After reassessing his goals, Brooks Koepka is now targeting 10 Major titles

Fresh from winning a record fourth LIV Golf title on Sunday, Brooks Koepka is trending again and dreaming big ahead of his PGA Championship defense at Valhalla.

Before he put everyone on notice that his game is “starting to come around” following a two-shot victory at LIV Golf Singapore, Brooks Koepka sat down to reflect on his big-game status, the failures that fuel him and Michael Jordan, and why he believes winning 10 Majors is attainable.

Everything that follows is Brooks Koepka in his own words.

I am unapologetically myself. I am super competitive, and I hate losing. I often think about the Michael Jordan scenario where he had this slight against everybody and replicate that in my own head. I can pretty much tell you about any time that I have lost to anybody and in golf, we all know that the sport is a game of failure where you don’t get the opportunity to win that often so when you do, you need to capitalize. I draw up a similar scenario in my head of every time that person I’m competing against has beaten me, so I don’t add to the list!

Brooks Koepka won the 2023 US PGA Championship at Oak Hills.

I have always learnt from defeat well and that is something that has helped my success. After losing the 2023 Masters, I came back to my house and there were a lot of people there. As you can imagine, after losing, you don’t always want to see everybody, but I sat out back with my best friend for six or seven hours and I will never forget the moment when he said: “Don’t ever be afraid to win”. I think that was something that stuck with me and definitely at the PGA Championship a month later.

The fifth Major title meant the most to me, given everything that I had been through with injury and coming back from that. I also had my whole team there, which was pretty special. There are only a few people who have won more than one Major championship so to win five feels incredible. I still feel like I am living in a dream so hopefully, I don’t wake up!

I enjoy the big stage when the spotlight is on and when things are more difficult. The Major championships really test who is the best; who has “it” and who doesn’t. As they say in other sports, I am someone who wants the ball with a few seconds to go and that is something that I have had in me since I was a little kid.

Brooks Koepka is chasing a sixth major championship victory at Valhalla

I enjoy events that are tough from the start. Every shot is amplified more at the Major championships. When you arrive on the Sunday before or that Monday, you immediately know you are at a Major championship. It is in the air and you really feel it. It just adds a little bit of extra pressure and I love that.

I am excited for Valhalla in Kentucky. Last time in 2014 I played really well – there’s nothing wrong with fourth place at a Major championship – so I am hoping to build on that success and experience. Hopefully, I can defend my title but even the prospect of winning three back-to-back titles is crazy to think of.

When I look back at success, I think success is defined by the Major championships. They are the one thing that set you apart in this game and to win as many of these tournaments as possible has always been my goal.

In terms of long-term goals, I want to get to double digits in Major titles. I think that 10 titles is very attainable. That goal is something that I have had to change, which I guess is the key to success. You always have to keep moving the goalposts to stay motivated and hungry for more. You have to set goals that you can attain but also some goals that are far away, so you have something that you are working towards every day.

Brooks Koepka warmed up for his PGA Championship defence by winning LIV Golf Singapore.

Brooks Koepka is a Rolex Testimonee and part of the brand’s enduring relationship with the sport which began almost 60 years ago, in 1967, when Arnold Palmer, joined by Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, became the brand’s first golfing Testimonees. Since then, the affiliation between Rolex and golf has grown into one with a global reach. In 2021, Rolex became the Official Timekeeper and Official Partner of the PGA of America, organizer of the PGA Championship, supporting its efforts to grow interest and inclusion in the game of golf. Through this partnership Rolex is present at all four men’s Majors, the pinnacle of achievement in the sport.

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Today's Golfer features editor Michael Catling.

Michael Catling – Features Editor

Michael Catling is an award-winning journalist who specializes in golf’s Majors and Tours, including DP World, PGA, LPGA, and LIV.

Michael joined Today’s Golfer in 2016 and has traveled the world to attend the game’s biggest events and secure exclusive interviews with the game’s biggest names, including Jack Nicklaus, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Greg Norman, Gary Player, Martin Slumbers and Justin Thomas.

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