ROME - Brooks Koepka says 'very few' of the 24 players competing in the Ryder Cup actually want the pressure of having the contest come down to their match.
Cast your mind back to June 2022 and the Ryder Cup likely wasn't on Koepka's radar.
Struggling with injuries and faced with an offer north of $100m to play in LIV Golf events, the five-time major champion bolted to the rival tour.
It made qualifying automatically or being chosen as one of captain Zach Johnson's six picks all the more difficult.
But as Koepka explained on Wednesday, not impossible. "Just play better," he said.
"Everybody had an opportunity to get there. I mean, I had the same opportunity as every other LIV player, and I'm here."
Koepka is making his fourth Ryder Cup appearance. He boasts an overall record of 6-5-1.
He has always exuded a huge amount of confidence over his game and a now fit and healthy Koepka recently made the claim he is targeting winning 12 major championships before retirement.
"Well, you think about how many I've already blown," he told Barstool's Pardon My Take.
"Like, I blew one to Phil [2021 PGA Championship] so that would be six. Tiger [2019 Masters], that's seven. Jon Rahm [2023 Masters], so that's eight. Gary Woodland [2019 U.S. Open], I lost to Gary, so that's nine. I feel like I should have nine right now."
Johnson's Team USA are small favourites to win despite not having won in hostile territory in more than 30 years.
To break the streak they will need Koepka et al firing on all cylinders.
This could go to the wire. Koepka said he didn't know where he would be in the order when it comes to the singles.
He was asked: "If the Ryder Cup came down to one match on the course to decide it, I suspect if you ask all 24 guys here if they want the ball, they'd say yes. How many of them do you think really mean it?"
Koepka paused for 10 seconds, then offered his answer.
Clark reckons when his game is at 100 per cent he can beat anybody.
Koepka said he wants to play one of Europe's top players. "Yeah, I'd love to play Jon, Rory, Vik. I'll play anybody."
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