May 23, 2023 | 10:11 a.m.
As Brooks Koepka chased his dream of winning a fifth major at the PGA Championship this weekend, his wife, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit prospect Jena Sims, was also chasing hers.
The Sims, 34, responded to a separate TikTok troll on Monday who pressed the model on her weekend whereabouts, with the mom-to-be explaining she was splitting her time between New York and Florida as part of the festivities of Launch Week for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 2023.
“Yes me cleaning the trophy case was hilarious and fun, that’s not the real reason I couldn’t watch my husband win the PGA tournament,” Sims said, referring to Sunday’s post. in which she is seen dusting to make room for Koepka’s Wanamaker Trophy.
“Actually, I was chasing a dream of mine. I’m one of seven Sports Illustrated SwimSearch finalists, which means I’m in the running to be a recruit for the magazine. I watched Brooks every chance I got, but I’m so honored to be a part of this community and this weekend was the launch weekend.
Sims, who had long dreamed of appearing in Sports Illustrated Swimsuits, then shared a variety of clips and photos of herself taking part in the festivities while mingling with other models.
“There have been three consecutive nights to celebrate all the fantastic women who have been inside the magazine. And while I know I’m just here playing dress-up in fancy outfits, that’s in made so much bigger than that,” Sims said.
“It’s such an amazing community to be a part of, and it was definitely my first chance to meet more swimsuit models and spend some quality time with the staff, which I did.”
Sims concluded his post with a shot at critics, stating, “Just saying I’m here getting dressed is pretty much exactly like telling Brooks he only played PGA for drink some beer at the end, which he does, but it’s deeper than that.
In the caption to her post, Sims said “having my own dreams and career is why we have such a successful relationship.”
Koepka – who will celebrate his first wedding anniversary with Sims next month – told reporters at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York, that he connected with his wife after picking up the first big win of his career since 2019.
“I called my wife and that was it. He’s the only person I want to talk to right now,” Koepka said.
“My boys are here, hanging out with them and talking to my wife.”
Koepka, who placed second to Jon Rahm at the Masters in April, shot a 67 in Sunday’s final round with a total of 9 under.
Sunday’s victory marked the third PGA championship of Koepka’s career, and what he called “probably the most significant.”
“Forgive my language, but that’s all I had to go through. No one knows all the pain. There were a lot of times I couldn’t even bend my knee. Yeah, that felt good. It was really good,” the 33-year-old said.
Koepka, who has struggled in recent years with injuries, is now the first member of the Saudi-backed LIV golf tour to win a major tournament.
The past few weeks have certainly been exciting for Koepka and Sims, who announced earlier this month that they are expecting their first child together, a baby boy.