An emotional Brooks Koepka considered quitting

Brooks Koepka and announcer Dom Boulet on Sunday after Koepka’s LIV Golf win.

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Brooks Koepka, forever confident, thought he was done.

After that Brooks Koepka collapsed.

He has been on some three-year runs, after some two-year runs. First the latter. From the 2017 US Open to the 2019 Open Championship, they couldn’t play a major championship without at least thinking about ordering the trophy with a ‘B’ and a ‘K’ already engraved on it. Two US Open victories. Two PGA Championships. Four other top 10s. Also?

Left knee surgery in August 2019. A stem cell procedure on the knee after a fall two months later. The Covid fracture in 2020. Patella dislocation and ligament damage in the right knee in March 2021. A hip injury. A wrist injury. His body was running out of healthy parts. And his golf suffered. Over that stretch he won once, last year Waste management open.


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Then Koepka won again, Sunday in Saudi Arabia at LIV Golf serieswhere he now plays his golf.

And Koepka got that winning interview.

And damn right, he was emotional.

“One of the big names out there,” began course analyst Dom Boulet on the LIV broadcast. “Although you’ve won major championships, I feel this is an important win for you, given the year you’ve had.”

“It is,” Koepka said. “The last two years have…”

He lowered his head.

“They haven’t been fun. So it’s been a long road. I’m super excited. My whole team, we got the band back together literally a few months ago. We got Claude back on the team; and Pete — I’ve worked with Pete very, very hard; and Jeff too. So a shout out to them. This is for them.”

“You know what, you’re a tough competitor,” Boulet said on the broadcast. “But you’re a little emotional right now.”

“Yeah, I mean, it’s been — I didn’t know if my career was over for half a second,” Koepka said. “So to be able to — I mean, I told Claude I wasn’t sure I was going to play. So it’s nice to be able to come back and be able to win.”

Koepka had not been on his way to Sunday’s finish either. On the PGA Tour this year, he missed three cuts in eight events. In the majors, he didn’t play the weekend in half. With LIV, his best finish in five tournaments, with only 48-player fields, had been ninth, which came last week.

Then Koepka won again.

As he told Boulet, he re-enlisted Claude Harmon III as his swing coach. He has continued to work with card game trainers Pete Cowen and put coach Jeff Pierce.

And the left knee and right knee and wrist and hip didn’t start to hurt as much.


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And damn right, he was emotional.

His winner’s press conference included this exchange:

“Brooks, can you talk about your own path to this victory. It sounded like on the air you were having doubts about your career. I know you’ve been battling some injuries here a few years back. Where were you just, when you started LIV in terms of your health and then you got to this point?

“I mean, it’s been before LIV when I blew out my knee and my foot pointed that way, almost backwards and to the side. Credit to Dr. [Neal] ElAttrache. Throw his name out there,” Koepka began, describing his 2021 knee injury.

“I still – I mean, eventually I’m going to have to have my knee replaced in a couple of years, but I didn’t know what it was – I wasn’t sure if I could even move the same way and if I would play if I couldn’t move the way I wanted to. I’m lucky to be where I am right now.”

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Nick Piastowski is a senior editor at Golf.com and Golf Magazine. In his role, he is responsible for editing, writing and developing stories across the golf area. And when he’s not writing about ways to hit the golf ball farther and straighter, the Milwaukee native is likely playing the game, hitting the ball left, right and short and drinking a cold beer to wash away his score. You can contact him about any of these topics – his stories, his game or his beer – at nick.piastowski@golf.com.

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