Brooks Koepka and girlfriend Jena Sims are setting the record straight on last year’s smooch snub.
While participating in an Instagram Live Q&A on Monday, Sims was asked why the 30-year-old golfer didn’t kiss her before the final round of the 2019 PGA Championship, a moment now forever ingrained in social media meme-story.
“When you’re walking in, there’s a million different things going on, and we’d always gone a certain way,” Koepka explained of the tournament, which took place at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale.
“But there was a big group of people, the one way that we had usually gone, and decided we were going to go a little different route, just because of so many people blocking it,” he continued. “I kind of was going to grab Jena, and tell her to come this way, I didn’t realize– she thought we were going to separate, I thought we were going to walk into together.”
Koepka, who also called the incident a “blunder,” won the PGA Championship that year, ultimately sealing the victory with a kiss.
Sims then offered more context about their kissing agenda.
“We’re obviously past that now, but on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of that tournament, we walked in and kissed at that exact spot. But then on Sunday, he ends up walking in with me, and we had a meal together, and then he kissed me before the round,” she said.
Sims and Koepka have been dating for three-and-a-half years.