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Love him or loathe him, you have to admire Brooks Koepka’s honesty.

In a wide-ranging interview with Golf Digest, the 31-year-old American got candid on a number of subjects, ranging from the Ryder Cup to mental health.

However, it is arguably his comments on major championships that raised the most eyebrows.

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Koepka, a winner of four of the game’s marquee events up to now, revealed that he believes he will break Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major victories.

“I don’t see any reason that can stop me,” he said. “I’m 31. I have another 14 years left. If I win one a year, I got Jack. People misconstrue that as being cocky. No, that’s just my belief. If I don’t have that belief, I shouldn’t be
out there. If you don’t think you can win, why the hell are you teeing it up?

“‘Yeah, I’m just going for second place this week’. There’s a lot of that on tour. Even elite players are very happy with that. Second? Sports are made to have a winner and a loser. You’re one or the other.”

Koepka, who remains an injury doubt for next week’s Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits, added that it is trophies and not money that motivates him.

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“It comes down to what you want,” he said. “Do you want to have security or greatness? What makes that person happy? Do you want to be the person who plays 15 years and never misses a cut but never wins or the person who misses seven cuts a year and wins every year? Different people want different things. What satisfies you doesn’t satisfy me. I know what I want.”

• You can read the full interview with Brooks Koepka in Golf Digest here.

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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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