Brooks Koepka is really good for golf, and he’s really good for golf in the bigger stadiums. Since the 2017 Masters, he has played in 14 major leagues. In those 14 appearances, he won four, finished second twice, and placed in the top-10 in three others. Half of his appearances in 14 Majors have been a final of the top 10 or better.
Earlier today, in the first round of the US Open, Koepka was two under par. At that time:
He is 61 shots better than the next closest golfer. It’s an absurd amount of dominance. Something about the big stage just suits them.
For the past four years, the US Open has belonged to this man. Play to the eighth. He made six cuts. He has four top-5 finishes, including wins back in 2017 and 2018, and finished second in 2019.
The routine Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde that Koepka puts between his Majors appearances and non-major appearances is shocking.
“I think sometimes the biggest ones are the easiest to win,” Koepka said he told reporters ahead of the 2019 PGA Championship.
“There are 156.” [players] in the field, then you figure at least 80 of them, they just go to battle. Think about half of them don’t play well from there, so you’re down to maybe 35. And then from 35, some of them alone – the pressure has to get to them. It only leaves you a few more, and you just need to beat those guys. ”
Outside of the Major Championships, however, it’s much more Clark Kent than Superman. In what could be considered an agreement for the US Open, Koepka missed the cut at the Palmetto Championship in Congaree last week. Prior to that, on May 23, Koepka finished tied for second place in the PGA Championship (a Major). The tournament before that, AT&T Byron Nelson on May 16, also missed the cut. It’s an inconsistent affair with Koepka.
But, when it’s in operation, it’s terrifying for the rest of the field. On the eighth day today, Koepka badly missed the fairway, landed his next shot in some dirty grass on the edge of a bunker, shot him with a horizontal baseball swing, and then saved the pair. As apparently always the case, it’s right in the middle of things. He finished his first round with two under pars and two shots off the lead.
If they ever create a world ranking based solely on the Majors, Koepka would be the reason for that, and he would be the world’s No. 1.