Brooks Koepka breaks down the art of learning from losing

Brooks Koepka

Brooks Koepka joined the latest episode of The Scoop to talk about what you learn from winning vs. losing and lots more.

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Brooks Koepka, you might have heard, has won a lot in his career. Five majors, to be exact, plus about two dozen other times on various tours in his professional life.

And that’s not even counting the loads of junior and amateur wins. Yet when Koepka sat down with GOLF’s Claire Rogers for the latest edition of The Scoop — which you can watch right here on YouTube — he didn’t answer the question of what he remembers from his first-ever win. Instead, he talked about the non-wins.

“I remember more of the ones I lost,” he said, while sitting on the range at The Biltmore in Coral Gables, Fla., last month. “I remember coming out and like crying to my dad, and my dad was like, ‘What are you doing? Play better. You won’t cry.’

“I remember more the defeats than I do the wins, and that’s so true even to this day,” he continued. “The wins are kind of a blur and they happen so fast, but the losses, if you learn from them or do it the right way, you can learn a lot more. But they’ll also keep you awake at night too.”

Koepka added there are “without a doubt” more takeaways from the losses over the wins.

“The wins, yeah, they are great, but you don’t really realize your mistakes. Most people when they win they don’t go back and look, OK, I did this, or I did this, or I did this well or this poorly. But when you lose it’s just like, why? So you are trying to find that answer so you end up searching a bit more.”

You can watch the entire Scoop episode with Koepka below, and subscribe to GOLF’s YouTube channel here.

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