Cape Town - Watch out world: Brooks Koepka has no more time for political correctness and will be speaking his mind more often from now on.
Koepka's evolution from a player that seemed to totally fly under the
radar last year despite racking up major wins aplenty, to someone who's
not afraid to let the media know exactly how he's feeling, has been
quite an interesting one to behold.
Speaking ahead of the Honda Classic, Koepka said that because he now
feels like he belongs in golf's upper echelon, he is not going to hold
back and simply offer diplomatic responses when asked to comment on
"You're actually, probably, getting the real me now," said the three-time major winner.
"I think, before, I was just trying to be politically correct, not
stir any bubbles and just kind of go on with things and be unnoticed.
"I feel like now, where I've put myself in the game, I've kind of established myself.
"I feel like I actually do have a voice, and it will be heard. I can
do that now, where when you've won once on the PGA Tour, you can't
really say the thing you want to say.
"There are a lot of things I've got opinions on.
"I'm going to say it now. I'm not going to hold anything back."
It's not just talk either. Koepka has indeed been surprisingly
outspoken when discussing recent controversies like the ones surrounding
slow play or Sergio Garcia's behaviour at the Saudi International.
"I just don't understand how it takes a minute and 20 seconds, a
minute and 15 to hit a golf ball; it's not that hard," he said when
asked about Bryson DeChambeau's slow play at the Dubai Desert Classic.
"Guys are already so slow it's kind of embarrassing. I just don't get why you enforce some things and don't enforce others."
And later when the problem also reared its head on the PGA Tour
following JB Holmes' laboured win at the Genesis Open, he added: "Slow
players are breaking the rules but no one has the balls to penalise
As for Sergio's disqualification in Saudi Arabia after damaging
several greens in frustration, Koepka did not spare the Spaniard's
"To act like a child out there is not cool," he said. "It's not
setting a good example and it's not cool to us, showing us no respect or
anybody else. That's just Sergio acting like a child."
What will Koepka say next? We almost can't wait for the next controversy to unfold.