Cast your mind back to September 2021 and Brooks Koepka was a PGA Tour player and talk of a rival golf league financed by Saudi oil money was nothing but smoke and mirrors.
Koepka was fit and healthy but he did famously turn a few heads with a bold claim in a Golf Digest interview.
As far as Koepka could see it, he had 14 years left at the top of men's professional golf and believed he had the ability to pick off at least one year major championship a year.
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"People misconstrue that as being cocky," he told the publication. "No, that's just my belief."
Fast-forward to May 2023 and Koepka is now a five-time major champion who decided to join the LIV Golf League.
He's back with another claim. But this time, he has revised his initial target of matching Tiger. This time, it's just double digits and no talk of Tiger.
Koepka told the media at LIV Golf Washington:
Brooks thinks he can win double digit majors:— Flushing It (@flushingitgolf) May 27, 2023
“I’ve always said double digits. I think I’ve said that a few times, but yeah, I don’t think it’s unreasonable.”
If he got to 10, he’d be 4th all time behind just Nicklaus, Tiger and Hagen! @LIVGolfLatest
Koepka also had an interesting moment in the first round at Trump National Golf Club.
By the time Koepka played his fifth hole in the shotgun start, he discovered a crack in his Srixon ZX5 LS MK II that he had used to devastating effect at Oak Hill.
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| Move aside, Phil Mickelson and Collin Morikawa.— GolfMagic (@GolfMagic) May 22, 2023
LIV Golf's Brooks Koepka and PGA of America boss Seth Waugh have combined to create golf's latest meme. pic.twitter.com/A45kivxLbo
The issue for Koepka was that golfers are not allowed to replace a club if there is only a crack in the clubhead or club face.
Under Rule 4.1b(3), golfers are not allowed to replace clubs that they damaged during a round.
They are, however, allowed to repair a club and continue using it as a result of the changes made to the rule in 2019.
Koepka said of this:
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