Brooks Koepka says he's never had a hot drink in his life
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Brooks Koepka says he’s never had a hot drink in his life

We may finally know the real secret to Brooks Koepka's incredible major championship success: He's never had a hot drink in his life.

Coming off a third-round 3-under 68 on Saturday in the 2019 US Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links, the two-time defending champion Koepka revealed to Fox Sports that he's never, ever had a hot drink.

"Growing up in Florida, man, you're not going to drink coffee," Koepka said. "I don't drink coffee in the morning. I don't drink anything."

Interviewer Joel Klatt, who stumbled on this discovery after he offered a warm beverage to Koepka before their on-set interview, sounded somewhat incredulous. After all, Klatt was a former quarterback for the University of Colorado football team. He knows the value of a warm drink on a cold day. Klatt asked about Koepka drinking a hot chocolate.

"No, no hot chocolate," Koepka said. "Never had one."

Of course, Klatt didn't dig too far down the rabbit hole. Maybe Koepka's had a hot tea for a sore throat. Maybe he's had an Irish coffee or a hot toddy. Is soup a drink if it's just broth?

We can save these questions for a future day, as Koepka sits four shots behind the lead of Gary Woodland through three rounds as he looks to become the first player since Willie Anderson in 1905 to complete a threepeat of US Open titles.

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