of GQ is on stands now.

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