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Brooks Koepka

Brooks Koepka motivated by comment from Brad Faxon

Brooks Koepka

Brooks Koepka is out recovering from knee surgery, and he has some new motivation.

Koepka underwent surgery in mid-March for a right knee cap dislocation and ligament damage. He has not played since withdrawing from the Players Championship.

Two weeks ago, Brad Faxon was on the radio and shared a rumor he’s heard about Koepka. He said he heard the knee injury is worse than Koepka has let on and that the injury timetable could be 6-8 months.

Koepka responded to the tweet on Sunday with the Michael Jordan “and I took that personally” meme.

Does that mean Koepka is going to have a chip on his shoulder about the situation? Possibly.

The 30-year-old expressed on Sunday that he intends to play in the Masters this month. It seems he has a point to prove to Faxon and everyone else. Maybe he can add a green jacket to the big ring from last month.

Brooks Koepka, girlfriend Jena Sims get engaged

Jena Sims

Brooks Koepka is out recovering from knee surgery and making good use of his time while out.

Koepka got engaged to girlfriend Jena Sims, who is now his fiancee. She shared the news on her Instagram page.

“Forever is no joke,” she captioned her post.

Based on a post she shared on her Instagram Story, the engagement may have come in March. Sims said 3/3/21 was the best day of her life.

Koepka and Sims have been dating since at least 2017. We first learned about her due to a major gaffe on air during the US Open.

Koepka, 30, won the US Open that year, which was one of his four career majors.

Brooks Koepka sends girlfriend Jena Sims cheeky message on Instagram

Brooks Koepka

Brooks Koepka and his girlfriend Jena Sims have been dating for more than three years now, and it looks like the four-time major champion is ready to take the PDA to the next level.

Sims, an actress and former beauty pageant contestant from Georgia, shared a photo on Instagram this week that included a caption with some innuendo about peaches. Koepka got in on the fun by commenting, “Peach eating szn.”

Koepka is not the first star athlete to make that type of comment on social media about his significant other. If you remember, Tom Brady gave fans a shocking glimpse into his personal life a couple years ago with a similar remark about Gisele on Instagram.

We’re just glad to see that horrible haircut Sims gave Koepka a few months back didn’t ruin the spark.

Brooks Koepka expresses regret over his PGA Championship leaderboard comments

Brooks Koepka

Brooks Koepka expressed some regret over the comments he made on Saturday about those ahead of him on the leaderboard after the third round of the PGA Championship at Harding Park in California.

Koepka was 7-under par through the first three rounds of the major and trailed leader Dustin Johnson by two strokes entering the final round of play. Koepka said he thought his experience would give him an advantage over the golfers ahead of him, pointing out that only one golfer had a major (DJ with one), compared to Koepka’s four.

Though Koepka was speaking in a matter-of-fact manner, his comments were taken another way, and many thought he was putting down those ahead of him. Even Rory McIlroy took a shot at him the following day, defending Johnson in the process.

Koepka explained his mentality in comments to Golfweek published on Wednesday. He said his focus was on Johnson and not the other players because he cares about what is ahead of him.

“To be honest, when I’m looking at a leaderboard I’m never looking at who is behind me or tied with me, I only look ahead. I view myself as going forward no matter what. So I regret that part of it. That’s what I was trying to say — that I didn’t know who was on the leaderboard at that point because I hadn’t looked. I just genuinely didn’t know the guys at 8 and 7. That part I regret and I wish I had used different words because I didn’t pay enough attention to who was under Dustin because he was my main focus. When someone asks if I can win, I’m always going to say yes, that’s the competitor in me. I’m not there to finish second. I think that’s where some of the cocky stuff comes from because I always think I can win and truly believe it,” Koepka told Golfweek.

Koepka maintains that he was being truthful and not trying to take a shot, but he feels badly about the other golfers, like Scottie Scheffler and Cameron Champ, who got looped in. He also says he does not plan to reach out to any of the players involved in the matter, and he thinks McIlroy was being truthful too.

Koepka offered many more interesting comments about his mindset and mentality in the interview that is well worth your time. The 30-year-old continues to view himself as having a completely different mentality from others regarding the traditions of the game.

H/T The Spun

Rory McIlroy hits back at Brooks Koepka with defense of Dustin Johnson

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy went after Brooks Koepka on Sunday in defense of Dustin Johnson.

Koepka entered the final round of the PGA Championship two back of Johnson, who led the field. Koepka said he liked his chances entering the final round because he had more major wins than anyone else high on the leaderboard, including Johnson, who only had won one major.

Koepka also recognized how tough it is to win a second major.

Well, McIlroy didn’t like what he perceived to be a shot at an accomplished player like Johnson, and made his feelings known.

“Sort of hard to knock a guy that’s got 21 wins on the PGA Tour, which is three times what Brooks has,” McIlroy said on Sunday.

Koepka’s comments from Saturday are getting attention — especially among his peers as we can see — but he didn’t seem to be taking a voluntary shot at Johnson or the other players. He seemed to be responding to a question and giving a truthful answer, and that is that he has more experience than some of the other contenders. That is truthful. But when Koepka is actually trolling someone, you can tell.

McIlroy obviously saw things in a different way.

Brooks Koepka recovered from awful haircut girlfriend Jena Sims gave him

Brooks Koepka has been dating his girlfriend Jena Sims for more than three years now, but he likely learned something new about her during the pandemic — she has no future giving men’s haircuts.

Back when barbershops and hair salons still were not permitted to open in many parts of the country, Koepka decided to let Sims cut his hair. To say it did not go well would be an understatement.

Fortunately, hair grows back. Koepka was near the top of the leaderboard for much of the PGA championship, and he had some flowing locks coming out the back of his hat. All indications are that he has fully recovered from the brutal trim.

Sims shared an Instagram post back in May celebrating more than three years together with Koepka.

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Celebrating 3 years (and some change)

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Perhaps the bad haircut was payback for the time Koepka ruthlessly snubbed Sims on national television.

Brooks Koepka seems to think he has the edge for final round of PGA Championship

Brooks Koepka

Brooks Koepka has some work to do to make up ground during the final round of the PGA Championship on Sunday, but he is confident in his abilities.

Koepka shot a 1-under 69 during his third round of the tournament Saturday, putting him seven under for the tournament and two behind Dustin Johnson, who leads the field.

Koepka has won the PGA Championship two years in a row and is seeking his fifth major. He thinks his experience will give him an edge over those who are ahead of him.

“I just need a solid round. A lot of the guys on the leaderboard I don’t think have won,” Koepka said in a press conference Saturday. “I guess (Dustin Johnson’s) only won one. I don’t know the other guys that are up there, but a lot of experience is what I can bring to it. I’ve been in this position quite a few times over the last couple years. Just play well.”

Koepka is correct. Johnson has won one major — the US Open in 2016. Scottie Scheffler, Cameron Champ and Collin Morikawa are the other golfers ahead of Koepka, while Paul Casey is tied with Brooks entering the final round. None of them have won majors. None of them should be discounted, especially with how well Morikawa has played lately, but Koepka should have an experience edge, just like he said.

Brooks Koepka trolled Bryson DeChambeau yet again

Brooks Koepka

Brooks Koepka couldn’t resist trolling Bryson DeChambeau this week.

Koepka and DeChambeau have had a lengthy back-and-forth, with most of it centering around criticism of how much time DeChambeau takes between shots. Things even got personal with a few jabs traded earlier this year.

On Thursday at the PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, Calif., Koepka had some fun with his nemesis.

“There’s no reason to be scientific with all the numbers and stuff like that on TrackMan, just go out and go play,” Koepka said in an interview with ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi.

Just in case you aren’t sure whether Koepka was trolling DeChambeau, keep in mind that he couldn’t resist smiling as he made his remark.

Koepka is known for his relaxed and carefree attitude, while DeChambeau is viewed as much more focused as a golf junkie, so their personality styles are in contrast.

Koepka has the edge at the PGA Championship so far. He is six under through two rounds, which is two back of the lead. DeChambeau is two under and tied for 25th.