Rory McIlroy jabs Brooks Koepka over Dustin Johnson ‘mind games’

Rory McIlroy took notice of — and some offense at — Brooks Koepka on Saturday throwing shade at 54-hole PGA Championship leader Dustin Johnson, whom he tweaked for having only one career major compared to the four Koepka has won.

“I heard the interview and was just sort of taken aback a little bit by sort of what he said and whether he was trying to play mind games or not,” McIlroy said after his round Sunday. “If he’s trying to play mind games, he’s trying to do it to the wrong person. I don’t think DJ really gives much of a concern [about] that.

“I certainly try to respect everyone out here. Everyone is a great player. If you’ve won a major championship, you’re a hell of a player. Doesn’t mean you’ve only won one. You’ve won one, and you’ve had to do a lot of good things to do that. I mean, sort of hard to knock a guy [Johnson] that’s got 21 wins on the PGA Tour, which is three times what Brooks has.”

Johnson closed with a 2-under 68 but finished tied for second, two shots behind Collin Morikawa, the 23-year-old whose PGA Championship victory was his first major win.

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