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SportU.S. Open notes: Brooks Koepka resents aim for third title in row is not a hot topic

12:30  12 june  2019
12:30  12 june  2019 Source:   latimes.com

Is Brooks Koepka the next generational golfer?

Is Brooks Koepka the next generational golfer? It's at the point where we expect Brooks Koepka to win every major golf tournament he'll play in from here on out. Or, until he proves otherwise. OK, perhaps that's just one person's thinking. But come on: What the guy has done — or is doing — over a span of less than two years is quite remarkable (20 cuts made in 22 career majors, 10 top-10 finishes in those events and four titles of the kind in 23 months). However, does that mean Koepka, who turned 29 on May 3, is destined to be the greatest golfer of his generation — that of the millennial kind? On the surface, without much thought, the answer is probably "yes.

Brooks Koepka went into this United States Open , his fifth, with one PGA Tour victory and one European Tour title . It took him six years — an eternity in a sport that has been ruled by boy kings like Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy — but on Sunday at Erin Hills, Koepka finally won the major title

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U.S. Open notes: Brooks Koepka resents aim for third title in row is not a hot topic © AP Brooks Koepka speaks to the media at a news conference at the U.S. Open Championship golf tournament Tuesday, June 11, 2019, in Pebble Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Matt York)

It would seem the quarry would be bare of rock chips for Brooks Koepka to place on his broad shoulders.

Incredibly, after four major victories in fewer than two years, Koepka keeps finding more.

On Tuesday at Pebble Beach, where Koepka will try to win a third straight U.S. Open beginning Thursday, the 28-year-old was asked in a news conference where the chips on his shoulder come from.

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Brooks Koepka took home the championship title at the U . S . Open this past June, becoming the first to win back-to-back titles in 29 years. Slipping out of a four way tie with three birdies in five holes, Koepka held off Tommy Fleetwood and closed with a 2-under 68 for a one-shot victory.

Brooks Koepka (/ˈkɛp.kə/, born May 3 , 1990) is an American professional golfer on the PGA Tour. He became World Number 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking after winning the 2018 CJ Cup.

Koepka, who captured last month's PGA Championship at Bethpage Black, admitted some of his resentment is self-created, but also noted there were videos produced by Fox Sports to promote this U.S. Open, and the two-time defending champion was not part of one of them.

"There's a couple of things where it's just mind-boggling," Koepka said. "It's, like, really? Like, how do you forget that?"

Later, Koepka said, "I didn't actually see [the promo] for a long time. A bunch of people on Twitter I think tagged me in it, and I guess were amazed that I wasn't in it. I just clicked on the link and saw it and watched it. Just kind of shocked. They've had over a year to kind of put it out. So I don't know. Somebody probably got fired over it or should."

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This week’ s United States Open at Pebble Beach offers Brooks Koepka a rare opportunity — a chance PEBBLE BEACH — Brooks Koepka is chasing a slice of history this week, even if Koepka , like most He also writes features on the Warriors during NBA season, and on various other topics

Brooks Koepka deserves his billing as championship favorite, with Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson right behind him, while Tiger Woods will no doubt At Pebble Beach, course knowledge is as important as any event they’ll play in the U . S . Open , really knowing where to place the ball on the greens.

Koepka was laughing for that last line, but clearly will use it for motivation as he tries to become the second player in U.S. Open history to win the tournament three straight years. When Koepka seized last year's Open at Shinnecock Hills, he joined Curtis Strange (1988-89) as the only back-to-back winners since Ben Hogan (1950-51).

Scotsman Willie Anderson captured his three straight U.S. Opens from 1903 through '05 in an era when fields numbered fewer than 100 players.

Of possibly matching Anderson, Koepka said, "I haven't talked to anybody about going three in a row. I'm not thinking about it. I know the odds are stacked up probably even more against me now to go three in a row than to back it up. It's hard to win the same event three times in a row. I don't know how many times it's even been done on the PGA Tour, let alone a major championship."

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Brooks Koepka hopes to become the first player in 114 years to win three consecutive U . S . Opens . And Strange can tell Koepka from experience that what unfolds this week at Pebble Beach will not Koepka , who tied for 50th at the RBC Canadian Open on Sunday in his only outing since the PGA

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U.S. Open notes: Brooks Koepka resents aim for third title in row is not a hot topic © Getty Images FARMINGDALE, NY - MAY 19: Brooks Koepka celebrates his victory on the 18th hole during the final round of the 101st PGA Championship held at Bethpage Black Golf Course on May 19, 2019 in Farmingdale, New York. (Photo by Hailey Garrett/PGA of America via Getty Images)

In the modern playing of the four majors, only one man has won three straight of any single event. Australian Peter Thomson lifted the British Open's Claret Jug from 1954-56.

Remarkably, among the record 18 majors Jack Nicklaus has won, he went back-to-back only once (1965 and '66 Masters). Thirty-one players have repeated at majors. Koepka is the current repeat champion of the U.S. Open and PGA.

Koepka was still in college when the 2010 U.S. Open was played at Pebble Beach, and his pro experience here is limited to a 2016 appearance in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. He played two rounds at Pebble and tied for eighth.

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With Pebble playing at a short 7,075 yards, Koepka figures he'll hit his driver on only a couple holes all week, opting for three-wood instead, and doesn't feel as if it's a disadvantage.

"I've got a shorter club, it's easier to hit it on line," he said. "I should, technically, be more in the fairway than the guy who is hitting driver."

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