“I haven’t peaked yet.”
That’s a frightening idea, for the ones had been the phrases of Brooks Koepka a couple of days ahead of he left for Asia to start out his 2018-19 season, a assured, directly ahead declaration that no doubt didn’t ring shallow regardless of his lofty achievements of past due.
Take word, thoughts you, that he’s a three-time main champion, two of the ones coming this 12 months when he effectively defended his U.S. Open name and held off Tiger Woods to raise the Wanamaker Trophy on the PGA Championship. Also take into accout that he’s gained 3 of the remaining six majors he’s performed, and he’s gained 3 of his remaining 12 international begins. And he mentioned the ones phrases the day he was once introduced because the PGA Tour’s participant of the 12 months for the 2017-18 season regardless of lacking 4 months with a wrist harm that threatened his profession.
But regardless of an influence recreation the envy of just about all his friends, a progressing iron recreation from inside of 150 yards and an ever-improving brief recreation, to not point out one of the sport’s very best temperaments, a brief reminiscence and hovering self belief, Koepka firmly believes there’s room for development.
And he hasn’t modified his thoughts regardless of achieving the highest of the golfing international. Koepka become the sector’s No. 1 participant after successful his season debut on the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in South Korea by way of 4 pictures remaining week, which incorporated a back-nine 29 en path to a final-round 64.
It was once additional evidence of some other power of Koepka’s — his recreation travels. The victory was once his 12th international. He’s gained in six nations — U.S., South Korea, Scotland, Turkey, Italy and Spain. And he’s gained on 3 excursions, the PGA Tour, European Tour and European Challenge Tour.
“I’ve got a good team behind me. I’ve got a good game plan … keep things simple with my golf swing,” Koepka, 28, mentioned. “I am nonetheless running at the similar issues with my coaches that I have labored on from day one, so they are no longer going to switch the rest. I am not going to allow them to trade the rest.
“We’ll simply stay looking for tactics to fortify a little bit bit, whether or not or not it’s direction control or simply working out my recreation a little bit bit extra.”
Being No. 1 gained’t trade him, both. While others have talked overtly concerning the demanding situations of being No. 1 and the pressure inherent with the rating — Koepka become the 23rd other participant to turn into No. 1 because the ratings started in 1986 — the pressure of being atop the perch gained’t weigh on Koepka. The guy simply doesn’t sweat the rest, doesn’t let unhealthy pictures or unfortunate bounces linger.
“I just think pressure is all what you put on yourself,” he mentioned. “Pressure comes from fear. If you start thinking about the result or what might happen if you do something, that’s the only time there’s pressure. I just need to keep winning. I’ve gotten so much confidence off winning those majors where it’s incredible every time I tee it up I feel like I really have a good chance to win whether I have my A-game or not.”
He’ll want his A-game this week in Shanghai for the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions at Sheshan International Golf Club. There’s a big championship really feel with 5 of the highest six gamers on this planet within the box, together with No. 2 Dustin Johnson and No. three and protecting champion Justin Rose. Nineteen of the highest 30 on this planet are within the box.
But Koepka can’t wait to get began. He needs to stick at No. 1 but when loses the highest rating, he’ll simply get after it once more. He simply needs to stay getting higher and higher and upload to his increasing trophy case.
“I need to play well in the majors, that’s been my key. That’s been something that I’ve created a pattern in the majors and I just need to keep improving,” Koepka mentioned. “I haven’t figured out Augusta and the Masters yet and I’m looking forward to finally going back and trying to figure out how to really take advantage of that golf course, because I feel with my game I definitely can win there.”
Well, he’s gained maximum far and wide else, so don’t be shocked one bit if he dons a inexperienced jacket.