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Golf: Dummying It Down

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Stan Sutherland
Stan Sutherland

“And I kind of dummy it down and make it very simple, and I think that's what helps me,” so said Brooks Koepka at this year’s PGA Championship press conference.

Hanging in there
Brooks said, “If you just hang around - I think one of the big things that I've learned over the last few years is you don't need to win it, you don't have to try to go win it. Just hang around. If you hang around, good things are going to happen."

A winning approach
When asked, “We've heard you say several times majors are the easiest to win; yet that seems too simple for complicated minds. What has led you to internalize this approach which clearly seems to be a winning approach?” Then Brooks proceeded to explain the math behind his mindset.

“156 in the field, so you figure at least 80 of them I'm just going to beat. From there, the other -- you figure about half of them won't play well from there, so you're down to about maybe 35. And then from 35, some of them just -- pressure is going to get to them. It only leaves you with a few more, and you've just got to beat those guys.”

Not staying in the moment
Explaining why he has in essence a better record in majors compared to the PGA tour Brooks said, “I've gone out on Saturday and tried to build a cushion, maybe pressed a little bit too hard and gotten ahead of myself, where in the majors I just stay in the moment. I never think one hole ahead. I'm not thinking about tomorrow. I'm not thinking about the next shot. I'm just thinking about what I've got to do right then and there.”

Quote of the Day
“No one has the balls to penalize' slow play.” - Brooks Koepka
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