You won't believe how many majors Brooks Koepka thinks he can win...

Brooks Koepka is talking a very confident game ahead of this week's US PGA....

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Tue, 14 May 2019
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Brooks Koepka believes he can win at least 10 majors before he hangs his Nike Golf shoes up, a feat that would rank him fourth in the all-time major list as things stand. So just the SEVEN more to go then. 


 

Koepka, 29, heads the betting (10/1) for a fourth major in his last eight starts this week as he goes in search of defending the Wanamaker Trophy at this week's US PGA Championship.

Should the big-hitting American be victorious this week, he would become the first back-to-back winner of the US PGA since Tiger Woods in 2007, something the 15-time major champion also did in 2000. 

Speaking to the media ahead of Thursday's action at Bethpage Black - which should suit the three-time major winner at just shy of 7,500 yards - Koepka explained he will be disappointed with his career if he fails to land at least 10 major titles. 

"I don't see why you can't get to double digits," said a confident Koepka.

"I think you keep doing what you're supposed to do, you play good, you peak at the right times. Like I said, I think sometimes the majors are the easiest ones to win. Half the people shoot themselves out of it, and mentally I know I can beat most of them, and then from there it's those guys left, who's going to play good and who can win."

Only 11 golfers have won more than six majors, a list that includes Arnold Palmer (7), Tom Watson (8), Gary Player (9), Ben Hogan (9), Walter Hagen (11), Woods (15) and Jack Nicklaus (18).

In the eyes of Koepka, who has won more majors (3) than normal PGA Tour events (2),  he feels he can mentally beat the majority of players lining up for a major from the gun.

"156 in the field, so you figure at least 80 of them I'm just going to beat," said Koepka.

"From there, about half of them won't play well from there, so you're down to about maybe 35. And then from 35, some of them just, pressure is going to get to them. It only leaves you with a few more, and you've just got to beat those guys.

"I think one of the big things that I've learned over the last few years is you don't need to win it, you don't have to try to go win it. Just hang around. If you hang around, good things are going to happen."

Judging by all that, you can probably guess what Koepka thinks of his chances this week.

"I like them a lot," said Koepka. "I feel like I'm playing good. You know, if I do what I'm supposed to do, then yeah, I think I'd be tough to beat. But at the end of the day, you never know what's going to happen. You've got to go out and play four good days. So we'll see when the gun goes off on Thursday."

Let's not forget Woods owned 14 majors in 2008 and has only recently progressed to 15. Rory McIlroy picked up four majors between 2011 and 2014 and looked certain to build on that thereafter, but the Ulsterman is still searching for his fifth.

And we all know what has happened to three-time major winner Jordan Spieth's form of late. 

Winning majors is not meant to be easy. Perhaps Koepka is going where no golfer has gone since Tiger. Let's just wait and see. 

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