What Next For Brooks Koepka? At Least Six More Majors

Brooks Koepka cannot figure out PGA Tour events that don't also serve major championships. I mean this in the figurative sense -- five of his last six finishes in non-majors have been T50 or worse, while five of his last six major starts have been T2 or better -- but also in the literal sense. Consider these two quotes from last week's Travelers Championship, where he finished T56.

Wednesday: "I even told my caddie [Ricky Elliott] today, we're going to try to take the mental approach we do at the majors this week. I'm going to try something maybe a little bit different and see how it works out."

Saturday: "I'm dead, I'm fried. I don't know. It comes from the majors. It comes from being dead from playing so well. [I'm] mentally drained from playing in a major. It happens to everybody. If you're in contention, you're going to be drained. If you're not in contention, it's a lot easier."

He's right about being more cooked after you're in contention, but he also would have known this coming into the week. And to take it a step further, there is some bigger picture inconsistency here. Koepka said he didn't know he would be fried and dead at the time he signed up to play Travelers, yet also claims he always expects to win (or at least contend for) majors. Everyone says this, of course, but he's maybe the most adamant about it. From having won four of them, he has to know that the mental drain of a major week is going to affect his play the week after he's in contention at a major (which, you know, is all of them).

All of this came in the wake of him essentially saying the Canadian Open (a non-major) didn't matter and then accusing the media of twisting his words. So as you can see, Koepka can't seem to figure out events that are not majors.