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FOX Sports leaves Brooks Koepka out of one of its U.S. Open promos, and the defending champion is NOT happy

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You would think winning back-to-back U.S. Open championships would entitle Brooks Koepka to an appearance in every promo for this week’s event at Pebble Beach. Fox Sports, however, think otherwise, and the decision to omit the defending champion from one of their commercials has left the four-time major winner fuming.

Koepka brought the subject up in his press conference on Tuesday, stating

“I actually didn’t see it for a long time. A bunch of people on Twitter I think tagged me in it, in the promo. And I guess they were amazed that I wasn’t in it. I just clicked on the link and saw it and watched it. Just kind of shocked. They’ve had over a year to kind of put it out. So I don’t know. Somebody probably got fired over it — or should.”

The 29-year-old also took the time to fire shots at those who have complained about the setup at the U.S. Open in recent years, stating that those complaining are just “not playing good enough”.

“Everybody’s got to play the same golf course. So it really doesn’t make a difference. It doesn’t make a difference if you put it in the fairway and you hit every green. There’s really no problem, is there? So obviously they’re not doing what they’re supposed to do. They’re not playing good enough.”

The four-time major champion tees off on Thursday at 4.47 PM ET alongside Francesco Molinari and Viktor Hovland.

 

 

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  1. Donald W Ciriacks

    Jun 15, 2019 at 11:35 am

    oohh….so Fox is now covering golf?? (sarcasm)

  2. Krooks

    Jun 13, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    Go easy on the harsh comments. Brooks might see this and get his feelings hurt.

  3. bruce

    Jun 13, 2019 at 8:48 am

    if Koepka wants to be marketable and on promos he might want to try to stop being such a huge dousche

  4. James

    Jun 13, 2019 at 12:37 am

    Let’s try a different perspective. If Tiger Woods was going for 3 Opens in a row, every news story and every sentence spoken on network would be about Tiger. When he won the Masters, every…. single….. story on Golf Digest website was Tiger Woods for 3 days.

    Boring.

  5. Crusher

    Jun 12, 2019 at 10:58 pm

    Yah, well Fox Sports isn’t exactly the first name in golf. In fact, their US Open coverage has stunk. With the USGA homers Curtis Strange and Paul Azinger kissing butt of the USGA during their poor rulings decisions and the fact that they would be the 2 biggest whiners in golf if they had to play under past USGA conditions, I don’t blame BK for being miffed. But hey, another BK win this weekend and he can tell Fox Sports to shove it and get back to covering Football. Also, Fox Sports the biggest wast of Holly Saunders talent. She has to realize she isn’t going anywhere with that network covering football. Heck, Amanda Balionis is a bigger household name then Holly now because of golf.

  6. Just a thought

    Jun 12, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    Probably doesnt help that he is one of if not THE most boring people in golf (or in the world). Hard to get excited about someone who shows ZERO emotion. A blank stare doesnt sell much. When ever you see commercials with Tiger in them it usually has a shot of his excitement.

  7. JThunder

    Jun 12, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    I have to agree with Brooks – he’s going for 3 US Opens in a row, 2 majors in a row… He should be a prime topic on all Open promo. This is why golf loses when Tiger is not around – no one bothers to tell ALL the other stories going on. If Tiger had that record coming in, it would be the talk 24/7 since the PGA.

    Fox golf coverage is the worst on TV by a wide, wide margin. I can’t even watch with the sound on. It’s like the whole crew has never seen a tournament before – where the cameras are pointed, who they cut to, the announcers… No surprise that they don’t know who Brooks is.

  8. Dan

    Jun 12, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    Like jim or not it’s amazing how little respect he gets considering he’s won 4 majors, 2 being the last 2 US Opens

    • Chris

      Jun 12, 2019 at 5:37 pm

      Probably because he plays lousy on non major weeks

  9. James

    Jun 12, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    Not a wh*re for the media has consequences. Good riddance. Fox is owned by Disney anyway. Nothing but grown children with scripted talking points.

  10. BD

    Jun 12, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    I really hope he doesn’t win. Talk about a prima donna.

  11. n

    Jun 12, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    Imagine suggesting someone should be fired because you weren’t in all of one broadcaster’s commercials, madness. I like Koepka, but he’s starting to get a bit much now and he’s not doing himself any favours.

  12. NTL

    Jun 12, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    He has to find something to get him motivated. 3 of the 4 fox commercials he was in an he is complaining???

  13. Gunter Eisenberg

    Jun 12, 2019 at 11:59 am

    Brooks Koepka is the Rodney Dangerfield of golf…he gets no respect.

  14. JL1127

    Jun 12, 2019 at 11:32 am

    I swear he’s been getting salty as of late… I get it, don’t get me wrong, but how does being in US Open promos help you win? Do you want to win or do you want to be in commercials? Yes, you can be in both, but if you’re not in the promos then just focus on winning the tourney

  15. John

    Jun 12, 2019 at 11:30 am

    What an ego maniac. No wonder no one cares about him.

  16. BJ

    Jun 12, 2019 at 10:20 am

    Is that a shot at Phil?

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