US Open winner Brooks Koepka has revealed he almost quit golf in 2013 after losing all enthusiasm for the sport.
With the lead after the third round of the Scottish Hydro Challenge on the European Challenge Tour, the then 23-year-old questioned his commitment to the game and almost didn’t turn up for the final round.
“I called [my agent] Blake Smith the night of the third round. I called him and I was like, I don’t even want to play, I just want to go home,” Koepka told the Daily Mail.
“I don’t want to say homesick, it was just tired of golf and tired of travelling.
“I just wanted to be home, even though I think I had the lead at that point and was about to win the third one. For some reason I just wanted to get out and go home,” he added.
“I’ve never felt that way. I didn’t even know what was going on.
“I think I had played so many weeks in a row, not a day off, it really got to me.”
Koepka fought his emotions and turned out for the fourth and final round in Aviemore and saw out his third win in two months on the Challenge Tour.
From there he would cross over to the PGA Tour in 2014 where he’s found competition a bit more intense; however, he feels his first win at a major has been deserved.
“I felt like I put myself in contention so many times and I don’t want to say got unlucky, but just felt like It just never fully came together,” Koepka said.
“I put myself in some good chances over the majors over the last few years and never really quite came through.
“I just felt like I should be winning more. I’m not a big fan of losing, I don’t think anyone out here is.
“And I just couldn’t stand the fact that I’d only won once (on the tour).”