Who could be a better advocate for her son than his own mother?
In golf writer Alan Shipnuck’s latest book, “LIV and Let Die,” an intriguing narrative unfolds, suggesting that Brooks Koepka had a poignant exchange with his mother. This purportedly centered around his choice to become a part of LIV Golf.
“F— all of those country club kids who talk s— about me,” Koepka allegedly said. “You think I give a f— what they think? You think I care what people say about me? I just had three surgeries, and I’m supposed to turn down $130 million? I grew up with nothing. After signing that contract, the first person I called was my mom. We both cried.”
Denise Jakows, Koepka’s mother, swiftly addressed this story on Wednesday. She unequivocally dismissed the notion that her son was in tears following his decision to accept $130 million to depart from the PGA Tour and join LIV Golf.
“Just to clarify, the only time my son (Brooks) and I cried together was when he was born,” Jakows wrote on the platform formerly known as Twitter. “He was testing lungs for the first time; I was glad the pregnancy ordeal was over. End of story.”
On Thursday, Koepka retweeted a post from Justin Thomas concerning Shipnuck’s recent work.
Thomas expressed, “I’d like to speak on behalf of a lot of Tour players and say we’re sick of @AlanShipnuck doing what he does. Bring positivity and good stories to help grow the game of golf, not try and make money bashing guys, earning zero trust, with a lot of incorrect information. Ridiculous.”
As of now, Shipnuck has not issued any response to Koepka and Thomas’s social media comments.
One can reasonably infer that Brooks and his mother share a very close bond, given her willingness to publicly defend him in such a prominent forum.