During an interview with Golf Digest, Koepka was asked if he thought he’d be able to win as many majors as Tiger. Ever the optimist, he suggested he’ll catch Jack Nicklaus by the time his career is over.
“In my mind, I’m going to catch him on majors. I believe that. I don’t see any reason that can stop me. I’m 31. I have another 14 years left,” Koepka said. “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?”
He’s never been one to shy away from making a controversial statement. It’s clear Koepka believes in himself, but what do the fans think?
The reaction on social media seems to suggest they don’t think he can catch Tiger – let alone Jack.
People love his confidence, though.
Brooks is tremendous. This is the attitude to have. This isn't going to happen but I love the confidence. Too many injuries already for him makes me think 8 would a great accomplishment. https://t.co/JoUu4q4wx8
— Brett Rasdall (@BrettRasdall) September 14, 2021
I love it when athletes have confidence in themselves. Why play if you're not trying to win every time?
That said…Brooks…buddy…you have no chance at that. Just casually throwing out "one major a year" like it's a lock. SMH. https://t.co/YFXQI1m08N
— Riley Gates (@Riley_Gates) September 14, 2021
Koepka won four majors in a three-year span from 2017-19. After winning those four titles in short succession, it looked like he was primed to make a run at the greats.
However, he hasn’t won a major in two years as he’s battled a series of injuries.
Can he catch Tiger?