Rory McIlroy’taken aback’ by Brooks Koepka’s dig Dustin Johnson

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SAN FRANCISCO — Rory McIlroy took place with Brooks Koepka’s remarks following the next round of the PGA Championship where he noticed that Dustin Johnson”just” had one important to his title as he assessed his chances at winning a third straight Wanamaker Trophy.

Asked about it Sunday after a final-round 68, McIlroy said he wasn’t impressed.

“it is a really different mindset to bring to golfing which I do not think plenty of golfers have,” said McIlroy, who’s won four big championships but none because 2014. “I had been watching the golfing night and noticed the meeting and was only kind of taken aback a bit by what he said and if he had been hoping to play head games or maybe not.

“If he is trying to play head games, he is attempting to do it to the wrong individual. I really don’t think D.J. actually gives a lot of concern [to] that. But only different. I try to respect everybody out here. Everybody is a superb player. If you have won a significant championship, you are a hell of a participant. Does not mean that you’ve just won one: You have won you, and you have needed to do a great deal of great things to do this.

“I mean, kind of difficult to knock a man who’s got 21 wins the PGA Tour, that will be three times what Brooks has.”

Johnson chose a 1-shot guide in the last round. His lone significant title came in the 2016 U.S. Open. Three past occasions he held that the 54-hole lead at a major and didn’t go on to triumph. He caught his 21st PGA Tour name — just Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson have significantly more among active players in June in the Travelers Championship.

Koepka and McIlroy double dueled this past year, together with Koepka prevailing in the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational after which McIlroy winning the Tour Championship, where Koepka finished fourth.

Koepka stated last fall he did not observe the 2 players using a competition.

“I have been out here for what, five decades ago” Koepka explained. “Rory has not won a major because I have been around the PGA Tour. So I really don’t see it as a competition.”

When sizing the final-round leaderboard, Koepka said he enjoyed his chances in yanking a PGA Championship three-peat… in part because he understood those he had been competing against weren’t as experienced as him and Johnson’s only significant name was four decades back.

Koepka has won four majors and also for the next year in a row has been attempting to acquire the exact same important for the third consecutive year.

“I like my chances,” he explained. “When I have been in this place before, I have capitalized. I really don’t understand, he has just won one. I am playing great. We are going to see.”

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