Brooks Koepka is basically good at golf, and he’s actually good at golf on the most important levels. For the reason that 2017 Masters, he has performed in 14 main championships. In these 14 appearances, he has received 4, completed second twice, and positioned within the top-10 in three extra. Half of his 14 Majors appearances have been a top-10 end or higher.
Earlier as we speak, within the first spherical of the U.S. Open, Koepka was two underneath par. At the moment:
That’s 61 photographs higher than the following closest golfer. That’s an absurd quantity of dominance. One thing in regards to the huge stage simply fits him.
Over the previous 4 years, the U.S. Open has belonged to this man. He’s taking part in in his eighth. He’s made six cuts. He has 4 top-5 finishes, together with back-to-back victories in 2017 and 2018, and completed second in 2019.
The Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde routine that Koepka places on between his Majors appearances and non-major appearances is surprising.
“I feel generally the majors are the best ones to win,” Koepka told reporters forward of the 2019 PGA Championship.
“There’s 156 [players] within the discipline, so you work at the least 80 of them I’m simply going to beat. You work about half of them received’t play nicely from there, so that you’re all the way down to about perhaps 35. After which from 35, a few of them simply – strain goes to get to them. It solely leaves you with a number of extra, and also you’ve simply received to beat these guys.”
Outdoors of Majors Championships, nonetheless, he’s rather more Clark Kent than Superman. In what might be thought of a tune-up for the U.S. Open, Koepka missed the minimize on the Palmetto Championship at Congaree final weekend. Earlier than that, on Could 23, Koepka completed tied for second on the PGA Championship (a Main). The event earlier than that, the AT&T Byron Nelson on Could 16, he missed the minimize once more. It’s a constantly inconsistent affair with Koepka.
However, when he’s on, he’s terrifying for the remainder of the sector. On the eighth gap as we speak, Koepka missed the green badly, landed his subsequent shot in some nasty grass on the sting of a bunker, chipped it out with basically a horizontal baseball swing, after which saved par. As is seemingly at all times the case, he’s proper within the thick of issues. He completed his first spherical at two underneath par and two strokes off the lead.
In the event that they ever create a world rating primarily based solely on Majors, Koepka could be the explanation why, and could be the world No. 1.