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Brooks Koepka tries to sell himself but fails to close deal

Koepka shows his mental frailty with insults lobbed at Dustin Johnson and then failing to prove himself at PGA Championship

Lots of us ordinary golfers have liked Brooks Koepka's comments over the past couple of years. Koepka’s take-it-as-it-is attitude was one that we all could try to emulate. If you play your best and lose, that's golf. Believe that philosophy and you'll probably play better, too.

Then Koepka proves he is just as mentally frail as the rest of us. If you belittle your opponents and their achievements, it means just one thing: you're scared. If you then play the final round having been in contention and just one out of 79 players has a worse score than you do, such as what happened to Koepka on Sunday at the PGA Championship, you'll have a hard time regaining that invincible aura that you kept for a couple of years.

First rule of sales: “Big up” the competition. Tell everyone that the other guys are really good, but we are so much better, and this is why.

Same with sport. Now, Koepka has demonstrated that he couldn't walk the walk. Who will believe him when he talks the talk again? After all, if you beat someone who is great, how good does that make you? If he beats you, there's always next time. But, if you get severely beaten by those whom you've said can't perform, that's a different story, and the happy ending might be a long time coming.

Terry Wall
Winchester, England

Looking for the other half of the story
Showing only half of the rounds from the PGA Championship is like reading every other chapter in a whodunit novel.

While some folks use golf coverage as a tool for a long Sunday afternoon nap, I look at it as a story of who got to where, and how.

Two golfers may both shoot 3 under, but how did they get there? One shot a bogey-free, three-birdie round, and the other had seven birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey. It’s the story behind it is why I watch all four rounds.

I think it goes without question that the morning rounds tend to put up better scores than the afternoon rounds, almost universally. So why is the viewer always limited to only half of the story, and arguably missing the better half?

Maybe I’m wrong. Who really wants to see Tiger Woods, Brooks Koepka and Jason Day, anyway? Oh, yeah … me.

Rich Tarvin
Roseville, Calif.

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