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SportHe calls himself a 'regular person,' but Brooks Koepka is golf's budding superstar

06:10  08 may  2019
06:10  08 may  2019 Source:   latimes.com

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Brooks Koepka captured the 2017 U. S . Open in defiant style, winning by four shots and tying a tournament scoring record in the process. As Diaz noted that , due to his build and habit of wearing a baseball cap off the course, Koepka is often confused as a big-league ballplayer.

Brooks Koepka is golf ' s strongest man and looks like a Hollywood star alongside girlfriend Jena Sims. Koepka 's Instagram is full of photos of himself busting a sweat in the gym. Whether it's burning And Koepka hit back at Chamblee after his opening round. He said: "Well, I lift all the time.

He calls himself a 'regular person,' but Brooks Koepka is golf's budding superstar© Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS Brooks Koepka celebrates his birdie putt on the 1st hole during the second round of the Masters Tournament on April 12, 2019, at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga.

DALLAS - Brooks Koepka grew up in the Tiger Woods heyday.

Woods' greatness attracted Koepka to golf, and he's now seen first-hand just how much of an impact Woods has on the sport.

"I would say 99% of the people that show up when he's playing are there to see him," Koepka said.

That's probably not too far-fetched. Like every sport, golf needs superstars and Woods fits that label better than anyone on the PGA Tour.

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But the sport needs more than just Woods, and Koepka is a budding superstar in his own right. He's the No. 3-ranked player in the world, by far the highest-ranked player in this week's AT&T Byron Nelson at Trinity Forest Golf Club.

Koepka describes himself as a "regular person," but not many "regular people" have won three major championships before turning 30. Ben Hogan didn't win his first of nine majors until age 34. Phil Mickelson didn't get his first of five (and counting) until age 33.

"I don't view myself as probably the person that people see me as," Koepka said. "It's kind of humbling when you go up and you meet people and they're super nervous.

"I wouldn't call myself a superstar but this person where everybody - I'm inside the ropes, and, 'Oh, man, that's Brooks Koepka.' I'm just like everybody else. I don't see myself in that light."

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" He ' s just your average budding 22-year-old superstar ," says his minor league roommate, third But now, three weeks into spring training, the bloom was off the bud . Dunston had just gone 0 for 5 One reason he now finds himself fighting Dunston for his job is his unaccountably dismal exertions at the

But Koepka will find himself in that spotlight the more he wins.

Casual sports fans probably know golfers such as Dustin Johnson for his length off the tee, or Rickie Fowler for his popularity. But neither has found the success at golf's biggest events like Koepka.

Koepka ended last season as the world's No. 1 golfer, and enters the Nelson having made nine of 10 cuts this season. He won the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges last October, and had a runner-up finish to Woods at the Masters.

Koepka sent a congratulatory text to Woods on his Masters victory, to which Woods replied: "We're 1-1."

Woods is referring to the 2018 PGA Championship that Koepka won and Woods finished second. It's easy to envision Woods and Koepka finishing 1-2 in some fashion for a third consecutive major at next week's PGA Championship at Bethpage Black.

As Koepka joked, "Hopefully we'll make that (record) 2-1 very shortly."

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He says it as though he ’ s just another person out here trying to live his life in a good way, and that even when you do that , there is simply no telling what all these weird troublemakers will think up and throw at you next. As if this is just one example of many.

You’re a shitty person but a good writer. I think we’d make a good team. And she got it. Maybe she wasn’t loved widely, but she was loved deeply. And isn’t that more than most of us get? When Hazel was sick, I knew I was dying, but I didn’t wanna say so.

For Koepka, it'd be quite a feat to become a two-time defending champion of multiple majors at the same time. And, of course, boost his popularity and ability to help "grow the game" even more.

Koepka talked about the joy he gets from meeting with kids and spreading his love of golf to them.

"It's probably the coolest feeling," Koepka said, smiling, "Whatever you say ... they listen to everything. It's fun.

"You do have that responsibility as one of the best players in the world to kind of pass the torch."

That's part of the reason Koepka has no issues with the Nelson handing an exemption to former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. At the end of the day, the tournament is about drawing fans to the golf course and Romo will do that.

Outside of Koepka and North Texas' own three-time major champion Jordan Spieth, Romo ranks as one of the biggest storylines of the tournament.

Koepka appreciates that, much like he understands the value and impact Woods' success has on the sport.

"If they're going to bring a lot of fans, that's what we need," Koepka said. "We keep saying we need to grow the game, but the whole object would be to get fans out here. You can criticize it all you want, but it's bringing people out here to watch golf.

"Who knows? They bring their families and kids and might get them started in the game."

This week, Koepka will be focused on his own game in his debut at Trinity Forest. He's not playing this week to fine-tune anything in particular for the PGA Championship, but instead wants to get back into a "rhythm" after taking last week off.

Koepka has played the week prior in all three of his major victories. His tournament will get underway with a 7:30 a.m. tee time off No. 10 on Thursday, as he's paired with Colleyville resident Ryan Palmer and reigning Nelson champion Aaron Wise.

"I'm happy where I'm at," Koepka said of his game. "Hopefully I'll have a good week this week."

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