Brooks Koepka Feels Slighted... But he doesn't care... But he'll remember

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https://www.golfdigest.com/story/more-motivation-for-brooks-koepka-he-wasnt-asked-to-meet-the-media-at-east-lake-and-he-noticed



The guy doesn't ever seem interested in doing interviews and the few I've seen aren't all that captivating. I'm sure it's a little frustrating not getting the attention that others are getting given the season he's had, but be a little more interested and engaging maybe.



This statement from him seems like he's having a tough time how to process the whole thing...



“Sometimes it does suck, but I’ve started to care less. Come Sunday, I won’t forget it when everyone wants to talk to me because I just won. I don’t forget things.”
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  • mosesgolfmosesgolf Members Posts: 6,833 ✭✭
    I wonder who BK took a shot st with the **** kissers. image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />

    3 majors in 2 years and no respect. SMH
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  • anthanth From the Land Down Under Members Posts: 2,763 ✭✭
    BK seems to have a massive chip on his shoulder.



    I think he’s a very watchable talent but he doesn’t seem to give much of himself away from the course. Maybe that’s why the media seem less interested in him than they should be?
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  • bbedellbbedell Members Posts: 135 ✭✭
    He's a legend, gives zero f*&^s but is smart enough to recognize when he's not getting the props he's earned. He's good at using things like this to trick himself into more motivation and hyperfocus, similar to how MJ used to. It would be lovely to see him win the TC as a cherry on top.
  • redfirebird08redfirebird08 Members Posts: 7,885 ✭✭
    He's lucky they don't bother him for interviews.
  • imakaveliimakaveli Moli Moli Moli Moli Tommy Tommy Tommy Tommy... Members Posts: 12,558 ✭✭
    I love how he couldn't care less about the media and the PGA Tour circus, and how he is getting his revenge image/biggrin.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':D' /> The new Kill Bill!
  • OldTomMorrisOldTomMorris Members Posts: 2,084 ClubWRX
    These pre-tournament interviews are normally boring and extremely repetitive but I bet Brooks' sponsors care.
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  • elwhippyelwhippy Members Posts: 3,076 ✭✭
    He lets his clubs do the talking.
  • c7015c7015 Members Posts: 2,078 ✭✭
    I like Brooks , I think I even had in my fantasy lineup for his win in Florida.



    I feel this I don’t get any attention and I don’t care stuff has the opposite effect, kinda like when my daughter says her older sister gets all the new stuff and she should get whatever treat.



    Personally I would only want the money and not the celebrity and if I really didn’t care I wouldn’t even bring it up. Just me, however I can see how he might be pissed at the endorment money the other guys have but that also comes with being marketable.
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  • cwglumcwglum Members Posts: 1,554 ✭✭
    Well, with an interview like that ... he'll get a few more requests for interviews. Caring less would be not talking about it at all to the media.
  • Always_roughAlways_rough Members Posts: 460 ✭✭
    cwglum wrote:


    Well, with an interview like that ... he'll get a few more requests for interviews. Caring less would be not talking about it at all to the media.




    Exactly what I came here to say. If he really didn't care, he wouldn't say a word to anyone, he'd just keep his mouth shut and let his play do the talking, and then decline interviews after he won.



    I wonder how many 3 time major winners had three time's the amount of majors as they did normal wins? He's just at an odd spot. Three majors is huge, but it seems like some doubt him because he doesn't have the consistency at regular tour events to back it up. I'm not one of the few doubting him. I think going back to back at the US Open, especially the way Shinne played this year, proves he's an elite golfer.



    As some others have pointed out, his interviews tend to be bland. The most excited I've ever seen him was when the media asked him how much he could bench. Seems like he tries to overplay this not caring to cover up how much he really cares though. Him tapping in before letting Adam Scott finish at the PGA was really odd, almost over the top trying to show how he doesn't care he was about to tap in to win his second major of the year.
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  • Hawkeye77Hawkeye77 Countdown to The Masters! ClubWRX Posts: 17,401 ClubWRX
    So now he won't talk to them on Sunday after a win to get even - boy, that will solve the problem, lol.



    Sounds like he wants that chip on his shoulder, he needs that chip on his shoulder - and good for him.



    Really is kind of silly he wasn't on that list, and it was disrespectful - maybe there is more to it, maybe other guys are better interviews, maybe he drinks Pepsi.
  • gyro25gyro25 Members Posts: 154 ✭✭
    He should feel slighted, he had a great year and good peers are the ones promoting him got player of the year
  • JagpilotohioJagpilotohio 45+ inch drivers are evil. Columbus, OHMembers Posts: 7,170 ✭✭
    Poor, poor Brooksy.



    He does zero media appearances after the US open or PGA and when he does do an interview it’s about as interesting as a discussion with a Tomato.



    Now he’s upset no one wants to waste their time with him.



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  • KomarmsKomarms Members Posts: 525 ✭✭
    Would be a tough task interviewing Brooks and DJ to be honest. Doesn’t seem like you’d get a lot of quality answers from those boys, we’ve all heard some of DJs interviews lol... seems like Brooks is similar in that way. They both get it done on the course though and that’s all that matters!
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    Odd comments because players should by now, understand how the media game works and try to use it to their benefit (like a Rickie Fowler or Ian Poulter does)



    But by the same token it's hard to do a lot of interviews and not say something that can be taken poorly by people
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    If a guy isn’t a good interview, eventually the press will stop trying to talk to him. Except Tiger (pre comeback days).



    When, as the interviewer, you have to really work a guy to get any answers, you’ll eventually take a couple grunted replies, turn them into something hopefully usable, and move onto the next guy. Except Tiger!
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  • Hot Rod 71Hot Rod 71 #TheWRX ClubWRX, BST Volunteer Mods Posts: 8,849 ClubWRX
    He doesn't care about talking to the media, but he's upset no one is rushing to interview him?



    If he truly couldn't care less, then he would just go about his business and not acknowledge that the press doesn't chase him down for interviews. The fact that he he made a statement about not caring shows he really does care, and is bothered by it.
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  • new2g0lfnew2g0lf Members Posts: 3,309 ✭✭
    Koepka is a great golfer who hasn't figured out the power and importance of marketing himself. In this "look at me" era of social media, you have to self promote, give the press some meat to run with or else you get ignored. He wants to define the terms of his relationship with the media, as Tiger did, but he's not Tiger. DJ isn't all that exciting an interview either but the media will throw in some Paulina questions to make it worth their while.
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  • JagpilotohioJagpilotohio 45+ inch drivers are evil. Columbus, OHMembers Posts: 7,170 ✭✭
    It’s like a child being grounded and stomping their feet and screaming they don’t care.



    ....Then you see them in the corner a few minutes later quietly crying.
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  • FrostfieldFrostfield Members Posts: 894 ✭✭
    Lol he totally cares. I like him and his game BUT his interviews suck and he acts like he was struck by lightning as a child.
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    When you have absolutely nothing to say, don't get upset when nobody asks you to talk.
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  • airjammerairjammer Members Posts: 980 ✭✭
    Pretty much all replies are spot on.



    “I wish I was playing another sport but since I don’t, I’ll just try really hard in majors and just use my enormous natural talent to cash checks in regular events. Since this is just a “made up” championship it’s pretty much a regular event so I’ll be somewhere in the middle of the pack. So who wants to talk about how much i look like a linebacker?”
  • cvhookem63cvhookem63 Fujikura Ventus Experience ETXClubWRX Posts: 4,679 ClubWRX
    I'm probably as big of a fan of Brooks as there is. He is a lot of fun to watch play golf, but he doesn't seem to be interested in doing much media. He turned down the media car-wash tour after his majors. You see guys like Patrick Reed (who isn't the most media-friendly guy either) who at least took the time to spend a few days going through the media ringer after his big win. It doesn't seem like he wants to spend time doing media, but he also wants the media to give him more attention. The media probably should have requested to interview him at East Lake after the year he has had, but if they know he [historically] doesn't want to do it, then they would be better served bringing in people like Tiger, Phil, Rickie that you know for certain are willing to be there.
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  • MattyO1984MattyO1984 Members Posts: 4,747 ✭✭
    Brooks seems to what people to believe that he isn't bothered by the fact that the media don't want to speak to him but, members of his team and now Brooks himself, seem to be making mention of that fact that they don't want to speak him. That they were and now he is making mention of that makes me think that is bothers him more than he is letting on. Don't get me wrong, I find it amazing that there appears to be a lack of interest in speaking to a guy who has won 3 of the last 7 majors but it must bother him if it keeps getting mentioned.



    For some reason Ross in Friends repeatedly saying that he is "fine" just came into my head. He kept saying that he was fine with Joey and Rachael, clearly he wasn't and clearly Brooks isn't fine with it either.
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  • tbowles411tbowles411 ClubWRX Posts: 25,062 ✭✭
    Hot Rod 71 wrote:


    He doesn't care about talking to the media, but he's upset no one is rushing to interview him?



    If he truly couldn't care less, then he would just go about his business and not acknowledge that the press doesn't chase him down for interviews. The fact that he he made a statement about not caring shows he really does care, and is bothered by it.


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  • munichopmunichop Members Posts: 187 ✭✭
    I do not understand how anyone can defend the media in this case. They chase low hanging fruit like migrating birds. The guy won 2 majors in one year and they can't be bothered to invite him to talk about it? Most golfers aren't Arnold Palmer- that is part of why everyone knows him- but if your job is to cover golf and you don't seek out the player who is a lock to be Player of the Year that is on you. LAZY journalism. Everyone has a story- since BK seems to be quiet about personal stuff ask him more about his technical approach- his workouts, his diet, find out what makes him tick. They guy played in Europe working his way up. Some of that has to be worthy of some questions.
  • 4thand114thand11 Members Posts: 858 ✭✭
    News flash, interesting people get more interviews
  • Dry TortugaDry Tortuga Members Posts: 103
    munichop wrote:


    I do not understand how anyone can defend the media in this case. They chase low hanging fruit like migrating birds. The guy won 2 majors in one year and they can't be bothered to invite him to talk about it? Most golfers aren't Arnold Palmer- that is part of why everyone knows him- but if your job is to cover golf and you don't seek out the player who is a lock to be Player of the Year that is on you. LAZY journalism. Everyone has a story- since BK seems to be quiet about personal stuff ask him more about his technical approach- his workouts, his diet, find out what makes him tick. They guy played in Europe working his way up. Some of that has to be worthy of some questions.




    All valid points.. and I think this LAZY journalism extends beyond just this one instance (and beyond just sports in general, but we won't get into that here)..





    To play devil's advocate for a second though, maybe the reality is that Brooks is just not the most interesting guy out there. He's a great golfer and an unquestionable athlete, but he just doesn't care to develop a persona or backstory the way that other folks do. Make sense? Like when you DO get an interview and you tell the world "I wish I would have played baseball instead of golf", is that supposed to endear golf fans? And there have been a few articles/ interviews with Brooks in Golf Digest and other magazines this summer.. one of the articles was comparing his social media followers to Fowlers. I think the missing piece is it's not just athletic prowess that creates a connection with fans, it's actually engaging with them and promoting a lifestyle that they can have a tiny piece of. Even if you take someone who is a little more insular and less of a fan guy like Bryson, there is still more of a story and character going on there, something that people can read into, and buy into if they wish.
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  • OldboyOldboy Members Posts: 2,374 ✭✭
    He doesn’t care..



    Well, yes.. Kinda yes he does
  • imakaveliimakaveli Moli Moli Moli Moli Tommy Tommy Tommy Tommy... Members Posts: 12,558 ✭✭
    new2g0lf wrote:


    Koepka is a great golfer who hasn't figured out the power and importance of marketing himself. In this "look at me" era of social media, you have to self promote, give the press some meat to run with or else you get ignored. He wants to define the terms of his relationship with the media, as Tiger did, but he's not Tiger. DJ isn't all that exciting an interview either but the media will throw in some Paulina questions to make it worth their while.




    Maybe he values Majors more than instagram followers.
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