“It’s very humbling.”
Cameras caught Brooks Koepka twice shutting down his girlfriend on Sunday ahead of the final round of the PGA Championship, which he went on to win.
As Koepka walked toward the clubhouse at Bethpage Black course in Farmingdale, New York, Jena Sims touched his waist and leaned in. But he turned away and fist-bumped a passerby.
When she tried again, the 29-year-old Floridan appeared to say something to her, which caused her to quickly walk ahead of him and cross her arms.
Twitter commenters mostly praised Koepka’s focus. Boxers and other male athletes have been known to avoid sex and intimacy ahead of big competitions in the belief that it weakens their masculine powers.
— Triple H Tackling Academy (@HHHTacklingAcad) May 20, 2019
Some said Sims, a 30-year-old former teen beauty queen turned model and actress, seemed clingy.
I watch a lot of golf & have seen these two interact quite a bit. She always seems very clingy & dramatic. She wants the attention and to be in the spotlight. Look at past clips. Would you kiss your husband/wife at work in front of all of your coworkers? Think about it that way.
— Sarah Pannunzio (@sarahgracepnunz) May 19, 2019
However, others took a feminist stance, saying Koepka had disrespected Sims.
— Teresa Taylor (@teresataylorpro) May 19, 2019
One Twitter commenter instructed Sims to “leave him now.”
@jenamsims Leave him now. If he doesn’t cherish you now, he never will. Every woman deserves better
— J R (@ShadyLady126) May 19, 2019
Canadian radio DJ Karlo Berkovich said Koepka had made an “asshole jerk move.”
pretty cursory kiss and about the 5th person to congratulate him this dude is in deep shit with this girl good for her and deservedly so for his asshole jerk move pre-round. @PGAChampionship https://t.co/VmrreuAPWy
— Karlo Berkovich (@KarloBerkovich) May 19, 2019
Speaking about their relationship to Golf.com on Saturday, Sims admitted she is a fan of public displays of affection.
“I’m not so discrete,” she said. “I’ll just wave, and he’ll tip his hat. I’ll blow him a kiss. I’m not trying to be too low-key. If I see him and he sees me, I’m like, ‘Hi!'”
Koepka wasn’t blowing any kisses Sunday as he gutted out a victory. Over the course of the day, his seven-stroke advantage narrowed to as little as one, but he ultimately finished with two shots to spare.
After securing the Wanamaker Trophy and a $1.98 million payday, Koepka gave Sims a peck in front of the cameras.
According to analysts, Koepka’s talent has gone somewhat under-appreciated because of his intense demeanor on and off the course. He has admitted to having a chip on his shoulder.
However, Koepka has now won the PGA Championship in two consecutive years, after doing the same with the U.S. Open in 2018 and 2017. No other player has concurrently won two different majors back-to-back. He was also the first to win his first four majors within two years.
Reporters compared him to American golf greats like Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.
“It’s very humbling,” Koepka responded “To even put my name with theirs is incredible.”
Later on Sunday, President Donald Trump congratulated Koepka on Twitter, calling him a “great champion.”
A great win for Brooks. Congratulations to a great champion! https://t.co/74z0n2icuA
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 20, 2019
Before the PGA Championship, Koepka and Sims visited New York City. The golfer shared a single photo of their time together on Instagram and made sure to include Lady Liberty.
“My two girls,” he wrote.
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